A new release in Smutty's Short Batch series, this is an interesting and aggressively hoppy saison ale. It's brewed with a new hop variety called El Dorado, which contributes fruity notes of stone fruit and watermelon rind as well as a solidly bitter hop backbone. A bright gold color in the glass, fruity and slightly piney hop aromas lead on the nose, but are followed shortly after by scents of lightly toasted grain, grass, citrus oil, pear and a hint of white pepper. There's a warmth to the bouquet, which continues on to the full, lush palate, alongside flavors of melon, pear and citrus and medium carbonation that keeps the mouthfeel bright and refreshing.
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Managing Editor, Print, and Tasting Director
Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon.
Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).