74 / 100
750ml swing-top bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.
Pours heady and alive, with a crackling, large-bubbled head of white that eventually effervesces itself into nothingness. Body is a deep copper gold colour, but very clear. It actually looks rather lively, even when the head has fizzled out. And that's pretty suitable for the style.
Nose is slightly rustic and acidic, with some earthy tones and a slightly savoury honey tone. Some hay comes through, along with a fragrant sandalwood character. Nice.
Taste is bright and light, but masters the acidity with a crisp bitterness so that it's really not that noticeable. Instead, we get more of the earthy overtones, and a late wet grain character that suggests bread dough. Feel is very light, which is suitableâbut there's enough complexity to the palate that I'd like a little bit more heft.
Nice brew. Drank in a very spring-like autumn in Santa Clara, CA, and it suited it nicely. Light and drinkable and fresh, but with interest and complexity there when you go looking for it.