Golden Road Brewing
from United States (California)
Highest RatedSaison Key Lime (78 / 100) Average score78 / 100 (Excellent)
Lowest RatedSaison Key Lime (78 / 100) Number Tried1
Saison Key Lime
Reviewed by Jez on 01.01.17 from a can
78 / 100
12oz can purchased from Slowbeer.

Pours a lovely bright, cloudy yellow colour, with a frothy white head that looks like the top of a slushie. Lacing forms in long, cracked streaks. Body is light and supple. Carbonation is forthright, flowing in multiple streams of alternately coarse and fine bubbling. Looks good.

Nose is surprisingly strong on the saison elements, with a lovely smooth, velvety organic character providing the bulk of the aroma. It has elements of hay, salt and pepper, crushed herbs and leaf mold. But under this, if you're looking for it, there is a pleasant citric undertone. But rather than impose itself, it provides a linking point for all the other elements, becoming part of a coherent whole—almost the lynchpin, even though you don't overtly notice it.

Flavour is also very good. It starts off with a lighter, more peppery variety of saison, but it gets some smoother characters through the centre. There are notes of vanilla, with a light, organic banana ester character. In the back, there's a slight saline note and a very faint pithy citrus character, giving a light zest to the finish. It's the only note of the lime, but it's another welcome addition.

Feel is really very pleasant: clean and bright with a fine shimmer of carbonation.

Overall, I really like it. The saison that forms its base is complex, bright, drinkable and very enjoyable, and the addition of key lime is subtle but welcome. It accentuates what's already a good beer, without overwhelming it.
appearance: 4.25 | aroma: 4.25 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.25 | drinkability: 4.25