Foundation Brewing came out of the gate with two solid saisons; Blaze and Eddy. Initially it seemed this would be their niche but they have since released a solid brown ale named Burnside and now with the release of Epiphany a straight up American Double IPA it is clear Joel can brew anything.
Epiphany uses a mix of Columbus, Cascade, Citra, Ella, Mosaic hops and clocks in at a manageable 8% ABV. For me this is a good ABV for a double IPA as you get all the hoppy flavor without the alcohol burn. Most of my favorite DIPAs are right around 8%.
The appearance is really the only thing I can find fault in with this beer, I like the unfiltered orange color but there was minimal head retention and little to no lacing. Other than that this beer is just about perfect with a sweet tropical / citrus aroma. Taste starts off sweet but those hops quickly jump in with a slightly dank and extremely juicy punch. Bitterness is there but not overpowering in the finish.
With the release of Epiphany you now have three great options for DIPAs in one building. Check out Catherine from Austin Street and Swish from Bissell Brothers as well.
Pros: Juicy and drinkable
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 85
Brewers Website: Foundation Brewing
Brewers Description: We indulged in our desire to create an IPA that personifies the vivid flavors that can be coaxed from the hop cone, painted on a canvas of soft malt that allows the flavors to shine through. Extensively hopped in the kettle and in the fermentor, we spared nothing in making this beer.
Epiphany was designed to showcase the glorious flavor and aromatics of hops without any astringent bitterness.
Citrus, tropical fruit and pine blend to provide you with a sublimely juicy hop experience.
East or west coast? No. This is a Maine IPA.
I have enjoyed Arthur several times but never took a photo and actually wrote up a review. When talking with people about Hill Farmstead the conversation often starts out with their hoppy offerings; Abner, Edward, the Society & Solitude series and the many other excellent beers but people may overlook the fact that some of the World’s best saisons are also coming out of Greensboro. In fact Beeradvocate’s list of top saisons 11 of the top 20 are from Hill Farmstead / Grassroots Brewing.
Arthur is Hill’s straight up saison, no honey (Anna), no dandelions (Vera Mae) and no barrel aging just a straight up farmhouse saison. Arthur pours a really hazy orange with a huge bright white head. Aroma is an amazing mix of green apple, lemon and light funk. Taste is even more enjoyable than the aroma as you get the same green apple, lemon but you also get a small amount of peppery spice. There is just the right amount of sour funk and a dry refreshing finish that makes this beer incredibly drinkable.
The saison style varies widely but this is just what I like from a farmhouse saison. In the recent months the limits on Hill Farmstead’s saisons has increased significantly so you can typically come home with one to three cases. Next time Arthur is available I may purchase my limit as it is that good.
Pros: Complex and refreshing
Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: Arthur (1922-2005) was our grandfather’s youngest brother; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings. In his honor, this Saison is crafted from American malted barley, American and European hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Arthur.