Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Foundation Wanderlust

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1459) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2015
You don’t tend to see too many low ABV canned saisons (one or the other maybe, but not both). Foundation Wanderlust fills a hole in the market by being both at the same time (at least in markets in which it’s available, that is). This might actually be better classified as a Session IPA because the hops are the star of the show rather than the saison base. Either way, it’s very tasty, highly drinkable and just plain fun.

I poured a 16oz can into a tulip glass. It was canned on 8/4/15 and was given to me by a friend (thanks, Al!).

Appearance: Bright gold/pale orange hue but with a very hazy body. Pours to a large white foamy head which retains and laces pretty well.

Smell: Lots of American hops; both grassy and fruity. No traditional yeast esters, though.

Taste: The first thing that impressed me about this beer, before I even opened it, was the fact the hops and malts are listed right on the can. It’s a surprisingly complex recipe for a beer that’s rather light (in alcohol). Billed as a “hoppy farmhouse ale,” I agree with the first word but not so much the second. Big tropical fruit notes right away along with some sweet stone fruit. There’s an underlying sensation of earthy grassy notes which becomes quite prominent on the backend. The hops aren’t so much bitter here as they are spicy. What I don’t get is any typical saison character, which is a bit of a bummer. The malt is pretty direct for such a complex recipe; lightly sweet and pale and sturdy enough to hold up these hops. This could easily be mistaken for a session IPA or extra pale ale and I’d be okay with that.

Drinkability: I was pleasantly surprised to see the 4.5% ABV indication on the can. I’m still impressed after drinking it considering how much flavor and genuine body there was to the brew – this is not simply hoppy seltzer. Well-carbonated and crisp with a clean aftertaste; plus it’s refreshing while in the mouth. An ideal summer thirst quencher for sure.

RATING: 8/10

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