Beer Man: Bayside is a farmhouse ale fit for summer
Bayside Farmhouse-Style Ale, from Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. in Philadelphia, is 5.2% ABV.
Beer Man is a weekly profile of beers from across the country and around the world.
This week: Bayside Farmhouse-Style Ale
Saint Benjamin Brewing Co., Philadelphia
Farmhouse ales, also known as saisons, have become a popular addition to the portfolios of many breweries, and it’s easy to see why.
They are generally light on the palate, fruity and usually offer complex aromas and flavors because of the different spices used. They are a good hot-weather beer packed with flavor, while still being refreshing.
Bayside from Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. had a strong coriander presence in both flavor and aroma, leaning more toward lemon rather than a balance of lemon and orange. Earthy Belgian yeast was noticeable in the background, in a good way — no overwhelming funk or leather notes.
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Its yellow-colored body was light, but not thin, helped by a slight prickliness on the tongue from the carbonation of the 5.2% ABV ale. There was a touch of sweet malt that gave way to a dry and fruity finish.
I found from a description that Bayside contains sea salt, but I did not discern it in the aroma or flavor. The brewery’s website states that the sea salt was added to make Bayside more compatible to pair with seafood.
Also sampled was Saint Benjamin’s Parley India Pale Ale (6% ABV). It also drank lightly and had a wheat malt background that worked well with the 50-50 mix of pine and grapefruit hop characteristics.
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The can label made mention of tropical fruit aromas (it uses Azacca, Amarillo and Centennial hops), but I was hard put to find such a presence. Like the saison, it had light sweet malt notes in the background, but with a bitter kick that ended in a dry finish.
It was a pleasant-looking beer with some slight haze and creamy white head. Overall, a decent IPA more in line with what is considered a session IPA — not too crazy with the pine or bitterness.
Bayside is a fairly new brewery — about 3 years old — and takes its name from famous former resident Benjamin Franklin. It is distributed in Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Its Beer Finder link is here.
Many beers are available only regionally. Check the brewer's website, which often contains information on product availability by mail. Contact Todd Haefer at [email protected] To read previous Beer Man columns, click here.
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