Anchor Zymaster Series No. 6 Saaremaa Island Ale

Anchor Zymaster Series No. 6 Saaremaa Island Ale

Rated 3.220 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Anchor Brewing Company

San Francisco, CA, United States

Style:  Wild Ale

6% Alcohol by Volume

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Inspired by Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter’s Estonian beer journey. Saaremaa Island Ale is a medium-bitter pale ale (6% ABV) with Old World hop flavor and aroma with a light body and clean finish. But what makes our ale exceptional is the native yeast that Mark clandestinely brought back from his journey. It took months to isolate and culture this special strain, so essential to the unique character of Saaremaa Island’s indigenous beers. Reminiscent of some Belgian varieties, the yeast contributes a richly complex piquancy with overtones of freshly ground clove and allspice.

ID: 57759 Last updated 8 years ago Added to database 8 years ago

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Overall Rank18230
Overall Percentile64.8
Style Rank415 of 1221
Style Percentile66
Lowest Score3.3
Highest Score3.8
Average Score3.550
Weighted Score3.220
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.3 8 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Sampled on 12/31/2014. This traditional ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 220z bottle. Medium sized white foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity, honey, malt, raw grain and spices. A medium to light bodied traditional ale. The malts are caramel and sweet, banana and clove, bready and spicy. The hops are herbal and earthy. Good carbonation. Interesting beer. Lots of earthiness and herbal notes, with a pretty strong semi-sweet malt base. Very drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.8 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I wouldn't really think of this as a wild/sour, though technically it is a wild yeast...so there you go. It's a plae base but dioesn't resemble a pale ale at all. The yeast is very belgian in character and the beer comes off as a unique Belgian/hefe/saison hybrid. Notes of citrus and hay, but also pronounced banana and clove and some barnyard. Cool brew...

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