Brian Dunn founded Great Divide Brewing in the mid-1990s in Denver, when the craft scene in the area barely existed. In the beginning, Dunn was the sole full-time employee, brewing, bottling and selling to accounts all in the same day.

Years later, Great Divide has become a big player in the craft beer industry, producing year-round favorites such as Colette Farmhouse Ale, Hercules DIPA, Claymore Scotch Ale and the Yeti Series of stouts.

Todays review is from the Tank Farm Series and is Nadia Kali, a hibiscus saison coming in at approximately 20 IBUs and 6.3 percent ABV. Great Divide describes Tank Farm as “an opportunity for Great Divide to showcase experimental styles outside of the seasonal six-packs or Barrel Aged Beers.”

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle with no visible bottling date, this beer brings forth a brilliant bronze color with a half finger of slightly off-white head. Carbonation bubbles continually rise from the bottom of the glass throughout the process and lacing is almost non-existent. Aromas from the glass are very floral and malty with a light ginger taste and a decent balance, although slightly sweet, as would be expected from this style of beer.

The taste of Nadia Kali mimics the smell: a lot of bread and brown sugar, with a background of rose water, maple, clove, pear and a hint of black pepper. Carbonation is average and mouthfeel is sweet, coating and slightly syrupy. The alcohol is well hidden and only makes an appearance toward the end of the warming process.

Note: This beer was consumed in November 2016.

Great Divide Nadia Kali
BREWERY: Great Divide Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Denver, Colo.
STYLE: Saison
ABV: 6.3 percent
IBU: 20
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: 2016
AVAILABLE IN: 12-ounce bottles
BEERS POURED: One
Overall, Nadia Kali is a good representation of a saison, although a bit too sweet. Muddled flavors keep the balance from meshing like they should and an over the top amount of sweetness keeps this beer in the average category and nothing more.
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