Eye Pea Eh? - Dave's BrewFarm
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Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by lurpy1:
4.2/5 rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
First, a word about the BrewFarm. The flagship beer, Matacabras, is reasonably available outside the BrewFarm. It's a very good beer, but it's nearly conventional. And it certainly doesn't tell the whole story of the madness, the method, the genius, of Farmer Dave and the Brewfarm. That requires a trip to Wilson, WI. Take the trip, I implore you. You'll learn that Dave's not a brewer. He's an alchemist. What he does is art and science fused together to create the unlikeliest of beers/potion.
Eye Pea Eh? is no exception. American IPA my ass, but then again, Eye Pea Eh defies classification, as do nearly all Brewfarm drinks. It fuses elements of IPA, strong ale, blonde ale, and belgium styles brilliantly. If you are looking for a hoppy American IPA, look elsewhere. But if you are looking for a great drink, look at Eye Pea Eh?
It pours out a root beer brown with a finger or so of head after a vigorous pour. Smell is somewhat sweet with a slight hop and strong malt backdrop. The magic comes in the taste. I pick up the ordinary malt and hop balance, plus, well, let's see here...brown sugar, caramel, molasses, pineapple/grapefruit juice. And, wait for it...curry seasonings? Holy shit, what a great brew.
Terrific. Can't wait to try another insane concoction.
Serving type: growler
12-28-2011 14:09:44 | More by lurpy1
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4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I have a standard reaction when I read the description of pretty much every beer at the BrewFarm: "This is going to be a train wreck." Then you put the glass to your lips, angels sing, Nazis die, & lo! The beer is good. Anybody who hasn't been here, go. Immediately.
This is my first Brewfarm to go, 33.2 ounce swingtop growler. Poured into a couple of wide-mouthed pint glasses, & swigged the ounce or two of remains. Dark amber that seems to glow with a life of its own; small quantity of floaties. The smell defies description (well, easily): chile, malt sweetness, rye spices. Wild.
Eye Pea Eh? makes a mockery of the silly categories that people try to adhere to. The spicing calls the dance: rye spicing & a touch of heat (the curry, I presume, in my best Sherlock Holmes voce). Ballsy pairing, & they actually complement one another rather than begin a death spiral. Underneath is a light fruitiness, almost bananaesque, strings removed. Malt sweetness holds it up. Fleeting caramel. But the spicing really knits this one together & leaves the upper lip tingling slightly in happiness in its wake. The only faint flaw is a bit of heaviness in the mouth; but I quibble. Drinkie drinkie. This could have been used for one long night.
Beautifully crafted beer, as everything at the Brewfarm is. More points for uniqueness. Simply an excellent beer, though there's nothing simple about it.
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2011 03:44:11 | More by maximum12
4.38/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Farmer Dave's …I mean, Dave's BrewFarm Eye Pea Eh? 8% ABV, "Farmer D finally did it! He brewed his first "IPA." But, with the usual BrewFarm twists. Pils, Caramel 120, and Rye malts, German Tettnang, and French Strisselspalt hopswith pureed pineapple, brown sugar, and curry powder. Fermented with a Thames Valley yeast. Enjoy your journey to Indonesia."
What the--??? who? how? why? Okay, here we go, and away…
Dark crimson coloring, clear at the bottom, small white head, quickly receding to a tight ring, with floating islands of foaminess. Mmm, hmm.
Aroma: more malty and sweet than anything. Farmer Dave is a sadistically sarcastic man when it comes to styles and names. He'll never admit when he makes anything close to an IPA, and when he does proclaim such a thing, you get the rug pulled out from under your feet. There are jokes upon jokes up there, in that description, and the last thing that this Indonesia Pale Ale (that's not pale) should deliver is what we expect from an India Pale Ale.
yep, sweetness and malt, brown sugar and curry (pineapple???), minor hops at most. Very likable, this blend of curry and brown sugar, exotic and inviting.
Taste: Wow. Somthin' else, man. Medium bodied, medium finish, stays just long enough on the palate, to tempt you into having more. Caramel malt is foremost in the flavor, with the spice and the brown sugar making that magic mix in the mouth. I can't say I can taste the pineapple, but there's some sweet underneath. And, again, whatever the hops are up to is, it's very minor. Very light. If you expected an "IPA" from this "Eye Pea Eh?", you got punk'd by Farmer Dave.
This actually gets yummier and yummier as we go further in, and maybe we can credit/blame the alcohol with/on that. Or is just the feeling of well-being and comfort I'm enjoying? Probably. The deliciousness is an empirically decidedly real and true thing. This is one swingtop liter of Wisconsin farmhouse brew that is going down fast, easy, and fun.
Serving type: growler
11-14-2011 23:25:42 | More by feloniousmonk
4.43/5 rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Got a growler of this from the BrewFarm and here is the description from the attached parchment:
"Farmer D finally did it! He brewed his first "IPA." But, with the usual BrewFarm twists. Pils, Caramel 120 and Rye malts, German Tettang and French Strisselspalt hops, with pureed pineapple, brown sugar and curry powder. Fermented with a Thames yeast. Enjoy your journey to Indonesia."
Pours into a tulip a clear amber color with a ring and the thinnest layer of tan foam. Leaves some nice rings of lace around the glass. (Much more of a head from my second and third pours).
The smell is much like a belgian quad. Very complex and sweet smelling. Picking up banana, bubblegum, pineapple cake and buttercream frosting. Very fruity, deep and mouthwatering.
The taste has much of the same complexity and sweetness that the nose suggested. Getting lots of tropical fruit with banana and pineapple standing out. The curry powder is there and really compliments the fruit. Some bubblegum in there too. Maybe even a little coconut milk. It's like an Indian dessert with all of the sweetness and curry powder spice complexities. Some spicy and earthy hops with minimal bitterness.
Nothing pops out about the mouthfeel. It's just fine and the carbonation does the trick to keep the flavors fresh. Very dry powdery finish. Curry powder perhaps?
I am completely digging this beer. IPA? Uh, probably not. Maybe. Who the hell cares? Any way you put it, this is a damn good beer, and good luck finding anything else even comparable outside of the BrewFarm. I would love to see this make it's way into cans or bottles at some point. Such and enjoyable and unique beer. Yet another unique creation by Dave. Tip of the hat to you sir!
Serving type: growler
11-08-2011 02:19:47 | More by jera1350
Eye Pea Eh? from Dave's BrewFarm
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