Mr. Chipper - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.26/5 rDev +4.2%
We crack the ever glorious 750mL, pouring a brew of deep brawny burgundy into our glasses. It puts forth a respectable two finger tall head of tightly packed sandpaper colored snow-foam, and this retains like a champion, eventually drawing sagging sheets of lacing circumferentially. Haze is impenetrable, but no real sediment is noted. Carbonation is imperceptible. The aroma, at first whiff, is one of the sourest smelling beers to grace our nostrils to date. This does eventually fade, or you acclimate to it, but it was nicely surprising nonetheless. Regardless, you can pick up macerated strawberries and cantaloupe from across the room. These sit atop a bed of maple bacon meatiness, lemon sourness, sassafras rootiness, gritty red and amber grain, oaky red wine twinge, wet moss, intense tartness of wild yeast/lactobacillus, chemical phenols, vinyl plastics, label glue adhesive, and slivered nickel and aluminum. With warmth comes milky lactic sourness, rose hips, buttery spiced curry gravy, and gelatin dustiness. Our first impression on the sip is that it is not nearly as sour or tart as the nose would initially suggest, but rather it is more of the malt bill and plant-like fruitiness that take a foothold in this gaping opportunity. The taste begins with citric lemony sourness and puckering tannic oaked woodiness, with support from aluminum, cedar mulch, twine, rubber cement, big funky tartness of cranberry and strawberry, and lacto-fermented sourness. The middle comes to a peak with hints of toasty coconut shavings, mossy slick oiliness, soured grapey red wine, oxidized rustiness, mineral water, warm amber graininess, and continued citric sourness and puck, of lemons seed and rind. The end shows continued coconut flesh and husk, vinyl plastics, bittering metallic punch, candied grape soda sweetness, basement mustiness of dried oak, cement dust, dried straw with mild barnyard funk, toasty pale and caramel maltiness, and distant melty toffee sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of heavy red wine oaky tartness, curious floral hop rumbles, cinnamon and potpourri, baked tamale ties, soured lemon pulp, sawdust, kumquat and red apple fruitiness, sugary sweet amber grain, vanilla bean coolness, aloe, and lettuce leafy wateriness. The body is softly medium, and the carbonation is on the lighter end. Each sip shows decent slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, but is a bit watery on the uptake. The mouth is left prickled, puckered, and soured with wet chalky dryness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back rather easily.
Overall, the best thing about Mr. Chipper is his aroma. From that first smell you are almost taken aback a bit in all of its souring glory. It does, again, fade, especially with warmth, and this allows for more of an even-keeled malt bill to come through. This tartness is also lost a bit through the taste. Perhaps the beer spent too much time aging in barrels, so much so that the oak and grain base replace a lot of that aromatic tartness, as it doesn’t remain through the duration of the sip. The grain takes over, and, if you’re a purist, detracts from the inherent sourness of the yeast. The wine is also a touch lost, but does shine through especially well in the end with its juiciness, but is generally present throughout, tagging alongside the oak. Otherwise the brew drinks beautifully and disappears quickly if you let it. This is a solid introduction for us into the state of South Carolina.
03-23-2014 01:47:21 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
4.34/5 rDev +6.1%
750ml capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.
Pours a rich 1 finger light cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear dark mahogany. Lacing is stringy and patchy with great stick. Very nice.
Nose is tart strawberry and raspberry puree with a bit of woodiness in the back. Dense but surprisingly mellow.
Opens tart cherry and other red fruit. Slight touch of vinegar mixed with oak in the middle. Vinous. Great balance between sweet and sour. Tartness builds towards the end but integrates well with a big fruit and barrel presence at the finish. Accented aftertaste. Not too vinegary or acidic. Real smooth.
Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly prickly but smooth in the mouth and goes down filmy and easy. Finishes messy with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Very drinkable.
This beer delivers all the flavor of the style without the harsh acidity. Really nice and one of my favorites in the category.
06-28-2014 02:45:55 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.85/5 rDev -5.9%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Reddish deep amber. Nice off white head. Medium collar and some surface wisps.
Smell - Red wine is strong. Acetic and musty. Some caramel way in the back, but it doesn't smell sweet at all.
Taste - It isn't all that sour, but I like it. More caramel and a bucket of red wine. Oak. Fruity sourness.
Mouthfeel - Low sourness. Medium body. Not sweet, but it isn't completely dried out.
Overall - The red wine elevates this a lot. People in my tasting group didn't think it was sour enough, but I thought it was good.
02-04-2014 01:40:26 | More by Alieniloquium
4.01/5 rDev -2%
Served from bottle into Westbrook snifter (proper!). Poured a deep ruby reddish brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, wood, cherry, vinegar, funk, and acetic acid. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, wood, vinegar, sour, tart, fruit, cherry, and oakiness. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The notes on the nose were quite complex for the style without being overly invasive as some others from this style can tend to be. The flavor was actually quite good with all of the enjoyable notes from the nose only turned up a bit. You definitely know what style this one falls in to upon the first sip. If you don't like sours, avoid this one like your life depends on it. But if you enjoy them, specifically Flanders Reds, get off your ass and find a way to track this one down!
02-12-2014 22:31:24 | More by thagr81us
3.85/5 rDev -5.9%
Reddish brown and clear with a decent off-white head, which fades to a fizzy ring. Great lacing.
Very tart aroma. Dark fruit. Cherries, raisins. Fantastic aroma. I'm excited to taste this one.
Sour, tart flavor. But, not as much as the aroma lets on. I was expecting a really strong tart flavor that fills up your mouth. But, it was actually a little empty compared to my expectations based on the aroma. I hate to say it, but it's actually a little bit watery in the taste.
Thin bodied mouthfeel with an overall slightly dry finish. It's actually on the sweet side compared to most sours. It doesn't have that dry, dry everlasting finish that most of the really great sours have. Nice carbonation.
I love flanders reds. This one is no exception. I think the flavor was a little dull, and you don't get that really really dry sour finish. But, it was really good anyway and I'm glad I tried it.
02-22-2014 00:30:43 | More by UnderPressure
Mr. Chipper from Westbrook Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.