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Farmhouse IPA - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Farmhouse IPAFarmhouse IPA

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very good

18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 68
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States | website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kkipple on 02-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For this somewhat funky farmhouse rendition of our flagship IPA, we took the base recipe and fermented it with a blend of French saison yeast and two strains of brettanomyces, followed by a healthy dry hopping with Galaxy hops. Drink now for maximum fresh hoppy flavor or cellar to develop the brett character. Santé!

45 IBU
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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 68
Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New bottles landed from Westbrook! I just can't say no.

This is fresh stuff - the bomber has a bottled on date of Feb 03 2012 - that was just 7 days ago! Splendid. Four cheers for legible bottled on dates and NOT using date codes. Anyway, let's crack it.

A. Bottle conditioned, or at least a lot of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Opaque dusty watery orange, an initially fluffy inch tall head subsides to float lightly atop the beer. You can kick it back up with a swirl though, and release the....

Smell. Farmhouse IPA has a great one, Galaxy hops a plenty - you know the hop, or will soon. It's got that nice Simcoe-y all tropical / bitter tangerine - no pine here! There is malt too (this is 7.3% after all) but it's fairly dried out. Just a hint of sourness here, the Brett hasn't had time to work after all - still, there is something Allagash Little Big Beer in the aroma here, which is a GOOD thing. Complex, hoppy, detailed and interesting.

T. The flavor here is solid, but doesn't measure up to the delectable nose. Part of the issue may be that the carbonation out of the bottle is low; more cask-like than not. As a result the flavor doesn't pop like the aroma. But what it remains is hop flavor-forward (not bitter), dried out tropical fruit ale, smooth and with the faintest hint of sour / lemon. Not a great deal of "Saison" flavor here though. I feel like the vision for this beer is quite solid, but more pep in the flavor and fermentation complexity wouldn't hurt at all - the yeast is almost TOO clean.

M / O. Low carbonation, despite the head. Fine n faint. Cool, tame finish, hoppy flavor and a noticeable absence of bitterness, this fades out fruity and semi-dry. Should be better with food. No trouble putting away the bomber anyway.

Overall, an enjoyable recipe that with some tweaking might be even better. I hate to armchair review sometimes, but there is so much potential in this brewery... Westbrook has put out a great number of beers in their first year, almost all grand, and I look forward to seeing where they go with this - I have high hopes. Farmhouse IPA and Terrapin's Monk's Revenge seem to be the hopped up Saisons to beat in the Southeast. But don't take my word for it - grab one and decide for yourself!

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent bottle courtesy of Doug. Vey fresh bottle, the hops waft as we open. Good appearance: a generous head, lots of lace. A little funkiness in the taste and the aroma. Good drinkability, with noticeably dry finish. A sipper. I like the Brett, citrus hops. Nothing unexpected, just a good idea that worked.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Bell's stemmed tulip. Poured a deep yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, banana, spices, earth, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, spices, earth, earth hop, and earthy funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I really like the combination of Brett and farmhouse going on here. The Brett mixed really well with the spices going on here. But like my good friend kkipple stated, this one could use a little tweaking to dial it in perfectly. Another solid brew from Westbrook which I am glad to see bottled.

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Photo of UnderPressure
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orange. One inch head. Great lacing.

Spicy hops, some Belgiany funk in the aroma.

Nice flavor. Very hoppy and yeasty. Two very distinct flavor components.

Medium bodied with a dry finish.

I got two bottles of this. One to drink now, and one to age for a while. It's good right now, but I'm curious to see how the brett character develops.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazy orange-gold with a creamy white head that settles to a sudsy hazy, leaving behind rings of sticky lacing.
S - Big tropical hop aromas of peach, mango, and tangerine with a fruity Belgian yeast profile and a healthy dose of earthy Brettanomyces. Wonderful nose, so fresh and crisp!
T - Lots of bitter, pithy hop flavors of grapefruit and peach, followed by more of the slightly funky, definitely earthy Brett. The Saison yeast strain is in there, too, and imparts a touch of banana and spicy clove. Citrus-heavy hops come roaring back in the finish, which is moderately dry and long-lasting. Tasty, but lacking some of that delectable tropical Galaxy hop profile from the nose.
M - Medium-bodied, with a slightly sticky, resinous mouthfeel from the hop oils, and good, sharp carbonation.
O - Another phenomenal beer from Westbrook, I'd love to take their advice and law a bottle of this down to see how the Brett develops, but I don't think I could bring myself to wait that long!

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at sesame burger charleston, sc.
Poured into standard pint. Pours a slight haze golden, little head. Smell is very nice. Very belgian yeasts complimented by fruity hops and some bready malts. Its deff a hoppy farmhouse.
Taste is of bready malts, fruity hops, and slightly floral. Really easy on the palate.
Overall, a fantastic saison/farmhouse. Full of barnyard flavor; belgian yeasty and malty, but the fruity hops really come alive and balance the whole thing.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Many thanks to my friend Bob for sending this my way!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color. Produced a large and fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

(S)- A nice dry profile. Bits of lemongrass, clay, mild earth, and a pleasant orange peel citrus at the end.

(T)- A bit heavier in the yeast department, but has the same dry/grassy lemon and earthy clay profile. Plenty of pine at the end reminding you of the IPA namesake.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. Has a good balance too, though is quite heavy in the yeast and bitter pine areas, but otherwise quite nice.

(D)- Overall, the saison/IPA combo is a success in this one. Has the earthy dryness of the saison and the bitter pine and citrus of an IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1243rd Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip

Thanks to Blackbelt5112203 for this one

App- Deep deep orange with a solid center. Has a mix of yellows and golds mixed in. A small 1/2 finger head with decent cling and lace.

Smell- A big dose of earthy, grassy notes on this one. On another smell comes the yeast and a bit of citrus.

Taste- A nice mix of styles. The yeast balances this out but not like Stones Cali. This was more thick and earthy vs a big citrus punch. A nice beer but nothing that was earthy shattering.

Mouth- A good light medium with a medium carbonation level. The yeast comes out nicely and creates a earthy, mini spicy pocket of flavor.

Drink- Tasty, but was hoping for something closer to Stone Cali-Belg. Nice layers but just didnt pop like I was hoping.

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Farmhouse IPA from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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