Farmhouse IPA - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kkipple:
4/5 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!
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2012 22:39:37 | More by kkipple
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3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB pint glass.
A: Hazy, light apricot color with a medium amount of visible carbonation and a one and a half finger white foamy head.
S: Caramel malts, Belgian fruity yeasts, and hoppiness (pine, citrus pith).
T: Belgian yeast (fruity esters and a bit of banana) and some barnyard, then comes the caramel malt, then some pine hoppy bitterness that lingers just a bit.
M: Medium body, a good amount of carbonation sensation, and a bitter sticky mouthfeel. Minimal alcohol presence, and I get a tingly bitter sensation in the front of my mouth.
O: Well, this was interesting, and was pretty good. It defied categorization. Unlike many intermediate styles of beers that I've had, this pulled off what it set out to, a hoppy farmhouse ale. And it did so very well, each flavor distinct from the others. The thing is, I'm just not sure that the hoppy bitterness mixing with the Belgian fruity sweetness works well for me.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2012 16:40:22 | More by macrosmatic
Farmhouse IPA from Westbrook Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.