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Farmhouse IPA - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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88
very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: kkipple on 02-10-2012)
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4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer is a dark golden color, very nice looking. It poured with about 3 fingers head which lasted about a minute.

Smell: The main scent I pulled from the beer was Mango. This is unique but once again very nice. There is also a pine smell in the background.

Taste: I taste a distinct grapefruit along with a subtle nutty taste. The hops is very present and lets you know it is there. In the end you get a farewell bite as you swallow. This is definitely in my top 5 IPAs.

Mouthfeel: The feel is relatively smooth. It feels like something you could guzzle all night long.

Overall: This far exceeded expectations. This is my first Westbrook beer and now I will be seeking them out as much as possible!

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.

L - Deep gold color with a huge 4-finger white, bubbly, creamy head. Nice retention, great lacing. Nice amount of carbonation. It’s interesting how it’s a few shades lighter than the original Westbrook IPA.

S - Very complex aroma. Caramel and honey, malt sweetness with orange, lemon, and floral hop aromas. Also a subtle but noticeable mustiness from the Brettanomyces and a hint of cloves and vinegar from other yeasts.

T - A hint of caramel sweetness but mostly spice and tartness to open up the taste. The hops appear toward the end with a nice bitter finish with grapefruit and floral notes.

F - Medium-bodied, nice tingling carbonation, chewy and mouth-coating feel, and a less bitter but drier finish than the original. Mustiness from the Brett lingers for a few seconds until the bitter finish takes over and lingers for longer.

O - I loved this beer. It has the aromas and flavors of the original Westbrook IPA, but they are slightly subdued to allow room for musty, tart, and spicy notes to appear. It’s definitely not the best IPA or the best saison, but Westbrook has blended the styles nicely. Very unique but also very drinkable. I’m glad I picked this one up.

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4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very tart, sweet, funky aroma of citrus, malt, and hops.

T: Tasted of mild hops, citrus, malt, and a good amount of yeast. Not quite as funked up as most saisons, but this isn't necessarily a debit. Lots of light, citrusy fruit. Hoppier than I expected. Slightly different than the usual saison flavor, but well done.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A somewhat off kilter take on the farmhouse ale. Drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kkipple
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Farmhouse IPA from Westbrook Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.