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Farmhouse IPA - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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:
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 20:38:26 | More by Sammy
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber, just a shade darker than honey; a couple of fingers of foam sit sturdily atop the liquid, leaving some decent lacing behind

Smell: Tangerine and pith, with herbal spices and Bretty elements

Taste: The herbal/spicy character jumps out at the get-go, with the pithy tangerine and Brett building by mid-palate; a complex blend of spicy elements reverberates, after the swallow, with the citrus returning for a hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another fine beer from Westbrook; it will be interesting to see how the Brett develops over time

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 01:19:15 | More by brentk56
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

02-25-2012 08:54:10 | More by ygtbsm94
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-18-2012 19:46:41 | More by nickfl
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 02:52:38 | More by avalon07
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 22:26:52 | More by thagr81us
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whartontallboy

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-05-2012 00:55:37 | More by whartontallboy
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 16:39:55 | More by sweemzander
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FosterJM

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1243rd Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
22oz

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 02:48:49 | More by FosterJM
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-13-2012 02:15:47 | More by bpfrush
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-01-2013 23:30:25 | More by thegerm87
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jsanford

Georgia

4.23/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 01:39:13 | More by jsanford
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-16-2012 21:54:29 | More by ADTaber
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 22:21:19 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-03-2013 00:33:49 | More by Chugs13
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-13-2013 22:03:38 | More by DaPan
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-29-2012 17:50:43 | More by sholland119
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macrosmatic

Florida

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
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-04-2012 01:32:15 | More by RoryOMoore
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-31-2013 21:23:39 | More by mikeincharleston
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LambicKing

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-05-2012 02:46:02 | More by LambicKing
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-03-2012 20:46:05 | More by jrohrbacher
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pixieskid

Germany

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-30-2012 15:46:37 | More by pixieskid
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey gold pour with light cream pillowy head, about 2 fingers worth. Light lace and trace retention.

Nose is light citrus and honey, but all dominated by a farm funk. Belgian yeast sneaks in with bananas and cloves, making for a swirling vortex of aroma. It works, though.

Flavor comes across with both honey and citrus. Again, the Belgian yeast contributes with bananas and cloves matching the nose. A bit disorganized, but again it all comes together well enough.

Feel is a bit cloying, with a sweet touch that is just a little too much. Would like a bit drier bite in the end.

Decent drinker and well done again from Westbrook.

Serving type: growler

02-21-2012 02:16:59 | More by beer2day
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SLeffler27

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Builds a huge, pastel yellow, rocky foam that lives long, leaving thick patches of lace over a honey-amber beer. The head turns to a thick pillow, never actually dissipating within the Dogfish Head Fisheye Pint glass.

An intriguing funkiness of brett with fresh tangerine zest and lemon, the herbal notes are equally prominent.

Bitter and sour flavors duel for prominence, with bitterness ultimately winning out. This one opens with orange rind and quickly turns to a strong grapefruit. The long, bitter finish starts to numb the tongue later in the session.

A medium body with the texture of jersey cotton and soft carbonation. The alcohol is as expected and the beer is otherwise dry, particularly in the finish.

An enjoyable early evening beer to be consumed slowly. As with most Saisons, this one warms well, however, the bitterness is a bit high.

Not really to any style as far as I can tell, but this is not a detriment, it rather lends to the interest. The high bitterness, while enjoyable, does ultimately overwhelm the subtle flavors. Another good trade.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 21:21:45 | More by SLeffler27
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Farmhouse IPA from Westbrook Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.