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Farmhouse IPA - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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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fehrminator

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

07-30-2012 00:28:14 | More by fehrminator
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Treebs

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -1%

22 oz. bottle served in a Firestone Walker tulip. Bottled February 3, 2012.

A: Pours a solid golden color with some slight haze. A thick and airy white head forms on the pour. It recedes slowly to a frothy and bubbly ring. Sticky lace is left down the glass.

S: Yeasty body with a ton of fruity esters and some funk. Green hops, orange pith with some mild peach flavors. It's wrapped around some funk and light cracker malts.

T: The yeast is a little more subdued on the palate and the IPA side sort of takes over. Even for being 5 months old there still is some nice grassy hop flavors with pale and biscuit malts. There is some mild funk to it as well.

M: Medium to light bodied with nice carbonation. The finish is slightly grassy in nature.

O: Nice balance of yeast and base IPA. The hops still held up after this time and it played nicely with the bretty funk.

07-08-2012 01:29:43 | More by Treebs
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whartontallboy

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

07-01-2012 19:25:45 | More by analienacorn
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SLeffler27

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

06-24-2012 21:21:45 | More by SLeffler27
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

06-05-2012 04:28:25 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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pixieskid

Germany

4/5  rDev +2%

05-30-2012 15:46:37 | More by pixieskid
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

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

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-17-2012 03:55:20 | More by CarolinaKev
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

Thanks Dan!

Appearance: Amber pour, a bit cloudy, decent head and lacing
Smell: weird ipa/saison combo, slightly sweet
Taste: Slightly earthy, with some tangerine and citrus. Seems like a common saison strain I can't quite pinpoint
Overall: Interesting beer, would drink it locally but not seek it out

05-15-2012 19:36:08 | More by craytonic
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

05-09-2012 02:11:49 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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CSQ1111

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2%

05-08-2012 19:27:52 | More by CSQ1111
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

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

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

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

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

04-19-2012 02:17:09 | More by csbinva
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

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

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

03-28-2012 23:37:21 | More by ucsbmullet
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

03-18-2012 21:34:30 | More by UnderPressure
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

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

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-12-2012 17:10:46 | More by Caml
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jsanford

Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%

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!

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


4.65/5  rDev +18.6%

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!

03-10-2012 03:40:34 | More by ADemshar
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

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

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