Farmhouse IPA - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
02-21-2012 02:16:59 | More by beer2day
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
22oz bomber from Westbrook. Poured into a Widmer Bros. tulip...
A: Hazy gold with a touch of orange; off-white, one-finger head of foam dies down and doesn’t leave much retention or lace; looks nice and bright, though.
S: Quite a bit of citrusy / grassy hop aroma - along with the fruity / bready Belgian yeast and some funk; has a bit of a refreshing aroma to it.
T: Some light sweetness starts things off, followed by the super citrus rind / canned fruit syrup bite; definitely ends with some musty / earthy notes along with a pretty emphatic bitter finish.
M: Medium-full bodied; high carbonation; zingy and yet still a touch oily; finishes pretty dry, though.
O: I guess you could look at this a super-hopped, heavier saison or an American IPA with some Belgian yeast and Brettanomyces thrown in... either way its a pretty interesting and tasty beer. If it wasn’t for the big bite on the end and the heavier mouthfeel, this would be quite the refreshing brew, to boot.
02-18-2012 21:08:56 | More by jpro
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
02-15-2012 02:52:38 | More by avalon07
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
02-11-2012 22:26:52 | More by thagr81us
4/5 rDev +2%
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!
02-10-2012 22:39:37 | More by kkipple
Farmhouse IPA from Westbrook Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.