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Patriarch - Idle Hands Craft Ales

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Patriarch
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86
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Idle Hands Craft Ales visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2011

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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 5
Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just noticed I haven't reviewed anything from Idle Hands. I certainly have had some of their flagships but I guess I never took notes. Table Beer is something I have grown to be quite the fan of recently and very happy to see several MA takes on it available.

A- Slightly hazy golden ale poured from a 500ml bottle into my teku glass with a large, thick creamy white head. Good head retention as a heavy blanket and ring stick around depositing massive blankets of lace around most of the glass.

S- Overriding theme of spicy, herbal notes with citrus, floral and a bit of Belgian yeasty funk (not like Brett but some earthy breadiness). Lemons, peppery spice, orange and slight phenols.

T- Dry and spicy grassyness (hay) with an herbal and floral theme provided throughout. Lemon zest and light tartness, orange peel, coriander, pepper, cooking herbs, rustic bread and pale fruit like grapes in the backdrop.

MF- Very creamy considering the light end and dry body but this semi-chewy consistency provides a silky smoothness against the very high carbonation. Finishes lightly bitter with herbal hints lingering on the palate.

Bright, smooth and refreshing; pretty much what I look for in this style. The creamy, smooth body provides a great platform for the citrus and spicy yeast profile to shine.

Photo of Flounder57
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on draft in my mug at Estelle's in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Spicy, peppery, herbal, floral, yeasty, toasted, biscuity, and pale malts.

Taste: Nicehop flavor backed by a nice malt backbone and light tingly bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, chewy, crisp, refreshing, slight bitterness, a little dry, medium to high carbonation, and some spiciness.

Overall: BPA or Patersbier? Who cares. It was delicious, sessionable, tasty, and spot on with the style.

Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Nice Belgian Pale Ale style beer. At room temperature it is easy to pick out the characteristics of Idle Hands House Yeast, there are citrus notes like in a really dry white wine and then it finishes crisp.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I ran through some of Idle Hands' offerings at their brewery and thought this was the best. We bought a growler.

For what it's worth this is Idle Hands' house beer that is brewed only upon receiving a fresh batch of yeast. After going through a batch of Patriarch that yeast is then used in all (most?) of Idle Hands' beer as their house strain. Hence the name. All batches are pilsener, yeast, water and a different hop each time. This batch was Perle.

Translucent orangey golden hay color with a thin head from my poor pour. Head lays down into a a crescent moon collar with a foamy smudge in the middle of my glass. Rouses well. Served in a Sambvca tulip 'cause that's what I had.

Dry hay, dry board, all the lovely yeasty phenols that make for a phenomenal barnyard beer.

Wonderfully dry and phenolic. Bread crust and a little sugared lemon/orange rind sweetness. Earthy, herbal hop for balance.

Everything I'd ever want in a BPA - dry, simple yet with lots of depth, balanced. Helluva yeast strain.

Photo of jaasen64
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler purchased today from the brewery- awesome place, definitely stop by if you're in the area. Poured into a CCB snifter.

A- Pours a translucent orange gold, tiny carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, below average carbonation, about a quarter finger of white head.

S- Sweet citrus- lemons and a little bit of oranges, yeasty, a mixture between floral and bready notes.

T- Sweet citrus, a little bit of lemon, orange, a little bit of a white grape taste reminiscent of a white wine, some apples and other fruits, a little bit malty, some hops and yeast, a little bit sweet/bitter on the finish.

M- Medium bodied to a little bit on the light side, goes down very smoothly, not much carbonation.

O- This was an awesome BPA from a local nanobrewery, probably one of my favorite BPAs I've tried. Decided to purchase a growler of this because it was one of my favorites of the 5-6 beers we tried during the tasting. Its the perfect beer for a hot day, like it is today. Nice refreshing citrusy/white wine tasting beer that is well-balanced and very easy to drink. My only complaint was that it could have used a little bit more carbonation, other then that though it was great. I wish it was a regular offering that was available to purchase at stores. If you're in the area, I definitely recommend going to the brewery and trying this beer out.

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Patriarch from Idle Hands Craft Ales
86 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.