Companion Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 189 | Reviews: 75 | Display Reviews Only:
3.35/5 rDev -13.4%
Pours a fairly clear golden copper with minimal ivory head.
Honey, floral hops, and a touch of wheat form the subtle aroma. Citrus is muted.
There's a candy-like sweetness throughout, initially reminiscent of children's chewable vitamins. Orange is fairly muted. Grain and floral hops make up the backbone. Banana lingers in the aftertaste.
Body is moderate to full, with carbonation on the low side, and a fair amount of alcohol warmth.
The sweetness is overdone, and the citrus just does not jive well with the banana character. I think the wheat missed the party.
02-24-2014 00:37:49 | More by barczar
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
Beautiful hue of bright golden this poured with a flashy bright white head that was thin but steady.
The fragrance was soft with obviously wheat and wine. The malt was sweet with a fruity note of Apple and pear but maybe even some honey.
The taste is also very soft, almost weak but smooth with honey, wheat, pear and caramel.
This is peppy and effervescent on the tongue and very light. This does not get prickly as its swallowed despite the perceived carbonation.
I like this but felt that it was a bit tepid in its approach. The ABV would suggest that plenty of wheat was used but it simply never grabbed hold.
02-16-2014 00:07:19 | More by KYGunner
3.4/5 rDev -12.1%
Served on tap in a snifter
Appearance – The beer is served a golden color with a one finger of pure white foamy head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is on the slighter side with the biggest aroma being that of a wheat bread smell. Along with this aroma is a little bit of lighter fruits with some apple, pear, and grape.
Taste – The taste begins with a wheaty and somewhat cracker like taste with a bit of a white wine grapey taste. The wine grape taste is on the slightly sweeter side upfront and is combined with a bit of apple and pear to give a somewhat lighter fruit fruitiness to the taste. The apple gets stronger as the flavor advances bringing with it more of the sweetness. At the same time however a bit of a more boozy white wine taste begins developing on the tongue. The wheat, which was slightly smoother upfront, also begins to gain more graininess around the same time. With the booze getting stronger, the fruit getting bigger and the wheat grainier, one is left with a warming, wheaty, wine taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thicker body is actually very nice for the wheaty flavors of the brew, but not quite as nice for the fruit and wine flavors. The average carbonation is a good level road for the mix of flavors, producing a feel that is overall pretty good.
Overall – A rather interesting brew. It has a somewhat odd combo of a wheat beer combined with a white fruity wine. A good one to try, but nothing I would likely go to again and again.
01-16-2014 23:42:20 | More by Darkmagus82
Companion Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.