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Companion Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Companion AleCompanion Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 09-24-2011)
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours surprisingly clear. Full light penetration. The light intensifies the absolutely magnificent color of the beer. This one blatantly glows. Fluffed head retains quite well. Head is a sudsy consistency. Looks amazing.

S-Light nose. I can tell there is a lot going on in the glass, but I was expecting much more intensity. Sweet and complex, but the aroma is soft and subtle. Alcohol is pretty much a non factor in the nose.

T-The flavor outshines the nose. The flavor is rich and deep. The all-malt bill is one of a kind. Almost tastes like a honey aged in some sort of barrel. Bath soaps. Complex caramel waves. Light citrus. Everything tastes dipped in honey and elderberry liqueur.

M-Very rich. Mellow carbonation. Sticky and but still light. Easy going down, but I can feel the warmth growing in my gut. ABV is more noticeable here that in the nose.

O/D-Very unique. Well worth a try. Never had anything quite like it. Welcome to the Wheatwine style. Kind of an eye opener.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a clear light gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades into a gentle cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of apricots, light citrus, honey suckle, freshly baked bread, caramel, and black pepper.
Taste mimics the aromas with a very drinkable blend of light sugar and a honey and floral flavor that is lightly fruity in the finish.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, delicate, and easy drinking despite the listed abv of 10%.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler from HopCity @ $12. On to the tasting...

A - Nice golden straw yellow with an average head and no retention.

S - light malts but more boozy than anything else. Purely average.

T - A lot of malty wheat and some strong alcohol warmness towards the end. That being said, the booze is well hidden given its 10% ABV, but there is certainly some high drinkability with this one.

M - Nice strong medium body with a tingly progression throughout. Good carbonation.

O - Overall this is a fine wheatwine. Definitely a unique brew with some good things going for it. If you are looking for high drinkability, solid malty wheat taste and high ABV this one is for you.

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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer on tap at Meridian pint, served in a taster glass. Beer is amber and clear with a thin tan head, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with this sort of biting sharpness to it, yeast character.

Beer is medium to light in body, dry finish, strong wheat and yeast flavors in the front, sweet, not cloying, this beer is fine but probably not a repeat for me.

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3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Meridian Pint. Served in a snifter.

A - Straw hay color with medium head.

S - Eh, it's there. It smells like beer. Nothing really stands out at all.

T - No wheat, just very blah. It is light and easy drinking for a 10% beer, though.

M - The beer does drink well. Good carbonation and very little alcohol on the back end.

O - Well, I tried it. but I'd never seek this beer out again. A total meh.

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3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap, I've been looking for this for a bit, glad to track it down.

The Companion poured in the glass a bronze light gold shade with a nice amount of active carb forming a cap of white stuff up top, spotty lace.

Smell is boozy with a bit of grape skin and some wheat with berry and weirdness. Not sure the ingredients used, but knowing Brooklyn and this series, it's gotta be different than the norm.

Taste is not your average wheatwine. The wheat is up front with an odd flavor. Their is a fruity thing going on reminding me of grape. Booze is there yet this aint hot. Small honey in the finish.

Feel is solid, it's above medium with semi prickly carb going for it. Not digging the aftertaste, it's long and drawn out and that's where most of the booze comes out.

Drinkability is not off the charts, I would have a hard time taking down 10oz's of this stuff. 5oz was plenty. This change in scope of having cocktail inspired beers is intriging and are designed to pair well with food which they probably do, but not a lot of ounces.

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Companion Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.