Mastodon Mother Puncher
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Belgian IPA
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3.96 | pDev: 7.58%
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Mastodon Mother PuncherMastodon Mother Puncher
Notes: A tribute to the metal band Mastodon, this farmhouse IPA ​balances notes of brettanomcyes with the sweet and tart notes of passionfruit creating a deliciously funky and fruity IPA.
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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit but left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of brett are present in the nose along with notes of passionfruit.
T: The beer has flavors of brett and passionfruit along with notes of Belgian yeast. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting mix of brett, passionfruit, and Belgian yeast.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Feb 03, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a pint glass from a 12 fl oz can at Epic Deli on June 29, 2018. A collaboration with metal band Mastodon. A farmhouse IPA brewed with passion fruit. A ton of funky flavors from the brettanomyces and mashed up with sweet and tart notes of passion fruit.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - made with oat flakes and passionfruit.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat fizzy bone-white head, which leaves some old-school Space Invaders lace around the glass as it slowly but surely dissipates.

It smells of musty tropical fruit (passionfruit, papaya, and kiwi), gritty and grainy pale malt, a testy and sort of funky yeastiness, and some plain leafy, weedy, and dank piney green hop bitters. The taste is kind of sugary exotic berry fruit, some muddled earthy yeast, further indistinct domestic citrus rind, grainy and biscuity pale malt, and more understated floral, weedy, and wet piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-disappointing frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, as the yeasty esters do us all a solid by minding their own business here. It finishes off-dry, the passionfruit and a few of its anonymous friends having some lingering legs.

Overall - this is an agreeable and tasty enough version of the style, exhibiting my favourite part of it (when it occurs), i.e. a lack of overt Belgian yeast astringency. The guest fruit seems to have played a large role in suppressing it, so, thanks, I guess. Worth checking out for the, well, who cares, it's just a good brew.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Nov 08, 2017
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4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Refreshing and light. Subtle passion fruit flavors come through; very well balanced - the fruit is does not overpower the character of the brew. Pleasantly hoppy, not overly bitter; the taste is akin to a saison or Belgian ale.

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MAUEX_MFA from Alaska, Nov 06, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter glass.

A: Medium gold and fairly hazy, capped by a couple fingers of white fluffy head that fades quickly. A good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, passion fruit and citrus hops. A modest but present musty aroma overlays the yeastiness (but not overly funky). A touch of orange zest, and then biscuit malts underneath.

T: Reminiscent of a hoppy saison, though with the passion fruit and grapefruit and orange rind flavors up front. Then the hops – more tropical fruit and grapefruit rind with the accompanying bite of bitterness. Bready malts and some farmhouse yeast and Brettanomyces mustiness. It finishes with more lingering fruity hops, and just a touch of saison black pepper on the exhale.

M: The body is a touch heavier than a typical saison or IPA (whichever you'd put this hybrid in), but not by much. Good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol presence is well-hidden.

O: The passion fruit flavor is there, though it’s not hugely “passion-fruity”. That’s about my only complaint. This was an unexpected hit with me. Very tasty and well put together. I think I prefer the hoppier Brett-ed offerings from Crooked Stave, but this is still really good in its own right. The Brett character really doesn't come to the forefront until the beer warms a bit during the drink, but it certainly dries out the finish. Enjoyable, and definitely worth a drink.

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3.19/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mostly clear burnt gold with a large, airy white froth leaving true, doily-like lace all around the glass.

I'm not sure the age of this keg, but I'm getting dank, vegetal pine with the passionfruit supporting with its brightness in the background in this otherwise underwhelming BIPA...

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Sabtos from Ohio, Oct 23, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Lightly hazy golden orange with a small soapy white head. Medium retention, and some streaky lacing.
S: Sweet yet restrained passionfruit, orange, papaya, biscuit malt, mild grassiness.
T: Juicy passionfruit, gently sweet upfront with some moderate tartness near the finish. Some orange and pink grapefruit throughout, along with hints of mango and papaya. A slightly toasty biscuit malt backbone. Finishes well-balanced with a bit of white pepper spiciness, and lingering passionfruit and orange peel notes--though fairly clean overall.
F: Seems a bit thin at first, but the carbonation level is about perfect. Finishes crisp, slightly dry, and fairly clean.
O: Not the best passionfruit beer I've ever had, but it's very tasty. I would drink this fairly often if I could get it regularly.

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4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 5.49. Bottled 2/2/17. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a pale, semi-opaque lemony amber with a two and a quarter finger cap of white froth. A few small patches of retention but neither crown nor lace to speak of.

Smells of sweet, pulpy passion fruit, fruity, funky Brett, orange, melon, salt and bread. I pleasant blend of fruit, funk and hops.

Flavors of semi-tart tropical fruit pulp, farmy Brett, seeded berries, earthen funk, grapefruit peel, bitter pineapple core and some vaguely bready malt. Incredibly easy to drink.

Soft, medium feel with pillowy carbonation. Brett and passion fruit dominate the finish.

I'll consider this my celebration of Mikkeller's return to Georgia. Mastodon Mother Puncher is a damned delicious fruited Brett IPA. As the weather heats up I daydream of having tallboys of this by the pool.

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3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured to an IPA Sovina glass.

A: The body is orange with a very cristalline touch to it. The head is white being only one finger thick. This head sadly shows little retention and leaves no lacing.
S: The only aroma coming from this beer is its hoppy profile and some minimal citrusy touch.
T: The taste is a bit complex as it brings some sweetness to the mouth with the citrusy profiles. Before going forward you can feel the earthy and piny hints that you'd expect from an IPA, then there's strangely some very strong acidic tones and only in the end you'll find the bitterness from the hops, ending with the passionfruit flavor. This last flavor is interesting but it doesn't connect with anything else. Plus, I find this beer to be very acidic for its style. Taste is majorly good but the acidic end caught me by surprise.
M: Body is medium low to medium. Carbonation is a bit harsh. Bitterness is mild and is surpassed by the acidity.
O: For a Belgian IPA, it's too acidic, probably due to the passionfruit.

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Photo of janubio
2.84/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy golden colour, with a medium compact head, good retention and a great lace. Aroma of citrics, resines, tropical fruits. Mediuom body, fizzy carbonation. Salty palate. Taste of lemon, notes of tropical fruits and spices. Maybe too much citric.

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janubio from Spain, Oct 24, 2016
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4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 27th November 2016 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a hazy dark golden orange colour with a two finger white head that had great retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Funky, sour tart fruit, orange, passion fruit, mango, pineapple and lemon.

Taste: Sour and tart, passion fruit, mango, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, funky brett notes, pepper spice and a bitter-ish finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: I like the sourness and the fruit. It is very easy to drink and I recommend this to anyone who enjoys brett in their beers.

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kitch from Hong Kong, Jun 20, 2016
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3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy/cloudy medium orange with a foamy white head that fades fairly fast.
The aroma is funky and fruity with citrus and acidic and vinegar notes.
The funk hits my taste buds first followed by some tart fruit, then a bit of sweet with some hay and horse blanket. A peppery and tart finish with a bit of bitter and vinegar.
Mouthfeel is medium, bubbly and crisp.
Very tasty and quite complex but not sure it coheres.

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SD-Alefan from South Dakota, Jun 13, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma has a lot of tart fruits. Taste starts also fruity and tart with a hoppy and bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation. Really nice overall, hoppy, fruity and tasty.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Jun 07, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a new one from these guys, a funky bretty hoppy pale to ipa brew with passion fruit in it. its refreshing and distinct and funked out and tangy and delicious, perfect for the early summer here. pale and hazy, more yellow than orange but a bit of both for sure, nice belgian looking tall white head on it. pretty brew. smells tart and sweet from the passion fruit right away, which is highly dosed and really authentic, nothing artificial about it. cool having that fruit tart with the weird yeasty funk of the brett, which has hay and floral elements to it, dries it right out, and really makes it distinct. funk levels are high here, white wine notes too, and the malt base is not overly flavorful but nicely structured, lots going on, dry and highly carbonated, the fruit is there all the way until the end, and its darn hoppy. i get some other fruits from the hops, grapefruit mostly, but maybe also white grape or peach, its a fruit bomb for sure though, led by the passion fruit. pleasingly refreshing overall, some bitterness, enormous fresh flavors in this. patio beer for me. wish it was available in twelve pack cans...

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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Mikkeller's Mastodon Mother Puncher for $5.59 at The Lager Mill. This will be my 1600th review and for these milestones I like open up something a little unique and unusual, this one called out to me, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's got a unique design to it and it's eye catching. It poured a hazy orange color which took on more of a golden orange color when held to light with half a fingers worth of slightly off white bubbly head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with some funky yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a funky barnyard, wet straw and brett like aromas. Up next comes the fruits which impart a citrus and tropical fruit aroma with no single fruit seeming to stick out the most and it goes into some hoppy aromas with some fruity hop aromas coming through. Towards the end comes the malts which impart a grainy, sweet malt and pale malt like aromas. This beer has a good aroma, it's good mixture of a fruity IPA with a funky sour.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with that funky yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma, but it's just a little lighter and it's followed by a nice fruity flavor that imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with no single fruit sticking out the most and they show up just a little more this time. Up next comes the hops which impart a nice citrus rind and earthy hop profile. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a slightly lighter amount of medium tartness which mix together and it had some funky, fruity and hoppy flavors in the aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, it's a great blend of an IPA and a Sour beer.

M- Smooth, crisp, a little refreshing, not too bitter, on the slightly lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is very nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a very nice example of the style it had all the aspects that I was hoping it would have and when it came down to it it was like a 50/50 mixture of a funky sour and a fruit IPA. This beer had good drinkability, i'll have no problem drinking this bottle. What I like the most about this beer is the balance and how well the flavors work together. What I like the least about this bee is nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change. I would buy this beer again if I see it again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good mixture of sour and a IPA. All in all i pretty happy with this beer and a little impressed, it had just enough sourness that it really balanced out the bitterness and it made for a nice finish. It's on of the better Mikkeller beers I've had so far it's one of my favorite Sour IPAs. Good job guys, this is one tasty and unique beer, keep it up.

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StoutHunter from Michigan, Jun 02, 2016
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4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a murky gold with a big white head that recedes to a half inch.

Aroma: Big fruity nose with earthy funk. Citrus, passionfruit, berries.

Taste: Flavorful Belgian-style IPA with lots of honey and fruit. Really tasty and refreshing. Berries and citrus are right there along with yeast and earth and spice.

Mouthfeel: Light of body for such a complex beer.

Overall: Perfectly executed concept. Combines flavorful, but not cloying, fruit with a top notch Belgian IPA.

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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle.
Best by 11/27/16 on the cap.
The beer was a bright gold color with a faint haze. There was very little head.
Lots going on in the aroma. Citrus, sweet fruit, floral, earthy.
Ditto taste. Tangerine/orange. Passion fruit. Melon. Earthy funk.
Nice mouthfeel, a bit on the tart side.
Excellent beer!

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lordofthewiens from New Mexico, Mar 19, 2016
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/27/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, melon, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, cracker, bread, light musty funk, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, passion fruit, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, melon, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, cracker, bread, light musty funk, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy hop bitterness, yeast spiciness, and light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, melon, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, cracker, bread, musty funk, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, passion fruit, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness and yeast spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, passion fruit, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. The balance of hop, Brett, and passion fruit character was pretty much perfect. A very enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Feb 16, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed live to one of the best albums of the 21st century, good ol' Leviathan.

A- 330ml bottle split up into a goblet and a snifter with a fairly hazy golden-orange body. A foamy pillow escalates atop the liquid to half a finger with fair retention. Fizzy ring leaves a few small webs of lacing.

S- Passionfruit is the prevailing them with the farmhouse yeast secondary and then the IPA aspect of the brew third. The passionfruit feels like it comes from both the fruit and hops, possibly Citra or Mosaic, which also give a general tropical and citrus aroma.

T- For me compared to the aroma a certain higher resolution is gained in the flavor with more specific notes coming to mind rather than a general balance of the three main components of the beer. Passionfruit is once again up front with a slight tartness and tropical feel being joined by a supporting cast of grapefruit, underripe melon, bitter tangerine, floral and herbal tones. The yeast delivers a touch of spices and pale fruit esters. Cereal grains, biscuit and slight sweet malts provide a canvas for the hops and fruit.

MF- Crisp and towards the light end of the spectrum as far as thickness of the body goes. A mostly foamy texture with a medium level of carbonation. A touch of tarts and fruity spicy bitterness in the finish.

It shows in my homebrew repertoire but I am a massive fan of hops and Belgian yeast. Throwing in passionfruit is a great move and it shows in this brew. A solid brew but sort of one note and a slightly larger hop bill would make this some next level beer.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, Dec 29, 2015
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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before: 11/27/16.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of passion fruit, passion fruit juice, earth, and slight funk aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly tart passion fruit, passion fruit juice, earth, and flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has nice sour, funk, and passion fruit characteristics, but there is nothing about this one that suggests an IPA like the label states.

Serving type: bottle.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Dec 20, 2015
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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is floral bouquet (kind of like plumerias), a hint of guava, passionfruit, and some sour funk on the back end.

Tastes like the floral aroma, grape candy, and tropical fruit juice. A slightly sour finish but not as tart as the smell might suggest. A really interesting beer overall with a unique mix of flavors.

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OmahaKF from Nebraska, Dec 05, 2015
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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a golden, slightly hazy reddish-orange, with a big foamy head- about 2 inches. Lacing coats nearly the entire glass.

Smells like peppery and funky Brett, with clove, orange, and passionfruit.

There's definitely a lot going on here, but really none of it screams "IPA." There's a really nice funky and damp Brett character to this, peppery and slightly chalky, with a big passionfruit thing going on, with some light dusty citrus as well. Pretty tasty.

This is medium bodied, with a thick and foamy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

A really interesting and unique beer here, but I'm not getting a whole lot of IPA-like qualities. Despite that, it's still a great funky and fruity farmhouse ale.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Nov 14, 2015
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- pours an orange color, modest creamy head, thin ring like lace.
Smell - fruity; passion fruit, mango and other juicy tropical fruits. Funky brett aroma. Feels like a cross between an IPA, saison and sour. Interesting and unique.
Taste-fruity; orange peel and peppery(feels like a witbier) Tart and funky. Bold buttering hops in the mouthfeel. Spicy hop finish. Very dry.
Feel- Very crisp, tingly carbonation, light to medium bodied.
Overall, one of the most interesting IPAs I've had. Seems like a crossover of various styles . I appreciate Mikkeler's bold and inventive spirit.

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Gajo74 from New York, Oct 29, 2015
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4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/16/15 notes. 12 oz. pour on tap at Fool's Gold in NYC.

Pours a hazy orange color with moderate carbonation evident and one inch of white head. Awesome great brett nose, fruity malts, citrus, oranges, light funk and citrus, and fruits. medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a good brett IPA with a great nose. Worth checking out.

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mdfb79 from New York, Oct 19, 2015
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4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Oath. From notes. Reviewed 11 October 2015.
Smells fantastic. Brutal Brett funk with sharp citrus hops, and light fruit.
Oh damn. Fruit and light tartness and farmyard finish. Spot on. Just what I wanted. A bit short lived maintaste. Light finish. Very refreshing.
Highly recommended.

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AgentMunky from New York, Oct 16, 2015
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