Mischief Gone Wild | The Bruery

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Mischief Gone WildMischief Gone Wild

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by t0rin0 on 03-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant yellow, massive tiny bubbled 1"+ pristine white head, such an amazing appearance especially for a bretted beer. Aroma depends on the age of the bottle, these took some time to really brett up, not barnyard-y at any point, just more earthy, humid, hay kind of situation, outdoors.

Taste had a minor earth tart again, very mild, alcohol hidden amazingly well underneath the lightly toasted pale and maybe vienna malts. Very dry finish, moreso than the base beer. No spice rack. Some yeasty phenols, but tame along with the hopping and brett notes.

Can't wait to drink my last one this summer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dusted off the old bottle from the corner of my cellar, popped it and filled my bruery luau glass from 2013.

A - brew pours a crisp, transparent yellow with a creamy cap of a zillion little bubbles holding hands. Lots of visible carbonation raced to the surface of the brew.

s - nose is not very bretty or belgian paley for that matter. Big burst of melon tartness. More sweet than sharp. Alcohol phenols.

t/m/o - a bit of a mess. Boozy melon crossed with tangy zesty fruit. It isn't awful but this isnt the kind of beer you want a 750 of to the dome and that is my situation so I can assure you I won't be finishing it. A bit syrupy, super rich in flavors but the booziness kind of kills it for me. Brett is not funky. Pretty meh offering and it seems like time didn't help this out much.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage
Poured into a Duvel snifter

Appearance: (3.75)
Pours a slightly muted and hazy yellowish orange with a massive, meringue like white head. The head has great retention and leaves plenty of web like lacing as it recedes.

Aroma: (2.75)
Quite the muted aroma, despite being bottled conditioned with Brettanomyces for 2 years; slightly tart pear, pineapple, lightly cheesy hops and wet card board. There is some ever-so-faint mustiness tucked beneath the hops and light malt, but it is really hard to tell if that is Brettanomyces or just more signs of extreme oxidation.

Taste: (3)
Lightly citrus-y hops land on your palate first before becoming easily over powered by cheesiness and wet cardboard. Some faint banana, pear and spicy clove esters from the Belgian yeast help distract from the overwhelming signs of oxidation. The beer finishes slightly tart and dry with the lightly bready malt backbone coating your tongue. lingering notes of pineapple, tangy citrus, cheese and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: (3.5)
Despite being 8.5%, the body is quite light with fine, prickly carbonation.

Overall: (3)
This is the Bruery's Golden Strong Ale, Mischief, but bottled with Brettanomyces. I was super excited to try this beer because I love a robust, fully mature Brettanomyces character. Unfortunately, I found hardly any of that character in this beer. The rustic, pineapple-y funky goodness that I normally associate with some aged Brett strains is hardly even present. Very disappointed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but I am not getting any sort of wild aromas and flavors.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a huge bone white head that persists forever and leaves much stickage on the way down. Smells of bready pilsner malt with a fair amount of tart and sweet pomme fruit. Sweet honey like malt aroma are countered quite lovingly with light tart and funk. The flavor is sweet and malty up front with a fair amount of tart and sweet fruit offset by a solid hit of spice and peeper along with a hint of funk. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet tart bubbly fruited mouthfeel. This one is interesting, but it wasn't my favorite offering from the Bruery.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a cloudy golden color with a rather large white head. Intensely floral on the nose and still decently hoppy. A lot of Brett and yeast with a moderate funkiness to it. Just a hint of fruit and a fair amount of bready malt. The flavor is quite bready with the same floral character, maybe a bit on the sweet side. Lightly fruity with a heavy dose of musty, funky, Brett flavor.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Even a soft pour produces a massive head, with clumps of foam sticking to the tulip; the liquid was golden and hazy

Smell: Delivers a shortbread malt character, a perfumed sweetness, some lemony hops and just a hint of cheesy funk

Taste: Lemony hops, stone fruit and funky phenols, up front, with the malt detected on the nose taking a back seat through mid-palate; white pepper and coriander drive into the profile, after the swallow, with a moderate funky character lingering into the rather dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a flabbier than expected level of carbonation; slight warmth in the gullet

Overall: Interesting, but the flavors dance together in an awkward fashion, marking this as one the Bruery's less successful one-offs

Thanks, Madirish76, for the opportunity

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-yellow color with a big finger of frothy white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some thick lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of some funk and brett, Belgian yeast, citrus hops, some floral smells, and a bit of spice.

T - Starts off with some funkiness, Brett, and Belgian yeast with some citrus hops and lemon peel. Through the middle, some spices come through with some floral hops and just a hint of bitterness. The finish is a mix of funky Brett, citrus hop, lemon peel, spice, and a bit of tartness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and lightly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The Brett adds a nice dimension to the base beer and does not take oer too much. The tartness is really nice.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Lots of carbonation, nice head formed. Lots of classic Belgian esters in the nose. Taste is earthy and malty with spicy hop accents. High carbonation. Not terrible wild, but you can definitely pick out a bit of brett in the earthy aspects.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled August 2011
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a glass filling four-finger thick, pale tanned, off-white colored head; the head slowly subsides with a textured, rocky surface and lots of dense lacing that clings to the sides of my glass. The beer is a pale amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich gold hue when held up to the light. The nose smells nice an hoppy with lots of tropical fruit and citrus note; lychee, super ripe / floral tangelo zest, orange blossom notes, sweet Meyer lemon. There is also a solid, cracker like malt character with a touch of dried hay like graininess to it in the finish; it rivals the up front hops if you stick with the nose for a bit. I actually don’t get much sense of the Brettanomyces here in the nose at first, but there is a touch of pineapple that might be from this and there is a touch of phenolic and earthiness towards the finish.

Quite carbonated and prickly as it rolls across the tongue, the beer is also quite dry, which subdues the hop character substantially. The finish has a fair amount of bitterness to it, but also has some sharp phenolic character to it. After my palate adjusts a bit more of the hop character starts to become noticeable; it is quite floral, a fair amount of lychee, some tart tangelo, Meyer lemon zest, and some slightly moldy citrus zest (this moldiness is more medicinal phenolics than anything). The Brettanomyces is more noticeable in the flavor, though it is still a supporting character to the hops at this point; some medicinal and plastic notes linger in the finish as well as just a general a phenolic character. The vibrant malt character from the nose isn’t nearly as present in the flavor, though there is a soft, somewhat hay like, pale malt suggestion as well as some cracker like maltiness in the finish that is more noticeable if you are looking for it. The grain / malt character gets more noticeable as the beer warms up

This is quite nice, it isn’t the most complex beer in the world, but the ample hoppiness and kiss of Brett character make this an enjoyable experience; I really like how much fruit character the hops contribute to this beer. This is a big improvement over the base beer, as the Brett adds an extra complexity that was really lacking.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- I let the beer warm out of the fridge for 15 minutes or so, and it was 99% foam after a gentle pour. The foam quickly transformed into beer though, with a half-finger cap that stuck around for awhile, leaving patches of lacing behind. Golden color with some orange hues. First pour is clear, and it gets cloudy after that.

N- Wheaty malt and sweet grain with cracker-like notes. Juicy tropical fruits, melon, soft citrus, and a touch of honey. Just a hint of funk and ephemeral wisps of peppery alcohol.

T- Clean, honey-kissed malt backbone with tons of juicy citrus, light tropical fruit, and a mild herbal hoppy bitterness. Full of tannins. Not harsh in any way, it just makes your tongue feel like a desert that soaks up rain without getting wet. There's a light tart quality, some woodiness, and moderate spice as well. The funkiness is very minimal, but it does add a subtle layer of complexity.

M- Oddly thick (from tannins?), on the full side of medium-bodied, chalky, with fizzy carbonation and a dry astringent (not harsh) finish. The beer tastes best if you give it a hard pour to drive out some of the carbonation.

O- Overall, a really interesting beer. Thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking. You can definitely tell it's from the Bruery, which is a compliment.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice pale straw golden color with some slight orange hints abound. Quite hazy. There is a nice billowing dense white head with some creaminess to it. The retention is quite nice. It last forever and the head is pretty sticky.

Juicy notes up front with some vinous notes and some nice pear and apple. Very citrusy and tropical as well. Orange and slight grapefruit notes as well as a very nice herbal and grassy hop notes. There is definitely some barnyard funk in there on the back end. Nice malty grain notes as well. There is some nice hops to this beer.

Taste is nice and hoppy with nice grassy and herbal notes. Slightly funky and Bretty. Some awesome juicy notes as well some orange and pear/apple. The hops give it a nice citrus note. Very yummy and easy to drink with a nice crisp dry finish. There is a slight piney resinous finish to the beer as well as some nice dry bitterness. As the beer warms the hoppy notes really begin to shine some more with nice citrusy notes shinning through.

Good offering from The Bruery which is one of my favorite breweries out there. Nice and hoppy with some nice funk in there and some nice crisp carbonation.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks to gcphilli

Pours a clear golden color with a humongous white head that threatens to overflow onto the counter. Clumpy lacing on the glass with ridiculous retention - it takes forever before you can actually drink the beer.

Funky and yeasty in the nose with hints of fruit. Floral hops and citrus peel with softer tones of spice. Slight hint of warmth.

Soft floral hoppiness up front with hints of orange peel. Tropical notes with pineapple and sweet fruit. Funky yeast with faint tart tones which lingers on the tongue. Mild malt backbone with some biscuit tones and honey sweetness. Finishes with some lingering funk, warmth, and bitterness.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, somewhat creamy and smooth on the tongue. Pretty drinkable and tasty beer, although I think I might prefer the regular version.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden blonde with massive frothy white head. slow to dissipate and with iceberg chunks for retention.

very tropical and citrus fruit dominating. funky yeast and wheat.

bitter and fruity with a slightly funky backing. loads of hops through out this. picked up flavors of orange and tangerine.

tingle on the tongue and mild in the mouth.

overall, this is delicious! so easy to drink.

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

The beer pours a deep, hazy golden color. Dense white foam climbs rapidly up the glass and overflows onto the counter. The head recedes a bit, but looks like the majority of it will stick around for a while. Aroma of Belgian yeast. Brett is largely absent from the nose. Tastes of pale malt, Belgian yeast and mild hops. Slight Brett presence lurks in the background, but adds little in the way of sourness. Feel is medium with a prickly level of carbonation. Like almost all of the Bruery beers ABV is well masked. This brew is easy drinking and pretty tasty. Although I don't think I like it more than the base beer by itself.

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Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours a bright clear golden yellow with a massive fluffy white head that recedes a bit but leaves a hefty clump of foam in the middle fed by bubbles from the bottom.

The aroma starts with some juicy citrus with oranges and tangerines. There is a hefty Belgian yeast character as well with some light spiciness. The Brett is present but subtle.

The taste has a bit more brett than the aroma, especially in the finish where there is a lingering funk. The Belgian yeast is prominent with some spices and fruity esters. The fruit is also present in the finish with a citrus bitterness.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonation, almost effervescent, and extremely active on the tongue.

This is an interesting iteration on Mischief but the brett really doesn't add much for me and I actually prefer the base beer to this one.

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Photo of beagle75
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark golden color with over two fingers of persistent off-white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Pithy grapefruit suggests dryness, with a trace of garlic. Tartness is also hinted at. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with early hop aromatics that capture the quality of grapefruit peel reasonably well. Acidity is not intense overall, but it is intensely citric, adding to the grapefruit appeal. There are other aromatic flavors early that are lively and savory, but hard to pin down exactly. The middle is brief with a flash of bready pale malt, while the finish sees the arrival of some late brettanomyces character. The wild yeast here is very well-behaved, lending mustiness as well as a touch of savory umami. Bitterness is mild and alcohol is never detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, soft and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Interesting, but not necessarily more interesting than regular Mischief. It has a collection of fairly lively citrus qualities, but surprisingly restrained brett that shouldn't be so surprising since a similar lack of aggressive yeast qualities have been encountered in other specially-prepared Bruery beers of the past.

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Photo of bashiba
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy orange with a giant bruery style white pillowy head that lingers for ever and sticks to the glass.

Has a light sour smell along with some nice light west coast hop notes and a bit of a coppery quality.

The flavor is quite different a very classic style belgian pale in flavors. Its lacking any brett sourness that I would expect, its more dominated by some nice spicy yeast notes and a big grapefruity hop flavor. Hops are very fresh tasting for a beer that is retired.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a long dry finish.

Very nice Belgian Pale, could have used more brett, or maybe more time.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of RS membership. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a mostly-clear apricot color with a huge fluffy white head and quite a bit of lacing. Great retention. The nose brings forward some nice stone fruits and a bit of straw. Also there is a good amount of earthy funk. Very nice. Flavor adds in a bit of alcohol, but otherwise nice funk. Light body and very dry. Slight booze. Overall, I am very pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Photo of birchstick
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear yellow color without much of a head

S - smells of herbs (like the marijuana of the Andes used to cook ginue pigs) with a weird funk to it

T - starts of with minty wheat and some lemon and citrus tones intertwined. The funk from the nose makes itself present on the backend. Interesting flavor profile.

M - medium bodied and goes down rather smoothly

D - this a decent one. Based on the nose I was expecting more funk on the palate, but that's not to say it wasn't present. Worth a shot.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours clear yellow, slightly golden, tons of billowing white head that is very slow to subside, significant lacing.

S: lemons, citrus, wheat, faint floral notes, dandelion, grass, hints of pine and juniper. brett is present but not overwhelming, other delicate notes are more interesting.

T: belgian yeasts, lemon, citrus, wheat, a little bit of brett and a nice clean hoppiness, saaz and stryian perhaps.

M: medium-light to medium body. slightly minerally and chalky but that disappears quickly. slightly metallic on the finish but otherwise very clean drinking. a bit warm after a few sips, abv shows up.

O: Has improved greatly since the release. six months has treated this well, hops have faded and the brett has added fantastic floral smells. I wish I had another bottle to save for a year or two down the line.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with...GOOD LORD! Huge white head that doesn't appear to be going anywhere soon. I poured this one fairly gentle too. Scent is nice Brett with a hint of mustiness. Some Belgian yeast and lovely spicy notes. Nice funk to it. Scent sorta reminds me of fresh Orval. Taste is not as similar however. Initially quite hoppy with typical Belgian yeast characteristics. There is distinct Brett flavor blended nicely with the spiciness you would expect from a well crafted saison. Finishes with some bready notes and slight hop bitterness with some tart funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, I love the original Mischief...and this version is awesome too. I love the Bruery using wild yeast in more and more of their beers.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a huge head that rises in the glass for a long time after the pour.

S: Brett, wet horse blanket, white grapes and a slight hint of vinegar.

T: Chalky pale malt, a drawn out earthy hop flavor and a biscuity malt finish. Glad I got to try this one, but I wouldn't say it's one of my favorites from The Bruery.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Clear, golden yellow with a big white foaming head that lasts and lasts, though there isn't much lacing left.

Belgian, tart, somewhat musty, yeast plays the largest role in this beer's aroma along with a huge amount of citrus hops and bready malt. A full and simple aroma, though done exceptionally well. It's perhaps a tad more funky and hay-like than the typical Mischief, but still remarkably similar.

The flavor follows the nose nearly identically: the wild yeast, strong citrus and floral hops are the dominant flavors, along with bready malts. Incredibly well balanced; this beer is not overly bitter, overly hoppy, or overly yeasty, just a terrific, simple, balanced, effortlessly enjoyable beer.

Medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation (meaning: a lot).

A near flawless (wild) BSPA.

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Photo of Cavery
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared on July 18th with Klym and SundaySour. Purchased at the provisions that week.

Lost Abbey Tulip

A: Cloudy orange body with a creamy sea foam 3 finger head. A consistent fogginess within the rustic orange colors, and fairly strong retention with streaks of scrambled egg markings. This beer has a very creamsicle-like appearance between the foams and body color.

S: Slightly salty rustic breads up front. Some orange infused french bread crusts give a sweeter bread note. Sweet alcohols lend notes to tangelos and tangerines. Triple sec definitely comes to mind with repeat visits to the nose.

T: Orange tinged sourdough with mostly sweet brioche malts. A bittering hop note that really feigns citrus. The seasoning definitely is coriander on top of orange rinds -- orange on orange onslaught. However, every single note comes off much too mild. I really have to dig in here.

M: Mouth is actually solid with a medium fullness. Delicate sizzles on the tongue without interruptions to the delicate flavor. Light carbonation on a cooling silky feel. Lots of fine fur sensations on the tongue that elevates this beer a bit for me.

O: This is really just mischief gone mild. I think this might be one to sit on for a bit, as I think the carbonation would hold up. However, the bugs just came off much too tame in the current state. I'd consider grabbing one to store, but fresh it's very meh. Lots of orange flavor that's just pretty "been there done that"-- not the type of beer I've come to expect from the bruery, but in time this might just be a surprise.

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