Starfish | Brouwerij West

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij West
California, United States
brouwerijwest.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mecca Grade Estate Barley, Raw Wheat, Raw Oats, Raw Rye, and double dry-hopped with Centennial and Chinook.


Added by redfox405 on 04-03-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,015
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
48
pDev:
6.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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0
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by EdTheEdge:
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of BrotherDylan
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

California is slowly but surely developing its own unique style and take on the "NE Style IPA". Even more so, Northern California and Southern California are both themselves branching off in an interesting path that is at once divergent while still very much in the same direction as the West Coast IPA.

As more and more California breweries brew Hazy IPAs, the line between a California NE Style IPA and a true NE IPA becomes more clear while the line between a California NE Style IPA and a classic west coast IPA have started to blur.

The California NE Style IPA has grown more bitter, less hazy, and more attenuated. Even while emulating a beer that is by very definition the polar opposite, both in coast and characteristics, California Hazy IPAs have taken on a flavor character that is distinctly Californian. Culturally, the haze is dissipating, the bitterness is increasing, and the attenuation is dropping.

This evolution, however, is not without its own sub-evolutions. Much like a bird in the Galapagos, Northern California Hazy IPAs are evolving to meet the local demands and becoming much more West Coast than their Southern brethren. Southern California Hazy is distinctly bitter but maintains much more haze and sweetness. It is as if, at least in LA, the image of the Hazy IPA is more important than tasting like one. The Southern Haze drips in under-attenuated sweetness and fruity yeast esters while still tar and feathering the back of your tongue with citrusy bitterness. The cloudiness is North East, the yeast is North East, but the malt and hops are all West Coast.

Northern California Haze is almost intentionally trying to defy the trend and differ for the sake of differing. The beers are unfiltered, but the yeast is vigorous, not lazy. The hop bites, the finish is clean, and the color is bright. Yet the drinker immediately knows, this is not your grandpa's IPA.

As Northern and Southern California NE Style IPAs both diverge toward the west coast palate, they also diverge separately towards the cultural palates of their respective geographies. What the drinker prefers is their own decision to make. People will line up and clamor for the beers just the same in both locations. The madness for juice will persist regardless of place of residence because the beers are (almost) all just flat out good.

Yet as this craze continues, so does the evolution of the style. Maybe there is something in the water that is causing this metamorphosis, but whatever it is, beer drinkers everywhere will be enthralled to see what comes next.


Review:

This beer is great if you like your Haze Southern Californian. The beer is distinctly familiar, but not your stereotypical NE IPA. The beer is sweet and fruity, but still firmly bitter and crisp. If you bought this expecting Tree House or Heady Topper, you will be let down.

Expand your expectations and indulge in a NE Style beer that is uniquely Southern Californian. It is an excellent beer if you drink it as an original take on a style and not a one to one clone of that style.

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Photo of Lofreqwave
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dertyd
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TrojanRB
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, opaque, brownish yellow

Smells of pine, clean citrus, and some peach

Taste follows, but has a strong finish of bitter lemon rind. Herbal as well.

Lightly carbonated, a bit of chalkiness.

Certainly not a traditional “NEIPA”. Less tropical fruit, more characteristic of a west coast ipa....with the pine, citrus, and herbalness

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Photo of nataku00
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of varian7
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like my Jr year Anthropology teacher, there ain’t nothing wrong with this one. It may not be a freak like that lil minx, but it is devilishly good. Raul almost ventured to say that it’s a Hefeweizen IPA; there are some serious banana flavors going on right here - and Raul is ok with that. Creamy, hoppy, bananay... yep!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can purchased at the source, but not dated. Hazy light orange under a one-inch thick white head which leaves semi-rings and clumpy lace. Aroma is fresh pineapple and floral notes with faint pine. Flavor is juicy pineapple and oranges with some herbal notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Soft, bitter and grainy finish. Need canning dates on these to ensure freshness.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chcshammonde
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good initially, but was not a fan of the overly sweet fruity flavors in this beer. I think the issue was that the hops did not come on strong enough to provide the proper balance.

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Photo of kdown
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FriedSlug
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a murky and clumpy glass of grapefruit juice with a soapy white head that leaves a blanket of lacing. Smells very citrusy and piney with some sweetness. Tastes juicy and sweet upfront with a leafy, piney bitter finish. The bitterness is quite aggressive and replaces the sweetness and fruit instead of complimenting it. The finish is quite grassy and bitter.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent beer. Falls short of the NE east coast juice Bombs.

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Photo of carrionricardo
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DEM HAZE BOI'z Gonna love this one.
Super fruity orange juice bomb. Tons of pineapple and mango flavors, juicy fruit bubble gum in the background, nice mouth feel and killer aroma. Smells like orange Julius. Glad there's no hype train on this one. No waiting in lines. But just as good as those other hyped up caned hazy beers.

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Photo of adipilla8708
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of coryhk
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcel371
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chief99
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jakecattleco
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can of unknown age into a tulip glass.

L: Pours murky copper bronze with 2 fingers of white medium density white head with good retention and left substantial ringed and windshield lacing.

S: Smells of overly ripe tropical fruit, papaya, pineapple, and grapefruit. Not overly appealing for my preferences.

T: Follows the nose mostly, which isn't necessarily a great thing. More prominence of the grapefruit than showed on the nose. Finishes with moderate bitterness and astringency, both linger.

F: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Tongue burns and tingles from the carbonation and astringency.

O: Not sure if I got an off batch, or perhaps a poorly stored one at the distributors. But this is a miss for my palate and preferences, with no desire to revisit. In general I've been typically less impressed with Brouwerij West recipes than most it seems, perhaps their yeast strains are not to my liking.

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Starfish from Brouwerij West
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 48 ratings