Ask The Dust
Brouwerij West

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #495
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #4,340
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 5.94%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
27
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Notes: A hazy IPA brewed with Mecca Grade Estate Malt malted barley and raw barley, raw spelt, and raw oats, hopped with El Dorado and dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 27 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of lucius10
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sweet tropical hoppy nose! Taste follows well with a moderate bitter kick. The bitter kick lingers on the palate a bit. Well balanced single with decent depth.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Much appreciation to @2beerdogs for handing this over during our lovely handshake tick when I was in that part of the world.

Pour is that pale yellow opacity. Massive sticky white head. Seems content to stay stacked and seems not to want to leave the glass as it clings in layers.

Nose is soft and lush. Citrus and tropical fruit. Not super distinct, but blends together really nicely.

Flavour follows much the same path. Crisp and flavourful. Light citrus and some sweet tropical notes. Finish is lightly bitter. Does a really good job of balancing the softer 'new england' elements with an enjoyable lighter APA/IPA.

Body is soft and full with just enough carbonation to give it some liveliness.

I'm not generall big on the hazy train, but this is really well done and enjoyable. Thanks Derek for sending it my way!

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Photo of superspak
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with RaulMondesi. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 9/27/2018. Pours very hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts the whole glass. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Amazing appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, watermelon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/light earthy hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, watermelon, guava, strawberry, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Mild pine, citrus peel/zest, herbal, floral, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, watermelon, guava, strawberry, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/light earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slight lingering resin near the end of the glass. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is an amazing NEIPA! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/light earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Amazingly soft feel. Amazing El Dorado, Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe profile. Extremely juicy/vibrant, and lightly dank/earthy hop complexity; perfect spelt/oat/malt balance. Minimal residual sweetness from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a flared pilsner glass—AZ Wilderness’ Wilderpils glass. This has a canning date printed below the “Government Warning” text on the back side of the can, which reads “Canned On 09/27/2018”, making this beer two weeks old at the time of consumption. Purchased from a cooler at the brewery, and it went straight into my fridge later the same day.

Appearance (4.75): This pours out a thick two fingers of extremely smooth, whipped foam—almost like a nitro pour—capping a very hazy, almost murky body that looks like orangeade with dark tan undertones. The head dies down slowly, leaving a rocky, whipped cap on the top linked to the rim of the glass by sparse, webby lacing tied to a delicate, lacy collar at the edge of the glass.

Smell (4.5): Hachi machi, this is pungent. Orange sherbet blended with mango sorbet, a touch of green tea, and a gentle dose of dank cannabis waft out of the glass, while key lime and musky papaya come from the can. This is, again, just so incredibly pungent. Soft notes of fresh baked white bread come from below, adding a little depth and chewiness. Fresh-squeeze orange juice, a touch of passionfruit, and a touch of resinous weed rule the day, though.

Taste (4.25): On the palate, an interesting mix of orange sherbet, an almost tannic, leathery earthiness, and gooseberry come together and lead the way, yielding quickly to a beautiful green tea flavor before getting rolled into a bright, flashy, yellow grapefruit zest bitterness that washes everything away. A tart white grape skin-like tannic character, along with the green tea notes, creates a bridge between the hops and the grain bill, which offers starchy, floury boule crusts, baking soda biscuits, and shortbread, allowing the hops room to play while also offering a tangible anchor that creates a solid continuum between hops and grain. No sign of booze. I’m loving the understated, earthy tones of leather and green tea that I don’t normally pick up in other (D)IPAs.

Mouthfeel (4.75): This is outstanding. The body is silky-smooth and medium-weight, creating a fuller-than-expected feel on the palate, leavened quickly by hop bitterness and soft, silky carbonation. That carb, meanwhile, sweeps onto the palate quietly with an even, thin coat of velvet-smooth bubbles, tingling lightly, before foaming up gently but fully on the wash out. The hops dry everything out perfectly, creating an overall deeply drinkable—but not so lightweight as to be crushable—consumption experience.

Overall (4.5): Something I’m noticing with Brouwerij West is the evident brewing expertise and fundamental technical skills. What the beer has to offer, I love: a gorgeous nose, an excellent set of flavors with earthy, tannic undertones you don’t normally find in your average (D)IPA, and a nearly perfect feel. And it looks beautiful, too. But none of this comes at the expense of balance: it’s hoppy, but allows enough grain and esters to come through; it’s a juicy NE-style IPA, but it’s also brightly, smartly bitter; and it’s smooth and full, but ever heavy. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours hazy yellow in color, with 2 fingers of dense white head. Loads of residual lacing.
Smell: Huge fruit aromas. Orange, grapefruit, passionfruit, lemon, mango, pineapple, green apple, papaya, strawberry, banana and melon all prevalent. Hints of black pepper and some lemongrass as well. Hops are earthy and herbal smelling, and not overpowering. Very nice juicy smell to this beer. Some biscuity malt as well.
Taste: Incredible. Really tropical fruit and stone fruit heavy with a grapefruit/lemon finish. Peach and apricot and prominent, as well as guava and pineapple. Really enjoyable. Lemongrass hop flavor on the finish with lingering fruit sweetness.
Feel: Soft and pillowy. Smooth with just the right touch of carbonation. Very low bitterness.
Overall: Perfect representation of the NEIPA style. Super easy to drink, and I am loving the 6.5abv. This is something I both would revisit and fully recommend. Also note, this can is around 2 months old, and it has held up very well. I am very grateful to have tried. Cheers!

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky like a wet dream, this one is a tease. Smells like Rita Hayworth in The Lady From Shanghai, while it tastes the most Luxurious, tropical sunsets you have ever seen.

This one is a winner.

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Ask The Dust from Brouwerij West
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 27 ratings