Farmhouse IPA | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Farmhouse IPAFarmhouse IPA

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For this somewhat funky farmhouse rendition of our flagship IPA, we took the base recipe and fermented it with a blend of French saison yeast and two strains of brettanomyces, followed by a healthy dry hopping with Galaxy hops. Drink now for maximum fresh hoppy flavor or cellar to develop the brett character. Santé!

45 IBU

Added by kkipple on 02-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 68
Photo of macrosmatic
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Hazy, light apricot color with a medium amount of visible carbonation and a one and a half finger white foamy head.

S: Caramel malts, Belgian fruity yeasts, and hoppiness (pine, citrus pith).

T: Belgian yeast (fruity esters and a bit of banana) and some barnyard, then comes the caramel malt, then some pine hoppy bitterness that lingers just a bit.

M: Medium body, a good amount of carbonation sensation, and a bitter sticky mouthfeel. Minimal alcohol presence, and I get a tingly bitter sensation in the front of my mouth.

O: Well, this was interesting, and was pretty good. It defied categorization. Unlike many intermediate styles of beers that I've had, this pulled off what it set out to, a hoppy farmhouse ale. And it did so very well, each flavor distinct from the others. The thing is, I'm just not sure that the hoppy bitterness mixing with the Belgian fruity sweetness works well for me.

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Photo of Treebs
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a Firestone Walker tulip. Bottled February 3, 2012.

A: Pours a solid golden color with some slight haze. A thick and airy white head forms on the pour. It recedes slowly to a frothy and bubbly ring. Sticky lace is left down the glass.

S: Yeasty body with a ton of fruity esters and some funk. Green hops, orange pith with some mild peach flavors. It's wrapped around some funk and light cracker malts.

T: The yeast is a little more subdued on the palate and the IPA side sort of takes over. Even for being 5 months old there still is some nice grassy hop flavors with pale and biscuit malts. There is some mild funk to it as well.

M: Medium to light bodied with nice carbonation. The finish is slightly grassy in nature.

O: Nice balance of yeast and base IPA. The hops still held up after this time and it played nicely with the bretty funk.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Builds a huge, pastel yellow, rocky foam that lives long, leaving thick patches of lace over a honey-amber beer. The head turns to a thick pillow, never actually dissipating within the Dogfish Head Fisheye Pint glass.

An intriguing funkiness of brett with fresh tangerine zest and lemon, the herbal notes are equally prominent.

Bitter and sour flavors duel for prominence, with bitterness ultimately winning out. This one opens with orange rind and quickly turns to a strong grapefruit. The long, bitter finish starts to numb the tongue later in the session.

A medium body with the texture of jersey cotton and soft carbonation. The alcohol is as expected and the beer is otherwise dry, particularly in the finish.

An enjoyable early evening beer to be consumed slowly. As with most Saisons, this one warms well, however, the bitterness is a bit high.

Not really to any style as far as I can tell, but this is not a detriment, it rather lends to the interest. The high bitterness, while enjoyable, does ultimately overwhelm the subtle flavors. Another good trade.

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Photo of craytonic
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dan!

Appearance: Amber pour, a bit cloudy, decent head and lacing
Smell: weird ipa/saison combo, slightly sweet
Taste: Slightly earthy, with some tangerine and citrus. Seems like a common saison strain I can't quite pinpoint
Overall: Interesting beer, would drink it locally but not seek it out

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.

L - Deep gold color with a huge 4-finger white, bubbly, creamy head. Nice retention, great lacing. Nice amount of carbonation. It’s interesting how it’s a few shades lighter than the original Westbrook IPA.

S - Very complex aroma. Caramel and honey, malt sweetness with orange, lemon, and floral hop aromas. Also a subtle but noticeable mustiness from the Brettanomyces and a hint of cloves and vinegar from other yeasts.

T - A hint of caramel sweetness but mostly spice and tartness to open up the taste. The hops appear toward the end with a nice bitter finish with grapefruit and floral notes.

F - Medium-bodied, nice tingling carbonation, chewy and mouth-coating feel, and a less bitter but drier finish than the original. Mustiness from the Brett lingers for a few seconds until the bitter finish takes over and lingers for longer.

O - I loved this beer. It has the aromas and flavors of the original Westbrook IPA, but they are slightly subdued to allow room for musty, tart, and spicy notes to appear. It’s definitely not the best IPA or the best saison, but Westbrook has blended the styles nicely. Very unique but also very drinkable. I’m glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Many thanks to my friend Bob for sending this my way!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color. Produced a large and fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

(S)- A nice dry profile. Bits of lemongrass, clay, mild earth, and a pleasant orange peel citrus at the end.

(T)- A bit heavier in the yeast department, but has the same dry/grassy lemon and earthy clay profile. Plenty of pine at the end reminding you of the IPA namesake.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. Has a good balance too, though is quite heavy in the yeast and bitter pine areas, but otherwise quite nice.

(D)- Overall, the saison/IPA combo is a success in this one. Has the earthy dryness of the saison and the bitter pine and citrus of an IPA.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1243rd Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip

Thanks to Blackbelt5112203 for this one

App- Deep deep orange with a solid center. Has a mix of yellows and golds mixed in. A small 1/2 finger head with decent cling and lace.

Smell- A big dose of earthy, grassy notes on this one. On another smell comes the yeast and a bit of citrus.

Taste- A nice mix of styles. The yeast balances this out but not like Stones Cali. This was more thick and earthy vs a big citrus punch. A nice beer but nothing that was earthy shattering.

Mouth- A good light medium with a medium carbonation level. The yeast comes out nicely and creates a earthy, mini spicy pocket of flavor.

Drink- Tasty, but was hoping for something closer to Stone Cali-Belg. Nice layers but just didnt pop like I was hoping.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent bottle courtesy of Doug. Vey fresh bottle, the hops waft as we open. Good appearance: a generous head, lots of lace. A little funkiness in the taste and the aroma. Good drinkability, with noticeably dry finish. A sipper. I like the Brett, citrus hops. Nothing unexpected, just a good idea that worked.

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Photo of UnderPressure
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orange. One inch head. Great lacing.

Spicy hops, some Belgiany funk in the aroma.

Nice flavor. Very hoppy and yeasty. Two very distinct flavor components.

Medium bodied with a dry finish.

I got two bottles of this. One to drink now, and one to age for a while. It's good right now, but I'm curious to see how the brett character develops.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at sesame burger charleston, sc.
Poured into standard pint. Pours a slight haze golden, little head. Smell is very nice. Very belgian yeasts complimented by fruity hops and some bready malts. Its deff a hoppy farmhouse.
Taste is of bready malts, fruity hops, and slightly floral. Really easy on the palate.
Overall, a fantastic saison/farmhouse. Full of barnyard flavor; belgian yeasty and malty, but the fruity hops really come alive and balance the whole thing.

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Photo of jsanford
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazy orange-gold with a creamy white head that settles to a sudsy hazy, leaving behind rings of sticky lacing.
S - Big tropical hop aromas of peach, mango, and tangerine with a fruity Belgian yeast profile and a healthy dose of earthy Brettanomyces. Wonderful nose, so fresh and crisp!
T - Lots of bitter, pithy hop flavors of grapefruit and peach, followed by more of the slightly funky, definitely earthy Brett. The Saison yeast strain is in there, too, and imparts a touch of banana and spicy clove. Citrus-heavy hops come roaring back in the finish, which is moderately dry and long-lasting. Tasty, but lacking some of that delectable tropical Galaxy hop profile from the nose.
M - Medium-bodied, with a slightly sticky, resinous mouthfeel from the hop oils, and good, sharp carbonation.
O - Another phenomenal beer from Westbrook, I'd love to take their advice and law a bottle of this down to see how the Brett develops, but I don't think I could bring myself to wait that long!

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Photo of ADemshar
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer is a dark golden color, very nice looking. It poured with about 3 fingers head which lasted about a minute.

Smell: The main scent I pulled from the beer was Mango. This is unique but once again very nice. There is also a pine smell in the background.

Taste: I taste a distinct grapefruit along with a subtle nutty taste. The hops is very present and lets you know it is there. In the end you get a farewell bite as you swallow. This is definitely in my top 5 IPAs.

Mouthfeel: The feel is relatively smooth. It feels like something you could guzzle all night long.

Overall: This far exceeded expectations. This is my first Westbrook beer and now I will be seeking them out as much as possible!

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber, just a shade darker than honey; a couple of fingers of foam sit sturdily atop the liquid, leaving some decent lacing behind

Smell: Tangerine and pith, with herbal spices and Bretty elements

Taste: The herbal/spicy character jumps out at the get-go, with the pithy tangerine and Brett building by mid-palate; a complex blend of spicy elements reverberates, after the swallow, with the citrus returning for a hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another fine beer from Westbrook; it will be interesting to see how the Brett develops over time

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Photo of beer2day
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey gold pour with light cream pillowy head, about 2 fingers worth. Light lace and trace retention.

Nose is light citrus and honey, but all dominated by a farm funk. Belgian yeast sneaks in with bananas and cloves, making for a swirling vortex of aroma. It works, though.

Flavor comes across with both honey and citrus. Again, the Belgian yeast contributes with bananas and cloves matching the nose. A bit disorganized, but again it all comes together well enough.

Feel is a bit cloying, with a sweet touch that is just a little too much. Would like a bit drier bite in the end.

Decent drinker and well done again from Westbrook.

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Photo of jpro
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from Westbrook. Poured into a Widmer Bros. tulip...

A: Hazy gold with a touch of orange; off-white, one-finger head of foam dies down and doesn’t leave much retention or lace; looks nice and bright, though.

S: Quite a bit of citrusy / grassy hop aroma - along with the fruity / bready Belgian yeast and some funk; has a bit of a refreshing aroma to it.

T: Some light sweetness starts things off, followed by the super citrus rind / canned fruit syrup bite; definitely ends with some musty / earthy notes along with a pretty emphatic bitter finish.

M: Medium-full bodied; high carbonation; zingy and yet still a touch oily; finishes pretty dry, though.

O: I guess you could look at this a super-hopped, heavier saison or an American IPA with some Belgian yeast and Brettanomyces thrown in... either way its a pretty interesting and tasty beer. If it wasn’t for the big bite on the end and the heavier mouthfeel, this would be quite the refreshing brew, to boot.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very tart, sweet, funky aroma of citrus, malt, and hops.

T: Tasted of mild hops, citrus, malt, and a good amount of yeast. Not quite as funked up as most saisons, but this isn't necessarily a debit. Lots of light, citrusy fruit. Hoppier than I expected. Slightly different than the usual saison flavor, but well done.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A somewhat off kilter take on the farmhouse ale. Drinkable.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Bell's stemmed tulip. Poured a deep yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, banana, spices, earth, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, spices, earth, earth hop, and earthy funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I really like the combination of Brett and farmhouse going on here. The Brett mixed really well with the spices going on here. But like my good friend kkipple stated, this one could use a little tweaking to dial it in perfectly. Another solid brew from Westbrook which I am glad to see bottled.

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Photo of kkipple
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New bottles landed from Westbrook! I just can't say no.

This is fresh stuff - the bomber has a bottled on date of Feb 03 2012 - that was just 7 days ago! Splendid. Four cheers for legible bottled on dates and NOT using date codes. Anyway, let's crack it.

A. Bottle conditioned, or at least a lot of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Opaque dusty watery orange, an initially fluffy inch tall head subsides to float lightly atop the beer. You can kick it back up with a swirl though, and release the....

Smell. Farmhouse IPA has a great one, Galaxy hops a plenty - you know the hop, or will soon. It's got that nice Simcoe-y all tropical / bitter tangerine - no pine here! There is malt too (this is 7.3% after all) but it's fairly dried out. Just a hint of sourness here, the Brett hasn't had time to work after all - still, there is something Allagash Little Big Beer in the aroma here, which is a GOOD thing. Complex, hoppy, detailed and interesting.

T. The flavor here is solid, but doesn't measure up to the delectable nose. Part of the issue may be that the carbonation out of the bottle is low; more cask-like than not. As a result the flavor doesn't pop like the aroma. But what it remains is hop flavor-forward (not bitter), dried out tropical fruit ale, smooth and with the faintest hint of sour / lemon. Not a great deal of "Saison" flavor here though. I feel like the vision for this beer is quite solid, but more pep in the flavor and fermentation complexity wouldn't hurt at all - the yeast is almost TOO clean.

M / O. Low carbonation, despite the head. Fine n faint. Cool, tame finish, hoppy flavor and a noticeable absence of bitterness, this fades out fruity and semi-dry. Should be better with food. No trouble putting away the bomber anyway.

Overall, an enjoyable recipe that with some tweaking might be even better. I hate to armchair review sometimes, but there is so much potential in this brewery... Westbrook has put out a great number of beers in their first year, almost all grand, and I look forward to seeing where they go with this - I have high hopes. Farmhouse IPA and Terrapin's Monk's Revenge seem to be the hopped up Saisons to beat in the Southeast. But don't take my word for it - grab one and decide for yourself!

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Farmhouse IPA from Westbrook Brewing Co.
3.95 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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