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Patriarch | Idle Hands Craft Ales

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Brewed by:
Idle Hands Craft Ales
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 11-02-2011

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From the 500 ml. bottle, bottled in February 2015. Sampled on June 9, 2015.

It has your basic pale yellow-olive pour with a quick fizzy head that diminishes almost immediately. Slight haze.

The aroma expresses toasted biscuit and toasted malts along with pepper, spices, and grassy hops on the tail end.

Light body. Creamy and refreshing.

The taste also brings out the fine toasted bread and biscuit notes and the pepper after bite plays up some but does not overpower. Clean finish.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I ran through some of Idle Hands' offerings at their brewery and thought this was the best. We bought a growler.

For what it's worth this is Idle Hands' house beer that is brewed only upon receiving a fresh batch of yeast. After going through a batch of Patriarch that yeast is then used in all (most?) of Idle Hands' beer as their house strain. Hence the name. All batches are pilsener, yeast, water and a different hop each time. This batch was Perle.

Translucent orangey golden hay color with a thin head from my poor pour. Head lays down into a a crescent moon collar with a foamy smudge in the middle of my glass. Rouses well. Served in a Sambvca tulip 'cause that's what I had.

Dry hay, dry board, all the lovely yeasty phenols that make for a phenomenal barnyard beer.

Wonderfully dry and phenolic. Bread crust and a little sugared lemon/orange rind sweetness. Earthy, herbal hop for balance.

Everything I'd ever want in a BPA - dry, simple yet with lots of depth, balanced. Helluva yeast strain.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just noticed I haven't reviewed anything from Idle Hands. I certainly have had some of their flagships but I guess I never took notes. Table Beer is something I have grown to be quite the fan of recently and very happy to see several MA takes on it available.

A- Slightly hazy golden ale poured from a 500ml bottle into my teku glass with a large, thick creamy white head. Good head retention as a heavy blanket and ring stick around depositing massive blankets of lace around most of the glass.

S- Overriding theme of spicy, herbal notes with citrus, floral and a bit of Belgian yeasty funk (not like Brett but some earthy breadiness). Lemons, peppery spice, orange and slight phenols.

T- Dry and spicy grassyness (hay) with an herbal and floral theme provided throughout. Lemon zest and light tartness, orange peel, coriander, pepper, cooking herbs, rustic bread and pale fruit like grapes in the backdrop.

MF- Very creamy considering the light end and dry body but this semi-chewy consistency provides a silky smoothness against the very high carbonation. Finishes lightly bitter with herbal hints lingering on the palate.

Bright, smooth and refreshing; pretty much what I look for in this style. The creamy, smooth body provides a great platform for the citrus and spicy yeast profile to shine.

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Patriarch from Idle Hands Craft Ales
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 69 ratings
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