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Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in French Chardonnay Barrels w/ Brett

Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

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4.15
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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a hazed light gold color with a fluffy white head. Decent lace and retention.

Nose is badass! Tart wine, leathery brett and belgian yeast...awesome stuff.

Taste is not a letdown after the excellent nose - glad to come across something like this every once in a while that you have never heard of and dont have any expectations. The brett is bold yet soft...melds with the malt so seamlessly. The wood and wine tartness is a perfect compliment to the tripel. The base beer tastes like it is pretty damn good in its own right - light grassy bitterness and delicate yeast is a perfect combination. Great beer. Buy it if you see it!

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Photo of Etan
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml.

A: Pours a bright brass-tinged gold with a spongy white head.

S: Earthy and pineapple notes from the brett, dry vinous tannins and chardonnay, some light notes of clove and angel's cake from the base tripel.

T: Moderate tannic tartness, slightly harsh, bitter oak, peppery esters, guava, green grape, mild sweet pale malt, heavy chardonnay, breath of booze.

M: Medium-bodied with mildly frothy carbonation. Very oaky, tannic feel.

O: Definitely doesn't go light on the wine barrel presence, which obscures the base beer and the brett profile a bit. Perhaps it would benefit from less time in the barrel or a more seasoned barrel.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice; Batch #1 bottled 10/2011. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange zest, pear, peach, pineapple, apple, pepper, clove, white wine, oak, herbal, floral, funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, peach, pineapple, apple, clove, pepper, oak, white wine, floral, herbal, grass, funk, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pineapple, peach, pepper, clove, oak, white wine, floral, herbal, grass, funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast flavors with well balanced wine barrel presence; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian Tripel with Brett. Big complexity and balance of all flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

The only thing missing from this maelstrom is a kraken. Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy sunset auburn-brass topped by over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, grapefruit zest, light lime zest, a hint of tart Chardonnay grapes, a touch of mild biscuit, and a stiff breeze of earthy Brett. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more of that tart Chardonnay character. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I can't say this resembles a traditional tripel all that closely, but the bright citrus, tart wine, and earthy Brett all combine together into a very tasty melange. Screw style guidelines, this stuff is damn good.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a mini snifter. November 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Beginning of the bottle is clear yellow orange. The end is quite hazy and murky. Small white head.

Smell - Brett, but nothing over the top. Some earthy notes. Citrus. Some hops and esters. Sharp white wine adds to the acidity.

Taste - Tough to discern a tripel in here, but that might be a good thing considering American breweries' track record with tripels. Esters are strong. Pale malt. Spicy. More white wine than the nose, but a bit less brett. Bright citrusy flavors.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Brett hasn't completely taken over, but it's got a touch of tang to it.

Overall - I bet if you took the brett out of this, it would be another mediocre American tripel. Brett helps this out a lot.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter at cellar temperature. I've popped the corks off enough of these to warrant a review now.

The Tide and Its Takers is a dark, hazy straw color with a one to two-finger white head. Looks like a substantial Belgian-style ale.

Its aroma is very fruity and floral... and the smell is somehow sort of sour as well (I'm guessing this is from the brettanomyces). It smells very similar to white wine, no doubt because this was aged in French oak chardonnay barrels. A wonderful and interesting scent.

The taste follows up on the smell with few surprises. It has a fruity tartness and dry finish which REALLY reminds me of white wine or champaign, but then the finish has this wonderful bready aftertaste which reminds me that this is most DEFINITELY beer! The alcohol is excellently disguised.

The mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent, but not as highly carbonated as champaign, which I think is a good thing.

This is an extremely unique beer. I've really tasted NOTHING else quite like it, what with the remarkable qualities provided by the brett and the chardonnay barrel fermentation. It's really a must-try, trail-blazing belgian ale, if you ask me.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle and poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass. Bottle is marked "BATCH #2/NOV 2012", so the brett has had some time to make this beer its own.

Appearance - Hazy golden color that is orange like the rind, rather than the flesh. Head is yellowish-white and one-and-a-half fingers strong. Dissipates after a fairly short time--maybe 60 seconds--and leaves moderate lacing.

Smell - Like pretty much all of Anchorage's beers, the smell is intoxicating and complex. To be honest, the brett dominates here and pushes out some of the more yeasty, fruity characteristics that you often find in a tripel. That being said, there is some citrus and floral overtones that remind me of white wine supporting the funk.

Taste - Some elements of light oak and vanilla, but mostly barnyard funk and wet hay. The citrus notes come through and now I can sense more specific flavors, like lemon zest and starfruit.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant carbonation and medium-bodied. Finish is dry.

Overall, I would say this is one of my new favorites in the tripel style, but it just doesn't drink like a tripel to me. The brett really dominates in a way that makes this one feel more like a saison than a tripel. Based on that, I have to dock the overall score just a bit, even though I really liked it. Either way an awfully tasty beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. This is batch #2, brewed November 2012. I've been looking forward to this one!

Appearance: light golden hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy white foam with very good retention, if not much lace.

Smell: sour at first with a bit of sweetness underneath; a grassy funk then develops. I think Sorachi Ace hops complement Brettanomyces well in general, and here they work very well together. There's a hint of diacetyl which I don't love, but still, it's a very good smelling beer.

Taste: bright sourness that quickly slides to the side of the tongue as the funk and bitterness develop. Actually, this beer really does seem to work most of its magic on the sides of the palate. Very enticing, although again, the diacetyl butteriness is just not my bag. That brings it down from "totally awesome" to just plain "damn good".

Mouthfeel: medium body with a massive carbonation and a wonderfully satisfying creaminess. There you have big bottle-conditioned beers, though.

Overall: I like this beer quite a lot. Though I really dislike diacetyl, it's mild enough not to be a dealbreaker. If that particular trait doesn't bother you, though, this beer is absolutely well worth trying.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 C&C split with Evan yesterday, 6/8/2013 in snifters. Going off memory here until I get to try this one again.

Aroma: Mostly farmhouse- a bit of sweet lemon along with a nice dose of funk; or whatever it is that I get from Brett beers. There's a lot of the funk for sure. A bit of tartness. (4.25)

Colour: Hazy golden body with a good bit of thick white head that sticks around for a good while, lacing is very nice and thick. (4.25)

Flavour: Lotta funk in this one. I really like it. A decent bit of citrus, like orange and lemon zest, but mostly covered up by the funk. It tastes great, not supremely complex but definitely brings some interesting stuff to the glass. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied tripel that is very well carbonated and finishes nicely without much dryness. Refreshing and tasty. The aftertaste is rather tart without being too super sour. Nice! (4.5)

Overall: Definitely a tasty Brett beer, funky and refreshing. I've passed this over at the store a lot and I'll be sure to get one if I see it on the shelves again. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys a nice dose of Brett. (4.25)

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, Batch 2, Nov 2012
Victory tulip

A: Hazy bright yellow orange color. Full finger of bright white head. Sheets of lacing. Nice bottle carbed brew.

S: Nice Brett forward nose here. Smells funky. Also get nice vinous notes. The hops are there too adding some interesting fruit character. Lemon. Crisp citrus.

T: Up front you get some hop character from the Sorachi Ace. Then that vinous hints. There is some sweetness, but not the traditional banana and clove flavors. There are some oak notes and rounding during sip. Love the funky character. Crisp refreshing finish. Doesn't taste like 9% unless you drink whole bottle :).

M: Medium bodied. Clean.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle at a store in Burlington, Vermont. Batch 2, November 2012. From notes.

A - One finger thick white head on a cloudy golden body. Nice lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Brett, grape skin, lemon. Sort of a gueuze character with the sweet/tart thing going on. Peach maybe.

T - Grape skins, grapes, dusty, lemons. Quite a dusty sorta taste. Overripe peach and orange.

M - Soft carbonation, sort of creamy and full body with a bit of tartness in the finish.

O/D - Cool beer. Couldn't pick up any alcohol and the Brett character was good if a bit too dominant.

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Photo of afrokaze
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2, Nov 2012 bottle date. Another step on my quest to try all the Anchorage beers.

Pours a golden yellow/orange with a bit of haze, decent fluffy head that doesn't leave much lacing.

Pils malt sweetness up front, with lots of strong musty and fruity funk. Peppercorns, orange, peach, apricot, pear, sage, herbal spice, cheese, a bit medicinal and hints of alcohol.

Wow, much more complex than I was expecting - pils malt is balanced out by good acidity, both acetic and lactic but not distracting in any way. A bit of honey sweetness then yeasty esters, herbal spice, clove, peppercorns, sage, spicy and lemony hops in the after taste with a decent amount of warming and some vanilla/caramel in the finish.

Mouth is solid despite all the Brett going on. Lasting enough to leave an impression but with soft carbonation that doesn't feel too sticky.

Not usually a huge fan of tripels but this one really hit the spot due to the earthy funk and tartness keeping the sweetness/alcohol in check. Feels satisfying and paired well with food (stuffed bell peppers in this case.)

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. $13 I think.

A: Hazily golden. Generous head with big, soapy bubbles. Very promising.

S: Brett party. A little citrus, maybe lemon, but the Brett is in charge in the aroma department.

T: Tart, funky, and fruity, though again, the fruit is subdued in favor of the Brett, as are any readily discernible triple characteristics. Maybe the yeast holds back some flavors that are hidden in here, but if you're a Bretthead, this is for you.

M: Soft and gentle on the palate. Quite dry. Very warming.

O: Quenching, refreshing, and totally perfect on a late spring night. The only thing preventing even higher scores from this reviewer is that it wasn't the most "complex" drinking experience, with the yeast asserting itself so dominantly. That said, it tastes great. A treat, and not my last time.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright apricot yellow, moderately cloudy body, several inches of bubbly white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing.

Smells of lemon, flowers, brett, dry grassy funk, white grapes and oranges and pears, a touch of sourness. Noticeable hop character. Fairly complex, smells very nice.

Opens with flowers and dry hay like funk, a light sweetness that fades into a drier white grape fruitiness. Finishes dry and fairly hoppy for the style. Fairly similar to the nose but a little less fruit.

Mouthfeel is lightly fizzy, medium body, alcohol is well hidden and drinkability is good.

This beer is pretty typical of Anchorage and very good like all their beers. This is probably the least unusual Anchorage beer I've had though.

7.8/10

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #2. Poured in a snifter, the beer is a very bright, slightly hazed, orange-gold coloring with a thin, whispy film coating of white on the surface. Aromas of roast and earth softening the Belgian yeast characteristics, including cherry sweet and white wine grapes. Slight floral highlights on the nose, too. Flavors are very layered, with an initial blend of char, tobacco, and wood giving rise to a toasted grain backbone with floral and sweet highlights of cherry, some citrus, nutmeg, all-spice, and white wine grape. Very balanced, and very dynamic. Wow. The chardonnay/riesling grape characteristics blend into the aftertaste, with a dry, crisp feel in mouth. Dry, clean finish, with a slightly dry-sweet lingering. This beer, despite an elevated ABV, is a great sipper. Very smooth and very tasty.

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

Batch 2 bottled Nov 2012

A: pours a clear light orange with a small and dense white head that is slow to fade into a DFH snifter
S: smells of bretty funk, some oak and a slight tartness.
T: clean bready malt flavor followed by a tart kick in the teeth, slight esters as well, a bit lemony, decent fruitiness, slight spicy and peppery yeast, a bit of oak and vanilla. swallow brings a bit of funk, some oak and a bit more yeasty goodness with a slight band aid/horseblanket flavor on the finish
M: lighter side of medium with soft carbonation from bottle conditioning. dry finish
O: Holy cow is this good. Anchorage knows how to make some solid beers and this one is fantastic. it isn't your run of the mill tripel and the brett and chardonnay barrels brings an interesting side to things. Worth every penny and a must try.

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Photo of yankeepride
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one took me from eager anticipation to fear to delight in a matter of moments. The description on the bottle made it sound amazing, and the pour to a tulip only got me more fired up with such a strong golden color. However, when I raised the glass to my nose, I smelled ... chicken coop? It was a smell I hadn't really gotten that strong since my childhood on a farm, and I have to admit it was not a good memory. I was curious if it was a bad bottle, but order was soon restored when I tasted it. There were those familiar Belgian yeast notes, but in a faded, distant kind of way. They quickly gave way to the brett, but again not in as strong a way as in other wild-style ales. There was such a collaborative effort between the flavors, and it made for a fairly unique taste experience. Really enjoyed this, and would certainly buy it again.

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Photo of n2185
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Belgian spices and candy sugar up front followed by a nice, musty Brett flavor reminiscent of barnyards and a bit of funk (in a good way). There are some sweet and oaky Chardonnay notes toward the finish.

T: Belgian spices up front here as well before musty barnyard flavors kick in. Tart, fermented fruit flavors follow with an oaky Chardonnay finish that is just slightly bitter.

M: Medium-light body with carbonation on the low side of moderate, this beer is a little undercarbonated, but is smooth without being watery.

O: A very enjoyable beer overall. I love the combination of the Belgian tripel flavors/aromas with those contributed by the Brett and the Chardonnay barrels.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 2 from NOV/2012

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that quickly fizzles away to nothing

S: Nice and funky, with quite the tartness and Brett character to go along with it. Along with the funk, there is some light fruitiness and oak from the chardonnay barrels

T: Follows the nose with less of the tartness and more of the barnyard from the Brett. Still get the light fruitiness and subtle oak from the chardonnay barrels. Definite vinous qualities from the barrel as well. Some nice, simple complexities all around

M: Light-medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Quite dry

O: This is definitely not your average tripel. The barrel and Brett character add quite a bit of complexity without overwhelming any of the base beer's characteristics. Quite expensive, but very nicely done

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Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured out as a hazy golden color with a very nice white head on top. The retention is good as well as the lacing. The smell of the beer has a really good sweet and citric aroma, incredibly balanced. Really pleasant on the nose. The taste of the beer is really well balanced also, sweet maltiness with a great balance of Brett with a hint of spice as well. The mouthfeel is well carbonated yet soft, there is a slight creaminess to it, really nice. Overall it's very good, the addition of Brett adds a really nice additional element to the beer. Very good stuff.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from batch #1, Oct 2011.

Pours hazy straw with an inch of white head. A partial skim coat and a few dots of lacing for the duration of the glass. Carbonation light for the style.

Aromatics lead off with pineapple skins, apples, bubblegum, cloves, and white wine. Hints of oak, cut grass, and musty fruit follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

Candied apples, clove-studded bubblegum, wine-soaked biscuits, and wet hay start the palate.
Shades of honey, orange marmalade, and warming alcohol step forward.

Finishes with mild brett, winey oak, and honey-drizzeled apples.

Tasty and complex. It could use a higher carbonation level and the hopping is subdued though. Perhaps batch 2 when it's fresh could be superior.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured chilled into a tulip.

Pours a nice hazy blonde color with an inch of airy white head that quickly recedes with light surface layer and moderate lacing.

Flavor and aroma are all about the brett. Sour grapes with a hint of spice.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a medium dry finish.

Overall a nicely balanced beer. Nothing wrong, but nothing stands out either. Ultimately it is exactly what it is. A blonde tripel that highlights the brett.

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Photo of beertunes
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DaftCaskBC for sharing this bottle with me. Poured into flute. Poured a very nice lightly hazy golden yellow color with about an inch of white head that hadgood retention and moderate lacing. The beer had a lot of tiny bubbles streaming, but seemed to be lacking the carbonation levels seen in most Tripels.

The aroma was very, if you're into the funk. The Brett was strong and dominated the scent. Horse blanket, almost bordering on baby diaper. Underneath there was a very light grain scent, and not much of the usual yeast spices and aromas you see in the style. On the tongue, the Brett was still the main feature, the base grains showed up a bit better, and the yeasty spice was a bit more notable, but yeah, this is a very Bretty brew.

The body was on the light side of medium for the style, and was very dry, especially for a Tripel. Drinkability was excellent, if you dig the funk, and would be OK even if you weren't. Overall, a very nice brew. This is the first beer I've had from this brewery, and I look forward to trying more. A must try if you see it.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly pale golden colour, mild haze but mostly clear. White, dense head, nice marshmallowy lace. Looks nice.

Smells Bretty. Funky and wild, with some barnyard mixing with citrus tang and an odd peanutty kind of aroma. A little bit too rich/sweet actually, but with some nice notes.

Taste starts with more nutty malt, then gets that organic funky flavour, not quite tart but just nice and organic-tasting yeasts. A hint of soil and grass and a slight mould flavour, in a good way. Spice on the back as well. Could use more acidity to freshen it up and cut through as it's still a little on the rich/sweet side for me.

A bit bitey, but a good bit of substance on the feel. Quite puckering towards the back, however.

Pleasant, but not quite as well harnessed as others in the same ballpark sort of 'genre' that I've tried.

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

Shared with beertunes.

A: golden amber liquid with 1/2" white head.

S: sour funk, sweet pilsner malt, greasy noble hops.

T: sour funk, soft yeast, noble hops.

M: medium smooth viscosity and a medium level of soft carbonation.

O: Very tasty and drinkable.

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The Tide And Its Takers from Anchorage Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.
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