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Ellwood Thompson's Fresh Farmhouse Ale | Blue & Gray Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by asabreed on 12-14-2008

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by edmedina:
Photo of edmedina
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring the beer and I get a nice big head. The color is white and dissipates quickly. The color is a orange yellow. It has some chill haze happening with some very active carbonation happening. The aroma is best described as a peppery, banana smell. If you want a more general description about it I would be described as fruity and spicey. I also pick up a subtle clove like smell as well. The taste is spicey. I would say more like a pepper corn bite with a wheaty flavor. I can pick up some banana as well. There is a slight vegetable hoppy character that is present. Overall, I found this to be a decent beer. If it were a hot summer day this would definitely hit the spot.

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Photo of asabreed
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not positive that this is brewed once, but it sounds like that may be the case. I went into ETs today, a local and very much loved store in the Richmond Fan District, and to my surprise, this was there, brewed by Blue & Gray. It's a cool idea to make a beer especially for a store, so we'll see what happens with this. No freshness date or ABV on the bottle.

Bomber into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Mildly hazy golden yellow, though with hardly any head at all, even with some heavy pours.

Smell: A nice aroma of herbs, citrus, and mild earthy and medicinal phenolic activity, a bit of band-aid, along with some fruit and berries in there too, oddly enough some watermelon maybe, and apples.

Taste: Initially bitter, which kind of works well with the medicinal phenolics and lingering fruit and citrus and earthy bitterness from the hops. But the backbone seems a bit weak, and the flavors could be much stronger but dissipate fairly quickly. Still a decent stab for a more local brewery trying a style as hard as this to nail down.

Mouthfeel: Because of the lack of carbonation, I had a feeling it was going to be a bit too under-carbonated, and that's the case, with the slightly medium and watery body.

Drinkability: I think this was around $5 for the bottle, and I'm glad I tried it, but I'm not sure I'd buy another one. Perhaps it's too green and could use some aging; I'm not sure. I'd never seen something like this, though: a beer brewed for a store by a brewery not even in the town. You'd think Legend or Richbrau would do this, since they're located in Richmond, but alas.

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Photo of Beejay
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy apricot color. A bit of a white head, but you have to coax it out.

S: Slightly sour, acidic, and a bit of a vinegar scent as well. Maybe some fruit hanging out in the background.

T: A tart fruity kick at first with hints of kiwi and vinegar. Interesting. Definitely Funky, but I am unsure if this is intended. Reading the other 2 reviews.. it seems not.

M: Tart, fairly highly carbonated, and a bit of a sipper.

D: Should have split this bottle with a friend. Tastes as if it could almost be a sour, but not intentionally... regardless it tastes ok, though a sipper. Would not buy again.

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Photo of MrOH
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honey colored with white, quickly dissapating head

Touch of bread, a little bit of banana-y esters, and then a good amount of peppery phenolic spice

Apples and pears dominate the front, then a bit of citrus, very round in impression, finishes very peppery. Quite nice.

Light in body and highly effervescent. Gets the salivary glands working

Not exactly something that you'd want to pound. Today was too good of a day for this (70 and sunny in February). Probably wouldn't get as high a score on a rainy day, but quite nice in the warmth.

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Ellwood Thompson's Fresh Farmhouse Ale from Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
3.56 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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