Broken Hipster | Indie Ale House Brewing Company

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Broken HipsterBroken Hipster

Brewed by:
Indie Ale House Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by liamt07 on 10-17-2012

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 11
Photo of Rukeli76
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle from the bottle shop. Served cold in a Hoegaarden witbier glass.

Appearance is what you'd expect from the style. Hazy blond colour. Good head retention.

Aroma is dominated by heavy-handed additions of coriander, orange peel, and an assortment of other botanicals.

Flavour follows aroma. Far too perfumy for my taste. The yeast esters you'd expect to encounter in a witbier are completely missing in action. I actually added a slice of lemon about halfway through to cut the coriander and botanical overkill.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.

Just an okay local take on a Belgian witbier.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from brewery.

Hazy gold with minimal head. typical Belgian yeast aromatics, but muted. Mild coriander and ginger notes with an almost AAL aftertaste that is disconcerting. On the thin side with moderate carbonation. Middling.

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Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Witbiers are characteristically hazy, but Broken Hipster really takes things to the next level. Normally I'd reserve use of the word 'swampy' for dark beers but it fits here even despite the ultra-pale colour. Its complexion is like that of skim milk and, again while that's perfectly normal, it's not very sightly.

Aromatics of fresh-cracked coriander and zested citrus are unmistakably those of a Witbier. These spicy and sweet characteristics are always delightful, though of course there's always variation in terms of caliber. As for Broken Hipster, I'd rate the bouquet about average...

But Broken Hipster is not your average Witbier - this one is brewed with ginger, lavender, and roses (as well as what the brewery calls "other stuff") on top of the standard additions of orange and coriander. Unfortunately none of those unique ingredients really stand out on the palate.

In truth, the flavour is a little lackluster. Don't get me wrong - this taste of juicy citrus and botanicals is pleasant but it lacks the appeal of the style's best. For all the times I've had this beer I've never been able to make heads or tails of why this is, but not even a full growler was able to convince me otherwise.

Broken Hipster is by no means a bad beer, but it's far from the pinnacle of Indie Ale House's portfolio - you could be blindfolded, throw a dart at the brewpub's wall and chances are it would land on an incredible beer. If it does land on Broken Hipster, no big deal, but I'd recommend throwing another one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Corriander in the aroma. Hazy golden colour and a small head with lace. Well carbonated and it suits it for very good drinkability. A wit with significant yeasty taste with a pleasant spicy finish. Served a bit cold. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of liamt07
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Golden yellow, white head with light retention and lace. Floral nose, light lavender, wheat, gentle fruitiness and some spice. Taste has more lavender, spice (coriander), slight wheat and yeast flavours. Light mouthfeel, with a bit of a zesty bite in the finish. A nice lighter wheat beer.

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Broken Hipster from Indie Ale House Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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