Hell-Broth | Off Color Brewing

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4.18/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
offcolorbrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with Amager Bryghus, Danish Style Wild Ale brewed with; Cranberries, Juniper Berries, Wild Blossom Honey, and Lemon Blossom Honey.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 12-02-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,762
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
57
pDev:
5.98%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

i cannot think of a more perfect beer to pop with thanksgiving dinner! this is special and celebratory, and its absolutely delicious. i was surprised there wasnt more color to this, no sign of the fruit at all visually speaking, but this is radiant and pale, heady like champagne, and delicate looking. it smells insanely complex, and the flavor follows the nose. the cranberries add a nice tartness on a very simple malt base, and have the classic autumnal flare, but for me, the yeast and the honey are what make this special, i get subtle pine needles from the juniper, and i get a lot of lemon on it to from the honey, a raw waxy honey that ends up dry somehow, white wine notes and tannins, insane funk to this, clean sourness, and amazing maturity and depth for something so crushable and even refreshing. i like how wild it is, but also how delicate. funky mild brett like so may of the off color beers have, but seemingly more developed here, nice with the added sourness of the cranberries. there is great balance here, a botanical freshness, not too much fruit, and just highly effervescent carbonation, so awesome. one of my favorite beers of the holiday, worth the insane price they fetch for it, but im glad i picked this up. off color continues to impress me every single time. this is world class!

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Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattreitz49
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tucquan
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2018-09-04 in Columbia, PA from a 2017 bomber bottle

A - Hazy straw gold with an explosive amount of foam, frothing aggressively out of the bottle and making a mess. Poured into the glass, the head was white and faded quickly leaving little lace. Knocked off some points for the explosive release.

S - Nice wild Brett aroma mixed with peach and honey. Smells great.

T - Flavor echoes the aroma with plenty of Brett grass/hay/yeast and plenty of peach skin and light cranberry. Tart but also some honey sweetness. Great balance.

M - Light body and heavy carbonation.

O - My wife and I both really enjoyed this beer. The aroma and flavors are wonderful. So well balanced, you don't have to think about what your are drinking; just sit back and enjoy! Reminded us of a Rare Barrel fruited golden sour.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HankSingle
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At this point, it's hard to say any beer can justify just under 25 dollars for a 750ml, and the headspace and wallet place necessary to do so is very particular; if you can't comfortably say 'I could buy a beer for $25 bucks' without flinching, don't bother with this, because it doesn't matter how good the beer is - nothing can overcome that sensation of it being a bad purchase.

If you can, and I did, rationalizing it was closer to a good bottle of wine, me oh my. And if you like wine on the sour side of the sky, doubly so - because this drinks like a beautiful, wild-fermented Jura Chardonnay, but it costs about half of what you'd expect to pay for it. Encouraging smooth, long pulls, the sourness is brisk, but mild - it's on the mean side of tart, but I've had a lot of beers that were meaner. It ultimately drinks as refreshing, which is a lovely counterpoint to the weight, which is substantial, and much of where the sensation of being a gently barreled white comes from.

The honey races up and down this beer, dry and everpresent, but the star is cranberry - which somehow reads as sweet on the front of the sip, and cranberry sweetness is a peculiar, but lovely idea. This beer was gone much, much too fast, and I adored it, even as it chafed my wallet to buy. If you can clear that hurdle, find it, drink it - with dinner, ideally, as I think this would kill a plate of chicken.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drstalker
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mush
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HOLTMAN44
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maz
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakea
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of darktronica
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrKarl
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of whatname
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tim725
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of peabody
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent gold with a thumb of fast falling ivory colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, wet hay, lemon

T: Follows the nose, a little lemon& grapefruit tartness up front. Dryness, lemon, a little cherry as this warms, along with tartness. Finishes with tart cherry & lemon & some saltyness

MF: Firm carbonation, medium body

Drinks easy, tasty enough, but at over a dollar an ounce, I can't recoomend this one unless you have money to burn. That's what I feel like I did with mine

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Photo of lloydboss
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hell-Broth from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 57 ratings