Phaedra | Four Winds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Four Winds Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada
fourwindsbrewing.ca

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,246
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
47
pDev:
8.7%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of BcCraft710
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leaddog
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden amber with four fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - citrus and tropical hops, belgian yeast, clove, bready malts, tropical fruits (mango), and earthy yeas.

Taste - Citrus and tropical hops come into play first then quickly transitions into the belgian yeast and clove. The bready malts, and tropical fruit aromas help to finish the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes off-dry with the hops and belgian yeast lingering.

Overall - A tasty Belgian IPA that is very easy to put back. The malts and hops are done well but the rye is not all there which is ok due to the fact that the other elements of the brew are done to a tee.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunman3
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle - part of their Zephyrus series of 'bold and unique ales...'. A Belgian-style rye IPA.

This beer pours a hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some decent tiered latticework lace around the glass as it lazily disseminates.

It smells of pungent (if indistinct) tropical citrus fruit, further juicy melon notes, some bready and doughy caramel malt, a subtle earthy yeastiness, and more leafy, piney, and musky floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, some slightly funky yeast, mild rye crackers, a muddled exotic fruitiness, cantaloupe rind, and more edgy weedy, piney, and gently soused-up floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite restrained in its lackadaisical frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, the malt and varied fruity esters carrying the lingering day.

Overall - another brew from this outfit that artfully balances the wild (I think) yeast and brash New World hops. The rye graininess does kind of get lost in the fray, but that's all right, there's enough going on in this offering that I almost didn't even notice!

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Photo of CJNAPS
3.22/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Niceroad77
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goalie35
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Easton70
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've tasted a couple of these from 650ml bottles in the past two weeks and this is one of the best IPAs I've ever had.

The beer pours a golden orange with a nice tight head that produces amazing "fresh beer" lacing for the entire bottle.

The aroma is tropical and that carries through to the taste but it's the mouthfeel that I love and that lacing....amazing. I'd love to taste this on draught.

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Photo of TerryW
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very good looking beer. Hazy honey colour with plenty curtainy lace. Slightly sharp nose, whiff of alcohol. Grainy, pine hops. Quite sharp on the palate. Noticeable alcohol. Piney hops. Noticeable rye grain, but you have to work your way through the alcohol. Not enough balance for me. Hops are really quite sharp, Alcohol a little too noticeable.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMZB
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flyerzrule
3.31/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours and light amber with a moderate head. Aroma is mostly funk, some malt,
and very light piney hops. Taste starts bread and cracker like followed by the funk from the Belgian yeast. Finishes slightly bitter but overall, it seems to be missing the hop presence to be an IPA and as a result is a bit too sweet.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got on trade! 650ml bottle served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a huge 2" head that lasts for over 5mins before film out. Medium gold colour and unfiltered

S- Lots of yeast. Almost a brett or at least you think it may be

T- Almost a sour/brett. Nice interesting different brew. Has yeast that keeps giving and a slight sour note. Has some resemblance to a Belgium IPA but not a whole lot. More like a brett mixed with sour and then hopped right up.

M- Dry and crisp

O- Nice brew. Very enjoyable break from the everyday. Has complexity and flavor. Will buy if I see it on sight

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went well with....... Chiff choff- Chicken hearts and gizzards stewed in a tomato sauce with basil, garlic and parm cheese

Enjoy

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Photo of jrempel
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

New batch released within the last couple of weeks. Much more impressive than previous versions. I think Four Winds is really starting to dial in their hoppy beers.

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Photo of Derek
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not at all what I expected, a lot like a Hefeweizen, though leaning towards a rogenbier. Initially surprised by the banana aroma.

Very hazy, orange pour. Creamy, not much head but it likes to lace. Really bready, restrained bitterness, pleasant hopping.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Four Winds 'Phaedra' @ 7.2% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to glass with a large white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-pine hops & yeast
T-smooth & easy drinking
MF-ok carbonation , big medium body
Ov-nice beer , no wow factor
prost LampertLand

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Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice ale, hops are discreet leaving room for the Belgian influence. The spicy rye comes in near the end and prolongs the feel.

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Photo of Fader
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BCborn
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chickenm
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Phaedra from Four Winds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 47 ratings