Transmitter Brewing

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Wild Ale
Ranked #1,236
Ranked #17,849
3.94 | pDev: 5.84%
Transmitter Brewing
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: Formerly G4 Sour Golden Ale

Refreshing Tart lightly soured golden ale. Soft Fruit flavors and aroma from a combination of Huell Melon and Nelson Sauvin hops.
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metter98 from New York

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of gooseberries are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of gooseberries along with notes of honeydew melon. There is a a light to moderate amount of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a rather tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This sour ale has pleasant aromas and flavors of gooseberries.

Serving type: can

Jul 08, 2018
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Brooklyn. Pours orange with fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready malt and wild berries. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is sour, tart, fruity, pale malt and some hops. Finish is long and tart. Nice refreshing brew.

Aug 15, 2016
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged and corked 750ml bottle into a dogfish tulip glass.

Look is hazy golden with a big head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is dry tart farmhouse ale.

Taste is more of that refreshing tart slightly slaty note.

Absolutely delicious summer drinker.

Aug 09, 2016
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thepenguin from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a very lively and clear gold color, on the darker side, with a pretty massive foamy head and good head retention. Very pretty beer.

S: Mildly tart with a touch of honey-like malt and sweet meaty tropical fruit. Some citrus and grassy hops with some moderate brett character.

T: Restrained tartness, relatively clean and fruity Brett character, and bright hops. Some sweet bright citrus, pineapple and grassy hop character. Semi-dry with some cracker-like, heathery malt.

F: Just under medium bodied with very lively carbonation.

Thoughts: Yet another good beer from Transmitter, though far from my favorite beer from them and far from a standard-bearer for hoppy wild ales.

May 08, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Pineapple, tangerine, orange peel, bready, and pale malts. Some funk in there too.

Taste: Tropical and cittus, tart, sour, pucker, bitterness, bready, and pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, tsrt, pucker, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and some bitterness.

Overall: Will have to admit that I liked this beer a lot. Will look for more of this in the future.

Jul 28, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a standard, white head. Aroma is Bretty and fruity with some graininess. Flavor comes forth the the Brett-fruit flavor that is indeed somewhat reminiscent of pale, tropical fruits. Almost like overripe fruit. Really juicy but almost too mushy. Mildly funky. Medium bodied. Not very sour. Just a bit of tart but more funky-yeasty than tart, really. Overpriced, too. Paid too much for this.

Jun 25, 2015
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Hopdaemon39 from New York

3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy, golden orange with a finger of head that dissipates over time and leaves very little lacing in my wine glass.

Smell is underwhelming. Definitely a little brett funk but not a lot, and a bit of hops come through.

Tastes nice- lots of citrus, kinda a citrus tartness plus a TINY TINY bit of brett funk plus some bitterness and earthy tones from the hops.

Mouthfeel is very nice- light body and well carbonated but not super prickly just bubbles. This isn't revolutionary but it's certainly very refreshing on a hot day like today, and pairs nicely with my pasta with peas and bacon, and also with this goat brie.

Jun 24, 2015
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sprat1960 from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden color; translucent. Lots of small bubbles noticeable. Pours with a rich 2 finger very light tan head that dies down quickly, leaving almost no trace. Looks slightly better than a high quality commercial beer.

Smell: Pineapple, citrus (lemon, grapefruit), grass, faint sour aroma.

Taste: Tastes just like it smells, only more aparent. Pineapple, citrus (lemon, grapefruit), grass, slight sour finish. Refreshing.

Feel: Nice mild carbonation; slight tingle at the start. Smooth middle. Slight pucker at the end from the mild tartness. Lighter-side of medium body. Very good.

Overall: A nice, mild sour. Refreshing. Would be good to sip on a hot day. Very good, but nothing to rave about. I would gladly drink this again if I was in the mood; though there are better sours out there.

Jun 23, 2015
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JonathanTaylorThomas from Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Picked this up from Eastern District in Greenpoint. First Transmitter brew I've tried.

Pours an amber golden color, with crazy amounts of head that subsides rather quickly.
Smells of lemons, fresh-cut grass, dirt, honey, maple syrup, pineapple, and maybe even a little coconut.
Taste is sort of grainy, with the tartness coming on early, but not in a way you'd expect. I get more lemon, a rich, sort of earthy malt, and sweet tropical fruit.
Carbonation is sort of overwhelming, to be honest. It almost makes it hard to appreciate some of the more subtle flavors.

I find it interesting that the G1-3 were just golden ales, yet the G4 is a "sour golden ale." The fact that this beer's tartness is fairly subtle, and Transmitter is fairly small, makes me wonder whether tartness was what the brewers actually intended. I'll have to ask them when I get there!

Oct 23, 2014
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mdfb79 from New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

"Refreshing tart, lightly soured golden ale. Soft fruit flavors and aroma from a combination of melon and Nelson Sauvin hops. Bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces."

From 09/08/14 notes. Picked this up 2 days earlier at the brewery, 750ml bottle corked and caged poured into my Transmitter globe glass.

Pours a murky, deep burnt gold color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light citrus, floral hops, light funk, yeast, earthy notes. Tastes of honeysuckle, perfume, pineapples, oranges, brett, and tropical fruits. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. No alcohol bite, pretty easy to drink.

Overall a pretty good saison with brett...not my favorite of their beers but one of the better ones so far. I find their beers with brett have it moreso in the taste than the nose, and a lot of their beers are very very similar, but they are pretty good. Worth checking out.

Sep 09, 2014
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