Brett IPA | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brett IPABrett IPA
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4.12/5
Exceptional
Brett IPABrett IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: American Brett

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
During transport overseas, early India Pale Ales were stored in wooden barrels. In these barrels—beer experts suppose—some ales were naturally inoculated with Brettanomyces, a form of wild yeast. Brett IPA plays off this piece of brewing lore by pairing Brettanomyces—a yeast that exhibits itself as ripe fruit rather than strong funk or sourness—with multiple varieties of fruit-forward hops.

Aromas of citrus, pineapple, and passion fruit meld into tropical flavors that pair nicely with the beer’s lightly hopped body. Maris Otter, Munich malts, and raw wheat balance the floral barrage of Bravo, Cascade, Amarillo, Centennial, Citra, and Galaxy hops. By finishing with a mix of pleasant bitterness and tropical fruit, Brett IPA ushers brewing history into the present.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
90
pDev:
8.5%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
 
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 90
Photo of mothmanscott
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a chill hazed deep straw producing nearly 2 fingers of short-lived, foamy, egg shell white head that leaves a thin wash of spotty lace. Aroma slightly tart, lemon/lime sherbet, orange, pineapple and apple, Brett musty funk, earth, hay, resinous hops and a blue cheese-like (dirty socks) hint. There's also a bready hint. Taste is citric (heavy to tangerine and orange) and tropical notes, Brett mustiness, cheesey ammonia, apple cider, earth, spice and pine hops. Finishes prickly and dry; it recedes to a citric, fruity, Brett/wild yeast funky afrertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, drying as you drink; tongue wrapping it dances with a fine prickle. Reminiscent of Green Flash's much lamented (by me) Rayon Vert, this brew delights me. I look forward to more.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods UWS, NYC (bottled in 8/23/18). Appearance is cloudy tan yellow with thin creamy white head and good lacing, smell is quite fruity and funky, passion fruit and sour dried apricot, and it swerves back and forth between cat piss and overripe strawberries, taste follows the nose, passion fruity with bitter and funky swells of brett, a little thin. I think the age of the bottle tells the story but this is a a quiet fruity brett monster.

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Photo of illpass78
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into a tulip.

Appearance: A frothy straw with a big white head that recedes quickly. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Tropical fruits, funk.

Taste: Fruity IPA with lots of funk and hop bite. Kiwi, orange, grapefruit. Some barnyardishness going on.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol and funk make it more of a sipper than a sessioner.

Overall: Good stuff. Should appeal to brett people and IPA people.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Not sure how accurate it is to have IPA in the name but it's a damn tasty beer. The beer pours clear. Aroma is huge Brett notes. Citrusy elements from the hops slide in as well but the dynamics elements of the Brett win out. Brett flavors are intense but really clean out on the finish. Awesome beer.

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Photo of Amendm
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle 09/23/18 needed a strong pour to get a half finger of fast dissolving foamy white head with minimal lace.
Pale straw color with small rising bubbles, a slight haze and brightens to yellow in front of light.
Sour candy, grape bubble gum, silage and mild barnyard funk for the nose.
Hop bitterness, tangy apple cider and old wet grass starts the taste as sour and funk invade the semi-sweet malty middle. The flavors from the smell are present. The finish is quick and dry with a funky, hoppy, peppery(the alcohol?) aftertaste.
Light-medium body with hidden carbonation and a smooth creaminess towards the end.
Not as big on funky and sour flavors as Little Brett. This beer has a greater malt and hops presence, it does say IPA on the label (The end of the taste and the feel are IPA like). There is a lot going on here, this beer benefits from warming and sipping like wine.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4/12oz. for $12 IIRC at Grapes and Grains in Barrington, RI. Bottled on 8/23/18.

Medium yellow with a medium white head with not much retention or lacing. Smells like pineapple, scallions, and cat piss. What? Yes, scallions. Weird. Thinnish body carries a bright, lemony, acidic flavor with a grapey finish. A little on the sizzle side feel-wise.

I love Allagash, and this is a well-made beer, but I don’t think it’s a good flavor profile.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle, bottled on 08/23/18... poured into Innis & Gunn fluted goblet - similar glass to the Allagash 'chalice')

L: pale yellow hued liquid, mostly clear, slight haze; finger-high head... lil islands of lace to and fro

S: ridiculously fragrant, from the moment of crown removal - white grapefruit, papaya, hint of kiwi pith - superb degree of crook-sweat Brett, which grows to lead in the balance once the initial hop wave diminishes... can't wait to sip... keeps a good degree of intensity throughout, late faint peppery overtone

T: resinous hop flush first sip, grapefruit pith leading the way and heavy in the aftertaste... soon following the hops, the Brett swirls into the middle of the palate, locking in, combining with the residual hop bitterness to leave a dry, peppery-spicy, grapefruit-papaya essence... the malt is mild, dry, pushed to the back, but does provide delicate cookie-ish support

F: light-bodied but fleecy, crisp, with a luminous shock-tart glow lingering... back and bottom quite dry, but not sharply so - the hum sticking to the roof of the palate... does carry some latent belch, but really just dreamy dryness

O: glad I sprung for a whole 4-pack as I would like some more... want to try their other Brett bottles, but can't seem to find them in close radius to me... they knocked this one outta the park - well done!

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Photo of GregDBoston
2.8/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

What is this? It doesn't know. A sour? I had the Little Brett at the brewery and thought it was hoppier than this, which I took home in a four pack (unfortunately). If you like the idea of cider that a cat has pissed in, this brett's for you.

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Photo of JRed
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly cloudy, bright golden in body with white bubbly head that dissipates. Aroma of lemon skins and hay, grapefruit, brett. Tastes of brett, lemon, hay, grapefruit, some grass and light boozed warmth towards the finish. Medium bodied with active carbonation.

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Photo of 5toutman75
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’m a huge brett fan, so this might be a bit biased positive. Great look and feel for it. Could have used even more funk perhaps. A bit carbonated which I liked too. Don’t miss it and I’m glad it’s not retired!

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw colored pour with a white head. Funky barnyard aroma. Taste is slightly funky and tart with a citrus hop bite. Get some tropical fruit flavors along with yeast/brett.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden, rocky white head. Very tropical and juicy up front. Freshly sliced mango, melon, citrus fruits. Yeasty and bretty with a mild funk. Just the slightest suggestion of tartness. Biscuit/toast. Creamy/airy medium body. Mild funk in the finish. Complementary tropical/mildly funky Brett character to back up the juicy and tropical hopping.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, bottle 07/06/17 (months in the bottle, to let the Brett liven up?)

Medium hazed, dull lemony in color, super fine bubble film and delicate strands of lacing left behind.

Earthy, funky, citric nose.

Delicate, fruity, again earthy, again funky, citric with strong lemon notes, smokey and herbal hops dominate the finish...delicious and highly complex....I enjoyed every sip of the nectar....go get some...

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Photo of gr0g
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, New England style appearance. Kind of a disappointing head. Definite earthy, funky twist in the aroma. The diverse hop bill has both old school C-hops like Cascade and Centennial as well as the likes of Citra and Galaxy. Citrus rind notes complement the earthiness that Brett fermentation brings. Tropical fruit notes are there but muted. The taste is what you'd expect from an IPA, but with nice, ripe stonefruit flavors thanks to the Brett. Peach or apricot comes to mind. Aggressive carbonation as you'd expect from a (partially) wild ale, but not excessively prickly. Very nice interplay between the wild yeast byproducts and hops here.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow. White head
Smell of mango, clementines, an egg nog type smell.
Taste is over ripe mango, clementines, pear, the brett is subtle but adds an acidity and tang to it. Over ripe orange peel. An egg nog flavor in here. Similar to merengue and as it hits room temp, nutmeg oddly enough.
Feel is creamy.

Overall its excellent.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Brewing Co. "Brett IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 07/06/17 15:35" and sampled on 11/06/17
[email protected] Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Very hazy, almost cloudy yellow-orange body that looks almost like orange juice. A short head of creamy white caps it but soon fades to just a collar.
Smell: Orange, tangerine, and pineapple with some light red berry and something "metallic" from the Brett. I also find some light pine, yeast or chalky mineralish character, and mild wet straw. It's bright and refreshing and enticing.
Taste: The flavor follows the aroma and it's sweetish and juicy, and just lightly tart. There doesn't seem to be much bitterness at all, maybe 20 IBUs. I'm finding some peach that I didn't get in the aroma and it's very nicely rounded, particularly being a "Brett IPA" - two things that can often be sharp on their own.
Feel: Light-medium in body and gently crisp with a moderate, fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation.
Overall: Exceptional. It delivers the juicy hop fruitiness of a NE IPA while adding in a bit of Brettanomyces character as well. Interesting and refreshing!

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Photo of mactrail
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is the very embodiment of "sudsy." A frolicking mouthful of carbonation and the crisp, malty, lively taste. Very cloudy but clean tasting. Aroma of grain and the nicest funky note. A fine example of using Brettanomyces yeast.

A whole galaxy of hops are listed, including Amarillo, Bravo, Cascade, Centennial, Citra, and yes, Galaxy. There is some leafy, herbal hop taste but nothing I would identify with any one. But that's how this beer is, complex and tangy, smooth and malty, and finishing with some yeasty taste.

Overall this is delightfully drinkable. I haven't tasted an Allagash brew in a couple of years, not having been impressed with their usual beers, so this is a nice surprise. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up the last one at my work, and very curious to see what will happen here. Oddly, the bottle says to drink fresh. It's been bottled about 3 months before it hit the shelves, so I have no idea how much the brett is taking effect here.

The pour gives a slightly bubbly, quickly dissipating head. The body looks cloudy, and a somewhat pale golden sheen.

Aroma is fruity, but with a noticeable presence of the brettanomyces as well. There is a great balance going on between the two, with tropicl fruit edging out the majority of the nose.

Full on mango/peach/sweet pineapple flavor. A minimal funk is there, setting the beer up for a little bit of a curveball in terms of full-on tropical IPA that you would expect. If anything, it's different.

This feels entirely like an IPA, except with just enough funk that the hops don't "pop." I could be wrong, but I don't get the funkiness I was anticipating here. Still, it's drinkable and inoffensive. I'd wonder what it would be like to give the brett more time, but then what would be going on with the hops?

Decent attempt here. I feel like however you want to approach making a brett IPA, it's going to come out very non-conformist. This one might be playing it safe, sticking to being more of an IPA than a showcase for brett. That's fine, if not as audacious as I would expect.

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Photo of bobv
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields 1/2 inch creamy white head over a hazy yellow body with sticky lacing. Nose of hay, slight funk, slight citrus, and tropical fruit. Nice flavors of fruit, citrus, and slight funk with a very nice and easy bitter finish. Nice feel and overall, a great job from my favorite all-around Maine brewery. Cheers!

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours hazy and yellow much like an New England IPA. The nose is fruity (apricot, peach and some tropical aromas too), with some pine and dank, followed by some sweat-like horseblanket notes from the Brett. The taste is sweet malty upfront, with more fruit coming through and finishes with a relatively tame bitterness. The Brett offers a nice complexity with regard to the taste too. Medium body with little carbonation. A very enjoyable and complex beer.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours murky orange with nice white head that lasts quite a bit leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma - Lots of ripe tropical fruit mango, pineapple and peach. The brett comes out nicely light funk and wet hay.

Taste - More of the same overly ripe tropical fruit combined with a light brett, malt and biscuit.

Feel - Light side of medium well carbonated with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - A really great brett IPA, lots of flavor and very smooth.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It Pours a hazy bright golden color. There is a fluffy two fingers of white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and leaves some scattered lacing behind on the glass as it disappears.

The nose is a lot of citrus and tropical fruits. I'm getting orange, mango, and pineapple. There is a little bit of funk and hay coming through. Also there is a just a little bit of hops and floral notes.

Taste follows the nose pretty well. I'm getting all of the topical and citrus fruit flavors that were present in the smell. There is a good amount of earthy hop flavor and bitterness. Some funk and sourness is coming through from the brett.

This has a nice medium body and goes down easy. There is a good amount of carbonation. A fair amount of hop bitterness is going on, along with a bit of funky sourness. The finish dries out a lot and the hop bitterness lingers.

Overall, I think this is a great IPA. It is a solid IPA, and the brett really adds some interesting flavor depth. The citrus and tropical fruit flavors come through in a big way. The funk and dryness that the brett brings a lot of good balance. The hop profile is very nice with a good amount of bitterness. I recommend trying this one out.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Allagash stemware.

Appearance: Opaque golden yellow bodied beer with 2 full fingers of bone white head. Head drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: Tropical fruits are the main aromatics; huge mango, passion fruit, and guava that smells like juicy/ripe tropical fruit. Hint of tangerines. Hint of fruity brett and Allagash signature house yeast.

Taste: Mild bitterness in this brett IPA thanks to outstanding balance between the hops and malts. Mango and tangerines dominate the hoppy flavor profile. Hints of pineapple, passion fruit, and guavas. Nice fruity brett note. The malt profile adds just the right amount of biscuit / cracker profile; might even be a hint of honey from the malts.

Mouthfeel: medium body with moderate carbonation levels. Creamy carbonation. A light dryness to the finish that slightly increases the perceived bitterness. This beer falls very softly on the palate.

Overall: Allagash continues to quietly make world class beer; even the beers that are made in massive quantity are of extremely high quality. This is one of the best brett IPA's that I have drank in a long time. How Allagash seems to continue to do its thing without having to much hype is confounding to me. This is an underappreciated brewery that many people don't think about often enough and Allagash brett IPA is another beer from Allagash that again proves this fact to me. Highly recommend beer for anyone who enjoys an extremely well balanced brett IPA (almost to the point of perfection) with a near perfectly dialed in mouthfeel.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale golden body was very hazy in appearance, and the head was less than one finger thick. The aroma was citric and tropical with the clementines and mango mentioned on the neck label being very evident. There was just a hint of funk in the nose. The taste was tropical, with guava and papaya being evident in the favors in addition to the citrus flavors. There was a touch of tartness, but this was certainly not a brett driven flavor. The body was medium in density and felt silky smooth. This was a well crafted IPA with just a touch of wildness.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz short bottle into Snifter glass. Bottled on July 6th 2017.

L: Hazy straw yellow, half finger white head recedes quickly.

S: Lots of citrusy hops with some tart bretty aroma.

T: Again a lot of citrusy hops with a light tartness of brettanomyces flavors.

F: Light, crisp, super dry.

O: Meh, not a big fan but definitely a quality beer.

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Brett IPA from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 90 ratings