Brett IPA
Allagash Brewing Company

Brett IPABrett IPA
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American Brett
Ranked #14
Ranked #4,864
4.12 | pDev: 8.5%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Brett IPABrett IPA
Notes: 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.
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Reviews by LeRose:
Photo of LeRose
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a minimal fizzy head that is persistent to the end.

On the nose there is citrus and tropical fruit. More orange, some mango, and pineapple as the beer warms up. It does smell a little sweet like caramel. Minimal hops aroma, but there are some floral and grassy notes in the smell. Pleasant smelling beer.

The taste is excellent. Mild malt presence with a little wheat tang to it. Mostly fruit flavors - pineapple emerges, but there is mango, and orange as well. It's almost like a tropical fruit salad. The brett flavors keep things under control - balances out the sweetness and keeps this from becoming a fruit juice clone. Mildly sour, definitely has the funk of Brett right up front. Minimally bitter.

The feel is light, but it is smooth and the beer has some "texture" to it - not chewy and not thick, but it has a presence. The carbonation is somewhat on the lighter side, but lively enough to keep the beer interesting. Mild tropical fruit after-taste and a very slight numbing effect. Overall, the feel is soft and pleasant.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer to drink. There are multiple layers of flavors, yet they are relatively easy to identify. They also do not clash, and the brett gives a suitably strong foundation to carry what could otherwise be too much of a fruit juice type beer. The brewery description is pretty accurate for this one - it delivers what they say it will. Recommended.

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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 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 polloenfuego
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy pale gold with about a thumb's worth of head. Upon break there are little islands of bubbles and foam, but little else. The smell is funky citrus and some tropical. The taste is nice with the Brett really leading the charge. You get that and the tropicals working together. There are also some light malts noticable. The feel is light and smooth with a nice carbonation that makes this an easy to drink beer.

Overall, another fine beer from Allagash. These guys get beer, and it shows in examples like this.

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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 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 Budlum
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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 IgnatiusReilly
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Little fizzy head, murky blond color

Nose little funk tropical Brett, big pineapple, grapefruit hops, citrus, big mango, little sweet malt, candy

Taste some creamy malt, wheat maybe, nice big tropical fruit, pineapple funk Brett C, grapefruit citrus hops, grassy floral, juicy tropical fruit hops, fair bitterness

Mouth is med to light bod, decent but other carb,

Overall quite enjoyable

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

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 liquorpig
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 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 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 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 smutty33
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 sendbeer
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rudzud
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden straw hue with a little white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of light oranges, mango, tropical, super aromatic brett c. Pineapples. Peaches. Really really aromatic.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice light oranges, good mango, the brett c is quite nice and flavour forward.

M - Mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated.

O - Overall this was a rather solid brett ipa. Very refreshing.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Novare

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Brett IPA from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 94 ratings