Brett IPA
Allagash Brewing Company

Brett IPABrett IPA
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American Brett
Ranked #14
Ranked #4,847
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: 33 | Ratings: 94
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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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a nice looking semi-murky pale yet dark yellow almost orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Some filmy lace ran around the sides of the glass nicely.
The aroma centered around a fabulous meshing of grapefruit, mango, clementine orange, tangerine with some sweet spruciness and an ample amount of grassy sweetness. Light hop spice penetrated nicely. Subtle crisp Brett (sour-ed effects) glide on into the whole effect of it all.
The flavor moderately presented a slight sweet mobile sort of taste rolling on into the sour and a faint tart with those previously mentioned aromas of the grapefruit, mango, clementine and tangerine. Sour-ness was there, but somewhat tame flowing on into the aftertaste just as I expected.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair crisp sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. I love how the crisp to sweet sort of "pull" of the Brett doesn't pucker on my tongue, but seemed to allow a nice compensating sort of smooth wet sort of rolling feel along my tongue.
Overall, super damn nice "Brett" IPA pulling in all of the traits of an IPA and a nice faint "sour" to tart sort of effect rolling over my tongue. Would love with some grilled salmon.

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

This one pours a vivid and bright orange, slightly hazy, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like Allagash's absolutely delicious Brett strain- overripe peach skin and sharp grassiness, with grapefruit, and juicy pineapple.

This is really delicious. Allagash always does Brett'd beers very well, but it's interesting to see that they can also do hoppy beers very well. This has lots of pineapple and overripe peach, with some rindiness- it's the flavors I associate with their Brett strain, just amplified by similar flavors coming from the hops. It's really grassy and a bit floral- the bitterness from all the flavors working together is clean, and lingers slightly.

This is medium bodied, and very crisp, with a good level of carbonation.

Allagash continues to be one of the best breweries in the country that nobody really talks about. This is so nice.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dry hopped brett-fermented ale. Pineapple, hay and pine. Cracker malt. The Brett really dried this out. It's a bit earthy. Very short finish. Funky bitterness. drinks light. It's OK.

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