Kiwi's Playhouse
Brooklyn Brewery

Kiwi's PlayhouseKiwi's Playhouse
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Style:
American Wild Ale
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 7.21%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
16
From:
Brooklyn Brewery
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
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SCORE
90
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Kiwi's PlayhouseKiwi's Playhouse
Notes: Kettle Sour aged in a mix of oak barrels and red wine barrels with fresh kiwis
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 16 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Q2 2017; Opened 12/2019

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Kiwi, tartness, lots of Brett, oak, general tropical fruit

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the tartness and kiwi and then slowly picks up some barnyard and oak. Good mix of tart and fruity. Finishes with lingering kiwi and oak

M: Medium bodied with very lively carbonation. Remains on the smoother side

O: A very interesting and unique oak-aged sour. Very well balanced and quite drinkable for what it is. Drinking very well, even after 2+ years

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Photo of KTCamm
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2/15/19....medium copper, somewhat dark hints at orange. Fast fizzing foam dies out. Mostly malty nose w/ slight fruits, very faint. Sour taste, heavy at first. Bubbles. Hints of kiwi heavy rinds. Yeasty, pretty good. Not sure I'd buy again.

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Photo of scootny
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A snappy, crackling, tight, frothy head rises up and fades quickly, leaving little lacing, but presenting a beautiful liquid and lively carbonation rising up from the bottom of my glass. Ever so lightly cloudy, the light diffuses in a glowing golden warmth, creating a striking and attractive brew.

The nose is a winner. Oak, leather, melon, lemon and lime. Wheat malt, pilsner, crackers and juicy notes of kiwi and faint tropicals. Some vanilla. A light peppery edge on top of light white grapes and apples. Some mild wine and mustiness.

Taste is a delight. Oak and tannin like dryness serve up a tart soureness. Faint vanilla notes coat the body and deliver kiwi and lime with a sharp, lightly chalky bitterness. The swallow is very clean and dry with lots of light fruits lingering. Apples and pears, more kiwi and drops of cantaloupe. Light malt sweetness as well. Great acidity and notes of the red wine barrels mix perfectly with the kiwi to bring a real balance soureness and delicately presented fruit.

The feel is lively, with joyful effervescence filling my mouth and making for a refreshing and quaffable drink. Surprisingly light for such s strong beer it nevertheless has enough weight to keep it from being like water. I just love the easy way it drinks and if I had another bottle I'd go through it for the sheer pleasure it feels in my mouth.

This is a superb beer all around and I'll be stocking up on a few for this summer. It makes for a great barbeque and summer refresher as well as a sophisticated addition to an haute cuisine meal.

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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/5/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas big juicy kiwis, tart lemon, lime, orange, green apple, mango, melon, white grape, pineapple, strawberry, cranberry, red wine, oak, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, white pepper, leathery/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of kiwis, fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, red wine barrels, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy kiwis, tart lemon, lime, orange, green apple, mango, melon, white grape, pineapple, strawberry, cranberry, red wine, oak, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, white pepper, leathery/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and yeast/wine/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of kiwis, tart lemon, lime, orange, green apple, mango, melon, white grape, pineapple, strawberry, cranberry, red wine, oak, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, cracker, pepper, light vanilla/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of kiwis, fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, red wine barrels, and pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Very crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tart/spiciness, fruit tang, and carbonation. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is amazing. Zero warming alcohol for 8.1%. Overall this is an incredible fruited sour/wild ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of kiwis, fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, red wine barrels, and pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink; with the mellowly tart/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Perfectly balanced kiwis, Brett complexity, wine barrels, and wheat/pale malts; never overly sour or lactic, making the drinkability insane for the ABV. A really amazing offering.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a red wine barrel sour with kiwi fruits in it. kiwi is such a hard flavor to get to come through a beer, it really is, and more often than not, its lost to other flavors, especially in wild ale, but this is a great example of it holding up on its own in one of these, really nicely done hereby brooklyn, who keeps impressing me over and over and over again with whatever they make, no matter the style. the sourness here is moderate, citrusy and relatively clean, which i think is smart, it doesnt overtake the kiwi, pull it into a funk fest, or completely obliterate it with acidity, although there is a pucker and a light oaky funkiness to this, its all in just the right proportion to flatter the fruit. it almost tastes and feels like a thicker berliner style, that kind of crisp lactic pucker and wheaty groundwork. the fruit is juicy and fresh, and picks up a light hop note in here. the red wine barrels contribute a lot, oak tannins, black cherry, even a white cranberry sort of tang, really pleasant barrel treatment, in line with the rest of whats going on. wonderful carbonation from the tap too, this is a spunky little beer! everything from these guys lately has been both unique and superbly well done. keep it up brooklyn, you are killing it!

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4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Who knew that kiwi, sour ale & wine barrels could get along so well? Well, the brewers at Brooklyn Brewery did as they build a playhouse where these guys can mingle, meld and treat the sour beer lover with as much succulence as acidity.

Kiwi's Playhouse pours a bright golden color with only a hint of haze. It fast rising, but fast fading froth leaves a trail of tropical, tangy and succulent fruit behind, along with the beer's natural scent of cider, white wine, lemon and lime. Sweeter than typical kettle soured ale, the taste of honey, fructose and simple syrups give the beer its unique succulence.

As the ale rolls across the middle palate, its sweetness, sourdough and effervescence retreats and the pang of sourness builds in. Citrusy with those lemon and lime characteristics pull from the nose and entice the tastebuds along with white grapefruit and more tropical tastes of gooseberry, passionfruit and white plum. But the star of the show is the kiwi that brings its bright, stem ripened juiciness along with the green spices and tanginess of white grape and green apple. The red wine barrels bring a slight robustness to the taste and also highlight's the beer's natural wine-like acidity.

Medium bodied for a sour ale, the beer trails with the undeniable charm of kiwi. Lightly briny and with a gently rolling must, the ale's after palate is one of dry burlap, hay and cork. Lightly spicy with white pepper and soft oak offers a cashew finish for balance and roundness that the palate appreciates from sip to finish.

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Kiwi's Playhouse from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 16 ratings