Willimantic Partee Phunk | Willimantic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Willimantic Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by sulldaddy on 05-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by sulldaddy:
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4.12/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this brew during a recent lunch visit to the pub.
The beer is the 2nd runnings of the barleywine, the mash was allowed to sour so I called it a wild ale. No additives from conversation with Dave Wollner.
The beer arrives in a pint glass and exudes a slightly hazy orange-gold hue. Little to no head on the surface.
Aroma is light citrusy hops and a little funky sour tang, not a very robust nose, but certainly makes me curious about tasting the beer.
First sip reveals an average body with smooth texture and gentle rolling carbonation.
Flavor is some caramel malt and then a bit of tart flavor with a grainy finish. Not overwhelmingly sour, but definitely a little on the tart side, mild allows other flavors to shine through.
No real hops that I pull out of the flavor profile, ABV is well hidden too. A nice interesting brew that goes down easy with lunch, would be nice and refreshing on a porch during a hot sunny day.
Another well made beer from Willibrew!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of semicharmedkind
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.64/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 4/3/2010. On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of feces, sour funk, old socks, manure, and vomit tinged with alcohol. Yeah, it smelled pretty bad. Flavor of sour malt, old diaper, milk, and some sweet malt. Very funky, certainly, but not very tasty. A failed experiment in my book.

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Photo of Pahn
3.97/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

On tap at the Willimantic Brewing Company.

Appearance: My sample glass had a one inch, fluffy white head that left a big ring of lacing after I downed the little glass. The waitress didn't leave any head on the actual glass, and there was no lacing either from the possibly previously existing head, nor from the beer itself. The beer is a rather unattractive murky amber that looks like it might have some greenish hues. Looked more like dirty water than beer, but not really *that* bad.

Smell: That nice, sweet, cookies and cream smell I get from a lot of Willibrew beers, but not much else. Smell was also rather faint.

Taste: First sip brings a mild tartness that slowly transitions to a big, bready aftertaste. The slight sour/tart character stays present throughout each sip. Eventually, that cookies and cream note from the nose pops up in the flavor and sticks around, bringing with it some nice malty flavors. The breadiness subsides quite a bit, however.

Paired with Willibrew's mild but tasty spinach and artichoke dip, the tartness and breadiness become more explosive, and some nice funk comes out to validate the name.

This is a hard one to grade. I'm quite fond of the taste, but is it a successful wild ale? The influence of souring the mash is not the star of this beer. At the same time, it's really more of a genre bender than a wild ale, and as a paradoxical mix of mild, pleasant, solidly crafted ale with an American wild, it really works. It's nowhere near deep enough to be an interesting sour, but it's finely balanced and delicious.

I'll err on the side of generosity for this score, because I don't think this beer is pretending to be Supplication in the first place. The other reviewer of this beer before me got it right; this is a beer to sit with on a porch on a hot summer's day, or enjoy paired with some light food. It's not trying to kick your ass, but it's a good flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bland. On the lightest side of medium bodied, with nice, moderate carbonation and minimal puckering. A bit watery. Unimpressive.

Drinkability: Excellent. Everything is in balance, and the flavors stay vibrant, especially when paired with light food.

This beer definitely has its flaws, but overall I found it to be quite impressive.

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Willimantic Partee Phunk from Willimantic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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