The Garden Paths Led to Flowered | Garden Path Fermentation

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4.06/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Garden Path Fermentation
Washington, United States
gardenpathwa.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hoppy blonde ale fermented with native yeast in an open foudre.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
9
pDev:
5.67%
 
 
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 9
Photo of ChipChaight
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the Rare Beer Club. Pours an opaque pale gold with fluffy large-bubbled two fingered white head that stays, excellent lacing, smell is peppery grassy funk with a hint of doughy sweet yeast and wet hay, taste is rose/elderflower with a grassy bitterness that transitions into a floral pollen with a very slight hint of honey. This beer is medium bodied and well carbonated. Name is appropriate and delicious.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Packaged 6/29/18.

Appearance: lightly hazy, light yellow hue with a finger of frothy white foam atop. A rustic-looking beer.

Smell: light, slightly sweet, with an almost chalky, smooth character; hops are light and slightly fruity in character. It's subtle, but it really appeals to me.

Taste: ah, there's the wild yeast. Definitely a different character than the aroma, with some funk and a bit of Brett-like element to it. There's some of that subtle chalky smoothness in the middle, with a sharper wild finish at the end. This has a very wild-farmhouse character to it; I dig it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, smooth creaminess.

Overall: there's no fuss with this beer; it's just a straightforward, wild-yeast farmhouse ale. Rustic and enjoyable. This would be outstanding with some hard cheese.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i really like the blonde ale/wild saison hybrid, this just my second beer from these guys but very impressive, nicely bottle conditioned to dry and effervescent, a very pale and active brew. i didnt really find it to be all that hoppy, a subtle, dry hopped type profile but not bitter at all or not out of balance even a little bit. it might be the name playing tricks on me, but i do get some floral aspects to this, like a flowery honey thats mostly fermented out but retains a springtime vibe and delicate nature. simple grist, light body, really all seemingly a set up to showcase the yeast, which is the most forward element in this, more bretty than acidic, but elements of both for sure, and not overly developed or mature or wood heavy here at all, it tastes fresh and rather distinctive, a cool mix here that im sure will age well. i like the high drinkability, liveliness, and simplistic nature of this, i coul drink several glasses of this one, not too sour or anything. great stuff, maybe even better than their raspberry that i had recently. i would buy this if i saw it around...

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is the first bottled beer from this brewery and very promising. It's "fermented with native Skagit Valley yeast in an open foudre, blended with oak-matured beer, dry-hopped, and naturally conditioned with Skagit blackberry honey."

There's a slight haze in the amber brew with plenty of white foam in the Het Kapittel chalice. Light, frothy body. Aroma of wet woods and herbal hops. Dry and yeasty with a distinct taste like Brettanomyces. Faint honey taste but not sweet.

Tangy but not sour. Really interesting fruity tang with an overly enthusiastic mix of hops for a very bitter finish. Some pencil shavings in the aftertaste, graphite and all. From the 750 ml capped (thank you) bottle purchased at the brewery tasting room by the Skagit Airport, close to Chuckanut's brewery.

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The Garden Paths Led to Flowered from Garden Path Fermentation
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 9 ratings