The Dry Hopped Streams Well
Garden Path Fermentation

The Dry Hopped Streams WellThe Dry Hopped Streams Well
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,212
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
89
Ranked #23,852
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 3.84%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
11
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The Dry Hopped Streams WellThe Dry Hopped Streams Well
Notes: Light, hoppy ale fermented in an open-top oak foudre, aged in oak and stainless steel, blended with additional barrel-aged beer, and dry-hopped, prior to bottle-conditioning with Skagit Valley blackberry honey from The Valley’s Buzz.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 11
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a moderately hazy, medium straw amber with a fine, one finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of lightly grainy malt, lemon, wild yeast, mixed fruit, a little spicy. Flavor is light grainy malt, bretty yeast, lemon, light grassy hops, fleeting fruit esters. Finishes semi-dry with lemon and grapefruit rind and a mild tartness. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. Since Garden Path specializes with open foudre and wild yeast ales, I've been watching their bottles hoping for something that is not too sour for my palate. I think I chose a good one. A classic dry style saison without the acidic tartness of the tart styles. Flavors are somewhat subdued, except for the yeast, which resembles brett to may taste. A mild to modest citrus tartness in the finish sits well with the yeast and light grainy malt. A nice, light farmhouse ale with touches of grassy hops. This is apparently Batch #2, with an ABV of 4.4; somewhat lower than the original. Drinks like a saison with a higher ABV.

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Photo of mactrail
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a review of the 3rd Edition, dry hopped with Loral and Palisade hops, on tap at the tasting room. I am also sampling a bottle of the 2nd Edition, which has Loral only. I think I like the 3rd better. This is described at "Foudre-fermented farhouse ale."

Pours a clear golden yellow with plenty of foam in the chalice. Tangy and sudsy mouthfeel. Aroma is intense fruit and flowers. Green melon and fermenting pineapple in the nose. Even more fresh hay as you sip. Smooth wheaty cereal taste with a nice touch of malty sweetness. A little oaky wood flavor and a dry finish.

The mouthfeel is lush and sudsy, tingly but refined. Overall an outstanding fragrant saidon-style beer that's more subtle and hoppy than the usual Belgian yeast bombs.

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Photo of beertunes
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in nonic. Poured a lightly hazy light straw color with an inch of white head that had very good retention and lacing. The aroma was nicely tart of the gentle grain base, and the funk was gentle and intriguing. Same on the tongue, just way more better developed and defined. The body was smooth, even, and had an extremely dry finish. Drinkability was very good, I could easily drink more of this. Overall, an excellent brew. An absolute must try.

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Photo of WA_Brian
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass at 56°F. Bottled on July 18th, 2018 which is also marked as first edition.

L: Pours a crystal clear straw color with an absolutely huge white head that lasts forever like many Belgian ales. There is a huge rush of bubbles visible due to the clarity of the beer which is like watching a glass of Champagne. My memory of having this on tap at the brewery was a hazy beer, but from the bottle this is crystal clear.

S: Flowers, a bit of peppery spice like you would expect from a saison. Being a blend of younger and more mature beer, I expected some funk but I'm not picking any up.

T: This is mild to say the least. It almost evaporates in your mouth. Unfortunately, that makes it much harder to pick out the flavors. It's a bit on the sweeter side but there is a very long grassy finish to it. Tastes a bit floral like elderflower.

F: Incredibly soft like drinking air. Light bodied, high carbonation, dry finish.

O: This is a tough one. They nailed the soft, delicate beer feel but the taste is incredibly subdued. There is nothing objectively wrong with what's there, but I am certainly left wanting a lot more.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

its cool that all these beers are keg conditioned with honey, but this one, despite its low abv, is decidedly less delicate than some of the others have been. the hops are more bitter than i feel like the should be for a dry hopped thing, and although it has a nice crispness and clean thing to it, the intensity of the hops seems just a bit high for some of the elements here, especially the delicate funk. still though, its pretty close to awesome, with cool floral notes of rose petal and elderflower to it, as well as a lot of wet dank farmy funk. shiny in the glass, heady from the tap, and a bright beer overall. i get a ton of white wine to this, a sauv blanc profile, with some orchard fruits and flowers in it, the honey has no sweetness at all but still some character, and an herbaceous thing from the hops before the bitterness sets in. lightly tart, effervescent, and very good. id like to try this in a bottle with a little more controlled conditioning, but its cool beer, they all have been from these guys so far, and the plethora of their stuff around the colorado market the last few weeks has been a lot of fun. i hope it keeps up!

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The Dry Hopped Streams Well from Garden Path Fermentation
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 11 ratings