TopTekeUWM (25) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 GABF Taproom. Beer poured a yellow/straw color with a thick white head. Floral and citrusy hops on the nose and in the taste. Mouthfeel was of moderate carbonation and big on hops versus malts. I didn’t get much from the bret.
Ernest (5882) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is mostly lasting.
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers), moderately yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), with notes of gum, band-aid, and manure.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
The Brett is a little rough and too far out in front, but otherwise pretty fun.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a hazy orange body with a small white head. Aroma of leather, floral, citrus, barnyard, and horse blanket. Flavor of brett, hops (floral, herbal, citrus), and caramel malt.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF 2008 @ Avery. This was fantastic. Hazy orange color with a decent amount of head. Hops and a funky faintly citrus barnyard with a sour hint on the aroma. Exceptionally bitter body with the funky brett finish from the 15. This was a great way to start of the festivities at Avery (and for GABF for that matter!).
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Date: 10/10/2008 Sample at Avery tasting room during GABF week. IPA with Brett fermentation in secondary. Aroma was funky hops - no surprise there. Orange golden with small white head. Flavor was a mixture of hops and farmhouse funk. Needed a bit more sourness I think. Folks really into Lambics might like this, but it was a waste of effort on me. 2 points for originality!
Ratman197 (8479) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Avery Tasting room poured a hazy orange with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of barnyard, earthiness, horseblanket, light carmel, lioght leather and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry lightly tart finish. Flavors of carmel, straw, horseblanket, barnyard, earthiness and light pine with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.
3fourths (7523) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2008 GABF week @ Avery. Unfiltered hazy gold color with a white head. Weird funky brett band-aid nose... the brett is the same used in 15th Anniversary, and sorry, I just can’t stand it... not sure if it’s the particular strain or just how Avery uses it, but it really just comes off far too heavy with the band-aid and plastic phenol notes. Old cheese, feet funk... I mean, that sort of stuff is good when you do it right - see Chouffe, Zinnebir and Taras Boulba - but here nearly all of the hop character is gone from the IPA, and it’s just a messy, band-aid heavy mess... smells like your foot after it’s been wrapped in gauze for a week.