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Black Forest Belgian Wheat IPA
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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In the 1800s IPA, or India pale ale, got its name from the tradition of British brewers supplying British troops in INdia with a special pale ale made to survive the long voyage. As hops have antimicrobial properties large amounts were added to the brew to prevent spoilage. Our Belgian wheat IPA keeps the tradition of large hop additions yet with 50% wheat in the recipe to soften the flavor. A Belgian yeast strain is then used to give the beer an appropriate fruitiness with a slight spiciness.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 18, 2009
Tap sample at the Brewpub: Hazy, effervescent over carbonated (especially for style) golden. Head retention was weak. Very phenolic aroma- plasticy notes and some restrained hop fruitiness underneath apparent banana esters. Over carbonated on the palate- cuts through the already thin body. Grainy and husky malt notes mesh with a dusty mineral character and plasticy phenolics. Light orange zest hop character comes through. (Note to all brewers: Stop attempting hybrid styles in which you join the distinctive yeast strains of Belgium and heavily hop the potentially pleasant potable with an abundance of U.S. hops)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2009
Tap at the brewpub. Aroma of tons of flowers and some banana. Flavor brings out odd, bitter fruits like mango, melon, pomegranate, hint of hop resin, more banana. Leaves some oddly unpleasant bitterness in the mouth. Smelled pretty good to me, but after that turned into another failed attempt to merge these two styles. Did become more drinkable as it warmed, but also developed an odd fruity character, so I saw no reason to change the score.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilBeerDoctor (3370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy light brown/burnt orange with a nice thick white head. Aroma of citrus hops, hop oils, and a touch of sweet melon. Flavor is a bit odd--smoked/burnt malt notes, Belgian yeast, banana, and acetone. It does grow on you a little, but its rather an odd beer. 7/4/6/3/13 (3.3/5)


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