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Bonfire Farmer Wirtz IPA


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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   IBU: 94   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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With the approach of fall imminent, we wanted a hop-tastic beer to welcome it. A traditional IPA, the Farmer Wirtz uses mostly two-row malt with a bag of pale malt in the mix for color. Using Summit and Columbus hops in generous quantities, we also added 15 lbs of our own fresh hops for the first batch, grown just outside the front door over the last two years. "Farmer" Wirtz, who also happens to brew all the beer, grew and picked the hops that brought this tasty IPA up to 94 IBUs and 7% ABV.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6352) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Can. Head is initially average sized, frothy/creamy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Almost no aroma on this one, which is pretty weird for the style unless this is a fairly old sample (zero bottling/BB info on the can, sadly). Slightly better flavor balance than the Firestarter, but otherwise similar in that it more resembles a DIPA than an IPA...quite sweet and heavy. Similar nice appearance and mouthfeel as the Firestarter as well. If only the aroma showed something this would score higher than that one, but as-is itís pretty much the same, just slightly more enjoyable to drink.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beaver (1342) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2014
12 oz can. Pours hazy copper orange with a medium fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet biscuit malt with floral hops and a little stinky fruit.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts with some fruit and a big grassy bitterness that leaves a harsh tarry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I donít really care for this.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (4577) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Clear goldenish copper with a thin rocky white laceful head. Nose is a little spicy with peppery grassy hops and a touch of celery. Taste is medium-full with a faint yet lively carbonation, with a grassy hop-forward flavor, with a rustic earthy pale malt backbone. A little resinous, not too much. A bit rustic overall, with what taste like sorta-stale hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Pour out of 16 oz can picked up in Avon, dark orange pour with thin but lasting off white head. Aroma brought notes of spice, grass, lots of fresh hop notes but not the dank hops I was looking for, slight caramel, toffee, slight earth in there as well. Taste is a mix of slight grass, spice, and pine hops, hints of orange peel go right into some caramel, toffee, more spice, finishing pretty harshly bitter without a ton of flavor to back it.


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