Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle compliments of Cliff
Thanks to Cliff for sharing this near the end of a great tasting. Despite my palate wearing down I greatly enjoyed this amazing IPA with a Pennsylvania touch. If Bullfrog were more accessible I would be trying to get my hands on as many of their beers as I could. Should I ever make the drive out that way I am definitely detouring for a stop and to fill the car with hidden gems.
Aroma / Appearance - The white bubbly head was soft and delicate above a bronze hazy body. Smelling like your standard summer IPA this also had a dryness like a solid Ommegang or Jolly Pumpkin sour. It was not tart like a lambic but more like fresh straw or bread yeast.
Flavor / Palate - Tart and wheaty this instantly cooled the tongue and throat. The palate gets tricked into thinking it is a straightforward IPA until a yeasty finish throws it for a loop. The total experience is not unlike a liquid version of Febreeze dryer sheets with a hoppy resiny aftertaste. If this were less than two hours away I would be there the second I had a free afternoon.
zdk (1832) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by Puzzl - Iím almost surprised at how well this beer works. Nice bretty arouma, orangey yellow pour and thin white head. Hoppy, floral and dry. Caramel and brett mixes nicely with the grassy hops. Finishes tart and a bit puckering, which I donít like so much. Lots of citrus and orange flavors in there.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from MrChopin. This is a really weird combination of flavors; the aroma works, it hits with a strong, fruity hop presence up front complimented with a minorly bretty, lemon, and sweat. It works in the aroma, but the flavor is a bit of a mess ó very dank, passionfruit, body odor, with an unpleasant dryness that just doesnít compliment the sweaty hoppiness at all. A fun, drinkable experiment, but not something Iíd particularly want to revisit.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A sharp IPA with plenty of brett. Surprisingly cohesive and very good.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed fresh about 3 months after the beer release. Sent to me by my Bullfrog hookup MrChopin. Thanks a lot Kevin
The look: Cloudy golden blonde body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention
In long: Nose is very bretty and very fruity (oranges, tropical fruits). Taste is surprisingly cohesive. Itís not the first time that a beer attempts to blend brett and bitter hops but the few ones I had so far felt like a clash of styles more than anything. Lots of brett. Hops are grassy, herbal and fruity. Yellow dry grass, grapefruits, green tea leafs. Tropical fruits. Dry orange peels. A spicy sensation. The bitterness is sharp and thereís a light acidity that makes it even more sharp. Finish is quite dry. Brett and IPAs are two things I love but until now I was never convinced by any attempt to blend both. Well, this beer proves that it can be done. But Iím still waiting for an action packed science fiction movie starring horny midgets going at it.
MrsUghsmash (24) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orangey and a bit cloudy. Smells like citrus and furniture polish and manure. Tastes bitter, with orange on the end and a bit of sweetness to it. Pretty good overall.
Ughsmash (7369) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle. Poured hazy medium golden with a well-retained beige head. The Brett struck me first in the aroma, imparting dank cellary notes, cherry dust, and earth.. French oak came second.. the IPA character trailed with sweet caramel under pine needles and orange zest.. balance was skewed a bit toward the Brett, but it was very, very intriguing. The flavor opened with oranges and fresh oak, followed closely by funky Brett, cherry dust, and pine bitterness.. sweet caramel at the core.. pine and orange bitterness fight for position with the Brett on the edges and finish.. tasty stuff. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. bitterness was higher than expected considering this probably sat for a while before bottling.. balance was alright. Iíd drink this again.
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
25 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark copper body with a one inch frothy off-white head that faded to a thin film. Nice delicate lacing. Awesome nose, the brett is in the fore with some delicate floral and muted citrusy hops. It smells so delicate and floral, and yet itís very intense and dense. Funky and delicious, it does the style well. The flavor balances the funk and the IPA pretty well. Nicely funky, especially on the finish, where it lingers on for a good long time. Very floral and perfumy. Mouthfeel is dry and pretty crisp on the back end with fine fizzy carbonation. Pretty good beer, I liked it better than most brett IPAs like Victory Wild Devil.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazed murky orange with a medium head. Aroma is brett funk- some farmhouse, horsey, with plastic hose, and off phenols mixed with some earthy green leafy hops, some citrus orange peel, and yeasty doughy notes. Flavor is citrus hops, lots of orange and some pine and earth, zesty spicy brett character, a bit meaty and butyric, yeasty, toasted malts, light caramel, moderate bitter finish with some salty funk in the end. Not bad- funked out to a somewhat new unique level.
hopdog (9856) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml caged and corked bottle. Thanks Josh for sharing. Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of fukiness, brett, earthy, leather, floral, and citrus. Tastes of the same funk, floral, citrus, pine, and brett. This one was very nice.
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Josh for sharing. Pours a hazy orange amber with a medium bubbly off white head. Nice brett aroma up front, floral, mango, earthy and orange. Flavor of bretty barnyard notes up front, floral nice aggresive hop bitterness, pine, grapefruit. Reminds me of an aggresively hopped Wild Devil.