3fourths (7520) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2013 bottle. hazed amber with a fine-bubbled off-white head. lively and invigorating hop nose (the citrus / passionfruit character of the galaxy is quite evident) with noticeable perfume / floral must and only a mild hint of brettanomyces (slightly waxy, musty and band-aid like). prickly and buzzing high hop acid creates an extremely quaffable and refreshing experience. silky, soft, creamy texture late with an enjoyable lingering green kiwi / lime / passionfruit / pineapple note.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml. Man, i can’t get enough of this beer. Pours cloudy orange, totally unfiltered, large lacy white head, very attractive brew. Nose is bright tropical fruit hop, very clean and bright single hop aroma (Galaxy). Brett lends a subtle horsey background and complements clean hops extraordinarily well, smells unlike every IPA i’ve had. Taste is clean tropical fruit hop upfront with light funk in aftertaste.
Overall: probably my favorite of the WWB series, though the orange and yellow are phenomenal as well. Will be interested to see how brett affects bright hop character with some age, Chad said he expects it to preserve hop character longer. Regardless of how the Green with age, it is the best of the series fresh out of the bottle. Buy em while you can.
Strykzone (4196) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. A big big head. Murky light brown. Hops in the nose have a bite and are nice. Light fruit. Not a lot of funk or wild flavor. Rye leads. Some darker fruit. Malts. Just ok.
TAR (2378) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 12/2011: Burnished orange. Tightly packed froth deposits intricate lacework on the glass. Complex and intriguing hop aromas of lychee, orange pith, pinewood, apricot jam, grass clippings, and grape bubblegum. Pleasant traces of lilac, cantaloupe, tangerine and mango beneath. Dab of frosted vanilla cake shyly exudes. Soft and snug carbonation. Airy and surprisingly light in weight from the get-go, with a captivatingly explosive hoppiness. Dry dusting of malt is appropriately subdued, which paves the way for a graceful unraveling of hop flavors ranging from a spicy scallion and poignant grassiness to softer and more elegant notions of kumquat, white peach and passionfruit. Despite the insane display of finesse, the hops possess an enamel-stripping oiliness which, amazingly enough, is accompanied by merely a scratch of bitterness. Eminently quaffable, as a result. An appetizing splash of sparkling tangerine-juice acids only adds to the drinkability as it imparts lift as well as liveliness. Malt generates a dainty pecan skin edge which adds a wonderfully refined contrast. Not remotely a trace of caramel or residual sugar looming in the depths, thankfully, as the hops continue to strut their luster. Closes with an ongoing hoppy extravagance, layered ever so finely with a dash of spiciness coupled a tangy and springy "fresh grass" quality entwined with a resonant medley of succulent tropical fruits. Mystifyingly enough, brettanomyces is apparently responsible for 100% of the fermentation, yet there is not a trace of phenolics or byproducts of brett (there IS a rounded tartness here, but that is 100% hop-derived). The yeast is profoundly neutral...and no complaints here for this needs no bells and whistles. If you enjoy your IPAs on the dry and finessed side of the spectrum with superabundant hop flavor and detailed nuance, rather than the kitchen-sink approach (caramel, grapefruit and pine-sol, anyone?!) which we so commonly see in the States, then this’ll delight to no end.
Beaver (1160) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Batch 12/2011. Bottle 949/1368. Pours a hazy dark golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is some earthy spicy brett and tropical fruits with lots of resiny piney hops.
The flavor is sweet bready malts and lots of tropical fruits (as it warms) with a little brett twang followed by a big resiny piney hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, a solid IPA with some subtle brett notes.
AlexK (15) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A killer aroma and one of the most unique beers I’ve tasted in a long time. The Galaxy hops offer incredible tropical fruit notes to this brew’s outstanding aroma. The brett sourness is nicely understated, which is quickly becoming a hallmark of Crooked Stave. My favorite of the series so far.
adnielsen (7573) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. WWBG pours a hazy, brownish orange appearance with a big, cream colored head with good lacing and fairly long duration. Really a rich earthy, moderately citrusy hoppy nose with quite a bit of tart tropical fruit notes like pineapple, passionfruit, and mango. Just a touch tart, big earthy/citrusy hoppy, a touch toasty, sweet pale malty flavor again with notes of tangerine, pineapple, mango, and passionfruit. Really does a nice job of combining the fruit notes with the moderate hoppiness. Again, this baby is bursting with flavor; it’s more like a subdued, delicate tastiness.
Ratman197 (8471) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle poured a hazy gold with a lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of straw, tropical fruit, tangerine, pineapple, light pine and light barnyard. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, earthiness, tangerine, tropical fruit, light barnyard and a hint of pine with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering fruity finish. Best of the WWB Series so far in my opinion!
joeneugs (2575) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle thanks to brewthusiast. It pours a hazy orange color with a very nice tall white head. The aroma is mostly tropical fruit with a little orange and pine and the slightest hint of wild yeast. The flavor kind of messy with tropical fruit, apricots some pepper and hints of plastic and alcohol before a bitter finish. Not sour in the slightest.