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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett Green (WWBG)

 (RETIRED)
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91
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Formerly brewed at Crooked Stave
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Denver, Colorado USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Wild Wild Brett is a series of R&D beers created to showcase the versatility of Brettanomyces, a yeast found naturally all over the world. Historically considered ”wild yeast”, Brett is responsible for 100% of the fermentation in the bottle you hold. Green, the fourth installment of this series is our nod to absurdly hopped beers. Showcasing the Australian Galaxy hop, W.W.B.G. uses 4 lbs of hops per barrel with dank tropical fruit hop characteristics dominating the flavor and aroma.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2693) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Pours thick cloudy lemon with a deep pink hue. The aroma has fresh wild yeast notes and notes of citrus hops. The flavor has plenty of Brett flavor going on for being released a month ago. The wild yeast flavor sets on strong as the IPA settles and complements it with the bitter hops binging strong flavors on the palate. Citrus bitter grapefruit are dominant over nice Brett notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2012
The pour is a hazy, orangey, golden color with a moderately full, white, creamy, pillowy head which settles to a rocky, creamy layer and leaves thick, scattered lace. The nose is potent with leafy notes, lightly piney, slightly resinous, faint toasted caramel, lychee, and some kiwi. The flavor is simlar with tropical notes of kiwi and lychee, slightly funky, lime-like citrus from the brett, still lightly resinous, leafy, piney. The palate is medium, soft to lively, velvety, and drying. The finish is still lime citrus, drying, kiwi, and a leafy bitterness. The bitterness is moderately high and the acidity is delicate but moderate. The galaxy hops are certainly unique and fitting with the addition of brett. The brett adds just enough acidity to add to the complexity without becoming off-putting. This series has changed my thoughts on how brett beers can be; they are never hard to drink, the acidity is never overwhelming, and the additions to the beer are always complementary to the beer. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2012
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2012
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5073) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2012
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2012
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1342) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2012
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlexK (15) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2012
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2012
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (10220) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2012
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!


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