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The Commons Urban Farmhouse Ale

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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Urban Farmhouse Ale (previously known as B-side) is a light , crisp and refreshing farmhouse ale. Golden to light orange in color with a floral nose and a dry finish. Urban Farmhouse Ale is brewed with three base malts: Organic Pilsner, Organic 2-row and Rye.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8240) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours cloudy gold white head. Nose and taste of pear, lemongrass, saison yeast, coriander and citrus bread. Medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Sampled March 2014

A careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger thick, including an additional two-fingers above the rim of my glass, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pale honey color that shows a lightly hazed, pale golden hue when held up to the light. The aroma is a nice mix of fruity fermentation notes, dried, grassy, pale grain notes, and a touch of musty and spicy fermentation character. Specific notes of pears, floral apples, a touch of melon character, some spicy pink ginger like notes, a musty / woody pepper character, and actually just a musty lumber like woody note, as well as an ample floral character that leans towards a dried field of wild-flowers and flowered weeds.

Ample fruit flavors contribute a perceived sweetness that tastes of pears and flower nectar predominantly, but touches on notes of cider, and floral dry white wine notes. The finish has a bit of peppery spiciness and a light carbonic bite to it, though the fruitiness lingers through to the long finish. In the middle and finish there is a woodiness that is wrapped up in the pepper character, perhaps a touch of ginger, and some chamomile like character that ends up being supporting, but fairly pervasive. The body of this beer is really quite light, but it somehow still manages to have a velvety texture to it somehow; this beer is downright quaffable and a bottle of this will disappear quite a bit faster than I might have expected. There is a hint of tartness to this that helps to play up the fruit character.

This is a really nice beer, it could use a bit more sharpness, spiciness, or something to balance out the dominant fruit / floral notes from the fermentation character. I am a sucker for these types of beers though, and this is pretty well done.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewBoxer (1982) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle pour at torst in greenpoint Brooklyn. Pours a light yellow color with a yeasty wheaty flavor. Very saisonish. Decent

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7978) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2014
2012: bottle-conditioned 750ml.
hazed gold with a soft white head.
banana and tropical ester nose.
silky and creamy natural carbonation.
yeasty texture.
chalky and pasty.
mildly acidic and husky.
dry and fruity.
freshly rustic. 6/4/6/4/13 - 3.3

2014: Hazed gold with a billowy, lasting white head. Malt is honey-ish, yeast is strongly phenolic (salt and pepper, graphite), clove-like, a little floral, lemon-y, herbal. Medium body, fruity (pear, apple, peach) in the mouth, sweet, medium acidity and low bitterness. Nicely carbonic / acidic against the sugar. A little pasty / starchy in the finish with mild brown apple notes. 7/4/7/4/14 - 3.6

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
markpseg (11) - - JUL 24, 2014
Nice nose & color but utterly lacking in depth. Painfully thin. Somewhat abrupt finish. Peak of summer consumption only.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Experiment_Ale (1003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2014
At The Commons wih Taylor; Stephen, and Taylor. Pours yellow hazy. Aroma is farmhouse barnyard, phenolic. Taste is dry some hay wheat notes, phenolic fruity. Not bad but a little phenolic for my taste. Some honey, doughy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6199) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Draft at APEX. Head is small, mostly diminishing. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of spearmint gum, banana, pepper. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation. Darn good, actually...I passed this by in bottles a few times and decided to give ’er a whirl on draft and am glad I did. Much more hyped breweries fail miserably at this style all too often, but these guys kept this one mostly in-style and didn’t screw it up with any goofy adjuncts. There’s more banana ester than I prefer in this style, but there’s a nice spicy-herbal-peppery component that makes it fairly nice to sniff. Low ABV and the finish is delightfully dry, so it’s quite quaffable. It’s Americanized for the most part, but you can do so, so, so much worse in this genre, so I applaud the effort.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle, 06/29/2014. Pale golden pour, huge rocky head dies slowly, copious lacing. Aroma is mildly sweet cereal grains, nice round citrus, lemon zest, dusty yeast character, some white pepper. Taste is straw malts, mild sweetness, lemon tartness, herbal grassy notes, pepper, again quite yeasty. Light body, sharp carbonation. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vulcanmeister (196) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2014
On tap at the Eastern Oregon Beer Festival. Pours pale yellow brew with small white head. Aroma malt, spice, grass. Flavor is floral, slightly spicy, dry with a nice bite. Thin body but lots of carbonation. Very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (1878) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 17, 2014
750 ml bottle from Lifesource Natural Grocers in Salem. $8.99 Pours a slightly hazed golden colour with a large thick and rocky white head. Nice carbonation strings rising. Fine yeasty, leafy, slightly earthy pepper aromas.Some lemon zest too. Taste is slightly more sweeter than anticipated but mostly peppery, yeasty ,plum goodness..slight bitterness in end. LIked the mouth feel on this one..soft but plentiful carbonation and a great dry finish. Very nice beer..one for the summer.


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