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RATINGS: 593   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ale brewed with Galaxy hops, coriander, kumquats, and peppercorns. Fermented and aged in French oak foudres with a wit yeast. Dry hopped with Galaxy hops. Bottle conditioned with brettanomyces and wine yeast. Drink fresh or age to bring out the funk.

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichTheVillan (7526) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; Pour a cloudy straw yellow with loads of carbonation and a really lively head, aroma of tropical hops with a massive fuck, wow this has a sour taste that overwhelms most of the hop presense, has a taste of metal which must be the brett. Bit dissapointed with this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7945) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2012
750, corked and baled. Pours a cloudy pale gold, kind of wit-like. Fizzy white head that goes away. Big spicy, peppery, dimensional nose. White pepper, some wood, fruit-skin notes. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Pepper, oak, minerals, citric tang on the mid palate. Big dry white pepper finish. Lots of breweries get essentially this same effect--same aroma profile, same flavor profile--simply by using saison yeast and making a saison. This is a really nice one, but it seems like a lot of extra steps to go through to replicate the effects of a beautiful yeast strain. Especially since you can still get that yeast strain anytime, its not like its extinct or embargoed or anything. But, still, hey--great beer. Whats not to like?

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 7, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2012 Pours a cloudy straw with a puffy white head. Aroma is citrus, apple, wheat, and some other light fruity notes. Medium bodied, high carbonation. Flavours up front is yeast and wheat and that fades into a citrusy blend with coriander and spice and finishes with a spicy, herbal bitterness. The problem I have with these "white ipas" is theyre usually more "White" than IPA, so I dont think they fit in the IPA category. And theyre becoming more and more popular. That being said, this beer is very well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13303) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2012
750 mL bottle. Pours a hazy yellow color with a large foamy white head. Gusher. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of mild funk, lots of fruits including melon, apple, lemon, strawberry and soft wheat notes. The taste is wheat, lemongrass, apple and a soft lingering coriander note. Herbal hops as well. Medium bodied. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4952) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow with a huge carbonated white head. Aroma is big bold hops, coriander and light funk. Taste is a blast to the palate with strong hops but mellowed with coriander and citrus. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Soured, funky aroma with some floral notes. Super fluffy head pale straw color. Odd weird beer. Dandelions. Cheese.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chudwick (3078) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - NOV 4, 2012
750ml bottle - pours hazy pale yellow with foamaliciously white head. Nose is yeasty and straw. Flavor adds citrus and spice. Sweet and somewhat hoppy. Reminds me of a saison. Burpy. Idk.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
Pours a hazy straw yellow with large, white foamy head. Aroma is spicy similar to a belgian, light fruity tangerine undertone. Very dry, come chalkiness. Drying hoppy finish,

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 Bottle from Last Drop.

Could this be the best bottled IPA Ive ever had? Stiff competition from Sculpin, Pliny, and (in a very different way) Two Hearted, but this is certainly the most interesting among the IPA standouts, and quite plausibly the best. None of those quite pull a 4.5 in the bottle, so I think this one takes it. Only competitor at 4.5 is another IPA -- or rather IIPA also from Alaska with Brett: 3767 from Midnight Sun.

Pear juice pour with a full white head. Aroma is a ten if Ive ever experienced it. Huge grapefruit juice --- the sort that comes in a 5.5oz foil-topped can -- and plenty of weed with threads of brett and oak wafting through. Now that I know its got kumquats I can tell theyre there contributing to the delicious juicy citrus, but I wouldnt have called it without reading the label. Pepper is prominent in the flavor, as is that kumquot/white grapefruit. Brett is subtle but adds substance to the long end of the flavor. Amazing what they can do with 50 IBUs; the beer has tons of flavor and more than enough bittering.

At 12 bucks I thought this was expensive until I tasted it; now I think its great value for what Anchorage provides and Ill be hoping to get my hands on additional bottles.

Addendum: after a couple of additional encounters with this beer, I have to acknowledge that galaxy hops are not my favorite. Everything else about the beer is marvelous, and I may have initially been taken by the grapefruit pith that the hops provide, but upon revisits I have not been able to get around the onion aspects of the hops in this one. As a result, Id probably drop my rating of the beer to something around 4.0-4.1 --- but instead of doing that now, Ill wait for the opportunity to do a proper re-rate in real time instead of a retrospective downgrade.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
Got a wide range of reactions from the people I shared this with. Hazy yellow pour, frothy white head. The aroma was big time funky. Cheese and yeast with hints of citrus, cereal, leather, pepper, and spice. Medium and chewy. Big sour "brett" funkiness with a long bitter, hoppy finish. Great balance. One of the most unique beers Ive tasted. Fantastic.


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