gnoff (10711) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2012
Bottled 750 ml on November 17, 2012, thanks to ekstedt! Corked bottle with high pressure. 50 IBU.RichTheVillan (7936) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
Cloudy to murky straw yellow color, big lasting fluffy white head. Sweet, funky, acidic, brett scent. Salty, mineral, acidic, malty, sweet, citrus taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
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. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, 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, it’s not like it’s extinct or embargoed or anything. But, still, hey--great beer. What’s not to like? 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 ipa’s" is they’re usually more "White" than IPA, so I don’t think they fit in the IPA category. And they’re becoming more and more popular. That being said, this beer is very well done. Drake (13954) - 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.
SHIG (4962) - 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 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. Chudwick (3240) - 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. 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, OldMrCrow (2443) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 Bottle from Last Drop.
Could this be the best bottled IPA I’ve 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 I’ve 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 it’s got kumquats I can tell they’re there contributing to the delicious juicy citrus, but I wouldn’t 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 it’s great value for what Anchorage provides and I’ll 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, I’d probably drop my rating of the beer to something around 4.0-4.1 --- but instead of doing that now, I’ll wait for the opportunity to do a proper re-rate in real time instead of a retrospective downgrade.