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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   IBU: 10   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Introducing “Cross-Pollination: Batch #1”, collaboratively brewed with our friends at Plan Bee Farm Brewery. An all NYS Sour Ale: NYS Malt, NYS Hops, NYS Rose Hips, and even NYS Red Wine Grape Must from the Magnanini Farm Winery.

The beer has a light purple-to-pink color, which is entirely appropriate with the tropical cocktail flavor notes. A gentle sour finish perfectly complements the notes of fruit and punch.

As a true collaborative effort, the beer was fermented in 2 styles: one with our Newburgh House Yeast, the other with Plan Bee Wild Honey Yeast.


EDITOR’S NOTE: The Newburgh and Plan Bee bottles share a label but can be differentiated by the wax on the top. Newburgh’s uses their Heart logo, while the Plan Bee uses a Bee.

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3.8
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 8, 2017
Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a hazy burnt orange / copper color with a thin white foamy/fizzy white head. No lace. The aroma had a sweet to sour floral to earthy, sweet honey-ed, woody, citrusy, grassy, and herbal qualities melding together The flavor gently leaned towards the sour side with the honey pulling back some of the sour fairly nice. Well blended aftertaste of the wood, Brett, and honey following into the finish. The feel was about a light to medium on the body with a decent sipping quality about it due to the sour level. It wasn’t too acidic, but noticeable. ABV and carbonation felt appropriate. Overall, pretty good sour ale worthy of coming back to.

3.5
jredmond (8201) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Nathan, shared with Paul and Max. Pours a deep hazy golden body. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with notes of sour fruit, sweet sugar, honey and an odd glue character. Pretty good despite the glue flavor.

3.8
djd07 (14355) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2016
Bottle thanks to Rainer. Pours a cloudy orange pink with small off white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is funk, floral, oak. Thin body, funky, brett, tart, oak, very good.

4.1
ben4321 (6389) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Palindromic rating#5775!

Location: Bottles purchased at Newburgh.  Rating is for the Newburgh and Plan Bee versions side by side, 10/23/16.

Aroma: Plan Bee has grape, earth, musk, and funk. Some other fruit and grains come through as well. Newburgh version is quite different, with significantly more herbal notes and honey coming through. Grape and must as well. Prefer the Newburgh slightly.

Appearance: Both are orange and hazy with a pinkish hue.  Both heads are beige and a little fizzy.  Plan Bee version has a nicer looking head that sticks around longer, but otherwise there isn’t much difference here.

Flavor: Newburgh: Balanced flavor is slightly sweet/honey, herbal, and mildly fruity. Mid-palate it gets grainy and a little dry, with just a bit of tartness on the close. The flavor is right on for me here. Lots going on, beautifully balanced. Plan Bee: Very different, but just as excellent. More funky, and probably more of a standout type of flavor profile. Cleanly tart throughout. Hard to pick a favorite for me, as I loved the balanced, subtle complexity of the Newburgh and the funky, bigger flavor of the Plan Bee. Slightest edge to the Plan Bee.

Palate: Plan Bee version has a livelier carbonation and more of an acidic thing going on on the finish. Newburgh is still pretty lively, just not as much so as Plan Bee. The finish is just a little dry and mildly acidic. Both are exceedingly drinkable, even with the fairly strong carbonation levels. Pretty much a tie here.

Overall Impression: Really enjoyed this collaboration. You can tell they didn’t over think it. Just make a beautiful base beer and let the yeast do the work. Throughout the five categories rate on my scores are different, but I somehow finished with the exact same score on both the overall and the total. That kinda says it all. Great collaboration. Great beers.
Plan Bee: 4.1: 7/4/9/4/17
Newburgh: 4.1: 8/4/8/4/17

3.7
jkwood04 (5448)
- Connecticut, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Bottle in a teku. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma of light tartness, some green apple and light fruits, pale and caramel malts, and some floral notes. Flavor the same. Average texture. A pretty good beer but sort of boring.

3.5
thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2016
(500ml bottle) cloudy orange, fine white bubbles. Nose is bland, orange juice, lightly tart, Brett. Taste of orange, brett, touch sour, seltzer, touch of salt, medium to light body. Doesn’t taste like much.

3.8
j12601 (10871) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle. Drank this one, then the Plan Bee version. Pours a hazed pink hued dark amber with a large white head that falls steadily, small grey yeast floaties in the bottom. Soft banana, yeast, musk, a touch of fruit on the nose. Medium bodied, soft acid, a bit of funk, tartness, more banana and yeast. Slow acid and musk into the finish, yeast. Fairly mellow still after a couple of months, I’ll be curious to see how funky this gets in another 6-12 months.

3.7
vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Bottle. Golden pour with some brown notes. Herbal, sweetness, light honey and fruit aromas. Flavors are similar, honey, fruit, tart tones.

3.7
jtclockwork (16436) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2015 Draft at brewery - Pours orange gold - nose/taste of sour grape, rose hip, sour light florals, lightly tart grape skin - medium body.


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