Style: Hoppy Farmhouse Pale Ale
Brewery’s Note: “Farmstead ale brewed with wheat, fermented with Brettanomyces, and hopped with Citra. Dry-hopped in the foudres.”
The beer pours a cloudy, straw yellow with a huge, creamy, and smooth head of whipped white bubbles. When the head leaves, the glass is left with a proper spatter work of thin, frothy lacing. In body, the beer is cloudy, and solidly opaque. The coloring is gorgeously pastel. On the nose, the beer smells of fresh hops, doused in juicy citrus and mango. There are hints of passion fruit, pineapple, and juicy slabs of funk are subtly musting everything up below the other scents. As I really shove my nose in it, an herbal, hay-like scent blossoms outwards. On the tongue, the beer tastes slightly sweet, with soft acidity which pops with citric yum, and a slowly building bitterness that quenches at the tongue. The citric brightness blends lightly into a fruity sweetness, and there’s just a touch of earthiness within the bitterness, which adds another touch of complexity. In flavor, the beer starts with fresh pineapple juice, lemonade, and mangoes, before slowly working in grassy bitters, then citric bitters with a touch of pine that slowly works more and more into the taste. It tastes of fresh juicy citrus juice that slowly builds in fresh bitter herbs and pine and just a light finish of breadiness. In the mouth the beer feels on the light side of medium, with a higher carbonation that delivers fresh effervescence with a light pop and frothiness. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left lightly taught throughout, with a sticky, bitter resin lingering on the tongue and some saliva coating everything. The mouth ends up feeling bright and fresh, like all HF beers tend to do. Overall, this is delicious and crushable, with a healthy bitter backend, and tasty, fruity, citric funk on the front end. I could drink this for days.