Crooked Stave Hop Savant "Galaxy" Brettanomyces IPA

The third in the series of Brettanomyces-based beer with a different type of hop in each. I really wish they had picked a more... pedestrian yeast so that the hops could be featured a lot more. Instead, the yeast seems to overwhelm the hops altogether, and that almost defeats the purpose of these beers.

The color... should I even comment? It is the exact same hue of murky copper-orange as the other two of this series. I'm also getting used to the smell; this one is very orange with a heap of those funky Brettanomyces yeast turning things around. I've gotten used to the smell, and it's pretty inviting at this point.

First sip is funk and citrus, as you may have expected. It has that bitterness about it that is almost sour. It was an uncommon and nearly unpleasant taste the first time I came across it, but I've grown very much accustomed to it, and it now makes my mouth water. Is that a good thing? I hope so.

Tip-in is funk and citrus. It echoes the essence of the sip, and it would be more than enough taste for a whole beverage, but there is more to this. The middle gets that bready, cracker taste from the yeast that has a layer of passionfruit simply dancing around it. It is a quite good middle of a beer. The finish comes up with a sharp bitterness and funkiness followed by a sourness that definitely overpowers the orange and bread.

Bottom Line: Just about the same as the last one, it's still a good beer.



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