32 oz growler from AleYeah! Roswell in September, and then about six weeks or so later, as a 32 oz growler from JUGS in Sandy Springs. Most of these thoughts are from the initial growler fill, with supplemental additions on part 2.
Part of the Brewmaster’s reserve series from Brooklyn, here’s the official word.
Pour is a golden one, a bit like a decent Belgian Strong Pale. Head is high and pitted. Retention is pretty good and there is some lace.
Nose is characterized by a very strong, potent coriander note. Very herbal.
The nose is reflected in the early tastes as well, quite bitter and strong. It bites. NICE! A lot of white pepper and a short, bright finish. There is a LOT of lime influence here, and rather than adding a citrus note, it really cuts across the palate with some quite severe bitterness. I REALLY like it. There’s a fresh, ‘zingy’ feel about this beer, and it drinks bigger than its 6.1 %, and bigger than many-a-wit.
This is quite aggressive in terms of the spicy bitterness, and it works beautifully. There are a few soap notes in there as the hop character comes through, plenty of zesty, lime elements, and it comes together well to produce a real edgy beer with a presence and a definite statement to make.
There is some watery clove notes in the beer and this makes for a not-really-typical-Wit. The beer is a pretty interesting one, and I like it, but I wouldn’t really want to compare it to a typical Witbier – that would not seem fair. Quite frankly this drinks WAY more like a peppery Belgian Strong Pale (or even in places, like a pilsner) than anything else.