Gneiss Tectonic Tomahawk

Posted: September 9, 2015 in American IPA, Gneiss Brewing Company, Reviews

The next bunch of posts are going to be about our trip to Maine since we managed to hit so many breweries on the trip. I mostly had tasters at the brewery and since I was on vacation, I didn’t do many reviews (otherwise we couldn’t have hit so many of them). The first brewery that we went to was Funky Bow in Lyman, Maine. As we started driving there, it started to rain. We came upon the brewery, which was pretty much in the middle of nowhere. As we drove in, we realized that it was a dirt road, straight up, and only about a car and half wide. We managed to get up after someone pulled over, because otherwise, I’m not sure we could have made it up. The brewery itself was housed in a building not accessible to the public. Their tasting room was in a tent with some picnic benches. Everyone told us how great it was because of the outdoor space, but since it was raining, we were stuck in said tent. They had live music, which was alright. I tried four beers there in a sample flight. They were alright, but nothing amazing. We stayed for about 20 minutes since it was pretty dead because of the weather and then we were off to the next location…

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ABV: 6.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is our first release of the Single Hop epoch. Made with Tomahawk hops this beer is by far the most assertive IPA we have planned. The Tomahawk hops add an earthy spiciness to balance out the fruity flavors from our house yeast and the body that the wheat provides. Definitely a treat for the hop-heads out there!”

Random: This beer was from one of the few breweries we didn’t visit in the area. I had this at dinner.

This brew poured with a two finger, thick, white head. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with no visible carbonation because the beer was so cloudy. The nose presented with big notes of citrus (specifically oranges) and wheat. I didn’t get the typical IPA notes from this beer. The taste was more of a hybrid between the two styles. It started with wheat and orange notes and quickly went into grassy bitterness and a touch of grapefruit. It had a light body with high carbonation. The booze was very hidden as well. The finish was quick with grapefruit pith. This was pretty good on a summer night. I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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