While I was out in California, I found a small gastropub with sandwiches and salads and some interesting draft selections. I stopped in for an early dinner and they had this on draft. Even though I went to The Bruery a few days prior, I didn’t remember seeing this one on tap.
Style: American Pale Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Batch No. 1731 is a 100% brettanomyces-fermented hoppy session ale created by homebrewer Kevin Osbourne of Los Angeles. When we judged through all of our competition entries, his complex yet quaffable creation shouted WINNER! (as well as tropical! funky! and dry!). It puts El Dorado, Mosaic and Chinook hops on a pedestal as much as one possible could.”
Random: The tour at The Bruery was one of the best I’ve been on, behind Flying Dog.
The beer poured with a thick, one finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated at a slow pace and left spiderweb lacing on the glass. The body was bright orange and hazy with no visible carbonation due to the haziness. The nose had a lot of orange peel and a touch of tartness. It had some grapefruit peel as well. The taste had some mustiness to it, I’m assuming from the addition of Brett. It had light tartness and orange and grapefruit peel. This was a beer that let the hops shine through rather than the wild bugs. It had a thin body with high carbonation. The finish was quick, dry and musty with some citrus tartness, like an unripe orange. The beer was very easy to drink and given the low ABV, I could have put a few back without an issue. I would definitely have this one again, even though I didn’t pick up any of the tropical aspects of the beer.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0