Half Pints Brewing Co. HoppenHeimer – Wheat Ale at at 4.8% ABV

Half Pints Brewing Co. HoppenHeimer Wheat Ale at at 4.8% ABV ($6.75 at Sundance Wine Market, 650 ml, no can date or best before)

Pours hazy pale gold with an explosive three fingers plus of white head, great retention and lacing. (4/5) Nose is tropical fruit, wheat, banana, pine resin. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet, strong bitter, slight sour. (7/10) Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, lingering dry and bitter finish. (4/5)

What the hell is that? It’s like the bastard love child of a Belgian IPA and a wheat beer. With a hefty dose of saison and brett. It’s not entirely a success: the nose is actually a little muted, and the astringency of the brett tones pushes the bitterness a little out of balance with the malt. (15/20)

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