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Farmageddon White IPA (Re-review)

Rating: 2.9

Quite a rare re-review of a beer I’ve already tried here before, this one being my second go at Farmageddon’s White IPA that I first tried last July when over in Ireland. Since trying the beer back then, I’ve spotted several online reviews and posts mentioning how good the beer is and that it’s definitely one worth trying which got me thinking that the bottle I first tried might have already been past its best. The first time I sampled this one I remember it being far too funky and a lot more like a bad saison than a wheat ale or IPA but nothing obvious stuck out about it being off or a bad batch, this coupled with the fact that it was still well within its best before date meant I just assumed it was a bad beer, either way this re-review should clear things up and it’ll be interesting to see how it comes out this time around.

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Appearance (4/5): A hazy, golden amber colour with quite a lot of visible carbonation as I poured from the bottle; there was a huge white head as well that was very foamy looking and say about two inches tall in the glass. Retention was quite good from the beer with some touches of lacing on the sides and the head looked quite thick too; good stuff and already an improvement on last time.
Aroma (6/10): A hoppy open that was definitely complimented by some strong wheat notes in the early going, this one seems like a completely new beer this time around and there is some nice fruits coming through as well. There was a slight touch of funk around the middle but nowhere near as much as the last time, with some spice and orange notes following on behind. The beer seemed somewhat refreshing on the nose with some floral touches in there too. It’s still not the most complex beer that you’re likely to come across but it was a nice one.
Taste (5/10): Slightly more funky and some tart in there as well initially but the wheat flavours that the nose hinted at are present too. Some floral hops and a few bursts of citrus follow on behind before a faint hint of spice and some background fruits come through. It didn’t seem as strong as I remember from last time but the flavours themselves seem much better and the beer is actually drinkable this time around. There was some earthy hops and a light bitterness as we got nearer the end too but nothing really jumped out after the initial funk and tart.
Palate (2/5): This one was a very strongly carbonated offering and at times seemed to border on gassy. The body was quite a light one, perhaps even thin but not overly at least and there was some touches of funk and tart early in the taste; thankfully neither being as strong as the last time I tried this one though. There as a light bitterness towards the end and some dry touches too but the balance could probably have been a little better, it still wasn’t too bad though overall and some spice in there too seemed to help.

Overall (12/20): My second time trying this and it was almost like a completely new beer, it was so different from the first but there was just enough similarities to remind me I’d had this before. The beer was still overly carbonated but probably not quite as bad as last time, the balance still wasn’t great either and I could probably have done without the touches of funk and tart but both were thankfully a lot weaker than last time. There was some nice floral hops and the wheat seemed stronger this time which helped things considerably, I also got the odd citrus burst and some hints of spice at times which was just enough to keep me interested. It’s not one I’ll have a third time I don’t think but at least it was better than when I first tried it last summer.

Brewed In: Comber, County Down, Northern Ireland
Brewery: Farmageddon Brewing Co-Op
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Wheat Ale
Abv: 3.8%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Reilly’s (Lisnaskea)
Price: £2.29

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  1. July 10, 2017 at 10:24

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