B.C. Beer Reviews is back with its first edition of 2018. First off, Happy New Year! Hopefully, you all enjoyed some good craft beer and stayed safe. To kick off the new year, we are taking a look at one of the four beers that were part of Field House Brewing‘s ‘Coolship Collab’ series.
B.C. Beer Reviews with Nic Hendrickson: Field House – Wild Muscari Farmhouse Ale
Field House released a series in 2017 by the name of ‘Coolship Collab’. In this four-part series, they partnered with four other B.C. breweries to make some rather interesting beers, with one of them including yeast harvested from a wasps guts.
For this edition, they partnered with Steamworks Brewing of Burnaby, British Columbia. They state that the yeast used in this one was a wild yeast harvested off the muscari flower atop Mt. Seymour. Interesting. They also state that they dry-hopped it with Cashmere, Mosaic and Motueka hops, making for a powerful aroma.
Let’s take a look at yet another interesting collaboration beer from Field House!
This one is a pure golden colour, both in the pour and when it is in the glass. The clarity is absolutely exquisite with this one, meaning this wild yeast flocculates clear. For a wild yeast, that is rather interesting. You can literally see right through this beer.
The only time the clarity is not top-notch is when you pour the dregs at the bottom of the bottle in with the last pour. This is to be expected.
The first thing I noticed in the nose/aroma is a floral sweetness. This is almost reminiscent of something close to a honeysuckle flower. It is a noticeable floral note complimented immediately with a sweet note.
This beer is packed with Cashmere, Mosaic and Motueka hops. In an effort to see how each one was used/comes out, I will go off what the hops are supposed to impart and see if any of those come through.
Cashmere hops are known for having a rather subtle herbal bouquet. There is a distinct floral and herbal note to this beer, but whether that is from the Cashmere hops or a product of the wild yeast is unknown.
Mosaic hops are known for imparting aromas of blueberry, tangerine, papaya, rose, blossoms, grass and bubblegum. There were strong hints of blueberry and possibly a light note of tangerine, but not much else came through from those notes listed above.
As for the Motueka hops, they are well-known for rather strong aromas of lemon, lime and tropical fruit notes. There is certainly citrus and tropical fruit notes. However, they are indistinct on what exactly they are.
Overall, a very complex nose/aroma with a lot of different notes coming at you. This can sometimes be a bad thing, but it worked fairly well for this beer.
There is a distinct citrus fruit taste to this beer right off the bat. It is hard to figure out exactly what fruit it is, but it is certainly very noticeable.
Another note that is noticeable in this beer is a melon-like flavour. It is a fantastic complimentary note to the citrus you get immediately. They play very well together in this one.
If the hops used in dry-hopping were also used in the boil, they are reported to impart flavours of lemon, lime and melon. This is the overall tasting notes of the beer.
Overall, a very tasty beer.
The branding/labeling is spot on with most Field House beers you get. It is rather simple, but it has a distinct ‘hipster’ look to it. The label/branding is very simplistic and appealing overall.
This beer poured a rather significant head to it, even with a meticulous pour. The retention of that head was equally as impressive. This could be a good part as to why the nose/aroma is so powerful in this one.
Unsurprisingly, there is a good amount of lacing in this beer. With all the hops that were packed into it, this is exactly what you would expect to see.
The carbonation level is high. There are cascading bubbles throughout this entire beer. It is reminiscent of what you would expect from a champagne yeast. It makes for a very nice and crisp finish.
The nose/aroma is powerful but in a good way. Lots of different notes come your way, but they are not fighting against one another.
The tasting notes are nice as well, and the carbonation level makes for a very nice and crisp finish.
Overall, a very tasty beer worth getting your hands on if you can still find it.
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