Early in their development, Jester King switched from an English Ale yeast to a “farmhouse” yeast that was derived from the local naturally occurring yeasts floating around their brewery. You can see my review of the Original Wytchmaker here. The farmhouse yeast give their beers a sense of “local terrior” while Jester King embraces their local environment as well as using as many Organic ingredients as possible. While the OG Wytchmaker was exceptional and had more of the traditional IPA notes with a rye twist, the farmhouse version definitely tweaks the spiciness. The beer poured a deep gold with a full white fluffy head while the aroma had citrus hops with a hint of pineapple and spice. The flavor is where the farmhouse yeast began to assert itself. The fruity citrus and piney hops mixed with the spicy rye flavors all rode a wave of slight barnyard and funk characteristics. It took their already fantastic rye IPA and really ratcheted it up several notches. There were so many dynamic flavors intertwined into a bold and balance brew. I know the farmhouse yeast flavors can be a love or hate relationship with some, but I love it and how it improved to their already stellar Wytchmaker Rye IPA.
Jester King Farmhouse Wytchmaker Rye IPA