96 Points on RateBeer
Dry, pale, and aroma-forward American IPA brewed with wheat malt and Horizon, Chinook, Crystal, Cascade, Simcoe, and Centennial hops.
IPA brewed w/malted wheat and six varieties of hops
IPAs brewed with wheat have unique characteristics which classic barley dominated IPAs lack. Too often adding wheat is a head and body game, the extra protein in wheat malt creates a fuller almost fluffy body and the head gets an extra boost of sustaining foam. But wheat also impacts the flavor of beer as well, of course. Wheat contributes a sweetness factor very different from what you would expect from your kilned and caramel malts. The sweetness is lighter and more subtle, noticeable in this IPA. The fruity hoppiness combines with the sweetness of the wheat malt to create a spectacular slightly toasted wheat bread and apricot jam illusion. Of course the beer is still an IPA so there is apparent bitterness in the forefront and after taste, but unlike other IPAs the bitterness is well rounded and does not deter from the unique flavor profile.
Opened in September 2014, Fair State is the first brewery in Minnesota to use a cooperative business model, and only the third in the country. The brewery is actually owned by coop members. Members enjoy voting rights, the opportunity to serve on the cooperative board of directors, special discounts and beer release access, and a number of other perks. The art gallery-like taproom features a large number of rotating taps, including the tasty, sour, LÄCTOBÄC series beers.