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Collaboration Series: ISO:FT - The Bruery

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 184
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 219
Gots: 102 | FT: 4
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a clear brown with a tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing is present on this one. Smell is of sour fruits, vinegar, and some funky aromas. Taste is also of sour fruit and vinegar with a very nice funky presence. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good sour with some nice aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle at the Bruery/Cigar City salon at SAVOR 2011. Served in a SAVOR goblet.

Pours a fairly-clear tawny copper color with an average off-white head. Sparse lacing and a bit of a collar on the way down. The nose brings forward heavy amounts of fruit with a really, really strong guava presence that sets the tone for the whole beer. A bit of the date character is in the background.

The flavor really takes it up to the next level as the guava and the acidity really pair quite well. Gone is much of the brown sugar from Marron Acidife; instead, this is all fruit with a bit of funk. Lingering sourness throughout and a slight oak presence. The guava and underlying acidity are a beautiful thing in the mouthfeel, producing a tart acidity that's buoyed by a bit of oak. Slight funk in the finish as well. I am very, very much looking forward to having this again.

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Photo of largadeer
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Sandstone. Thanks, Rog.

Pretty much copying my Marron Acidifie review here because the beers are so damn similar. Dark reddish-brown topped by a thin head. Carbonation is low and the body is cloudy and opaque. Tart raspberry/blackberry aroma, very vinous, reminiscent of red wine vinegar. Hay-like funk, reserved acetic sourness with a little brown malt beneath. Guava has a faint presence on the nose, lending a tropical fruit undertone that's pleasant. I can't say that the dates come through much at all. Sharply sour on the tongue, exhibiting a nice balance of acetic and lactic sourness with a lean toward the acetic side. Blackberry fruitiness, subtle guava, integrated oak and some nice vinous dryness in the finish. Very enjoyable, but it's not particularly different than Marron; the fruit adds a very mild layer of flavor.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown, very hazy and cloudy with a rich tan colored head. Excellent retention left behind thick coating side glass lace.

The first notes to come across were funky and sour, which were to be expected, however, letting this one warm up brought about all sorts of goodness. This one had to warm though to really let you appreciate all of the subtleties that were going on here. Rich notes of caramel and tart cherries, light notes of oak and woodsy like malts. Extremely complex here. The flavor was much more of the same, just absolutely decadent and delicious. This was honestly one of the best flavors I have ever experienced in a beer, and I really mean that. It was tremendously good. Started out a nice rush of Brett funkiness in all of its glory, rich notes of fruit, cherries layered in on top of that with an almost toffee like flavor as the base. This was very reminiscent of a funky KRE in its complexity. A rich cascade of semi sweet flavor then rolled through and tool over as it always does. I have to admit it needed a little bit more punch in the carbonation though it was still very well done.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Roger for opening this beer. Very much appreciated.

A: The pour is quite hazy and dark reddish-brown in color with a finger or two of off-white head.

S: Like with Marron Acidifie, the acetic character is rather in check. Plenty of red fruits and particularly lots of red wine aroma. Nice oak and a touch of leather and chocolate. The fruits don't come through too much, but there is a bit of the guava.

T: A light caramel sweetness to it with just a hint of dates and plums. Red wine, red wine vinegar, and some tart guava. A nice oakiness to it and a little bit of tannins, maybe some leathery funk.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Not sure if I liked this or Marron better. Very good either way.

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Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a tasting hosted by finewinemike. Thank you so much to Arenbeer for bringing this bottle. I never thought I would get to try this one. Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish dark amber color. There is a layer of off white head and decent retention.

Smell: Fruity with sweet malt and mild vinegar notes. Acidic and mildly sweet.

Taste: Super tart and a bit fruity. There are some woody notes as well as fruit. The malt balances out the sourness very well. The finish is a bit spicy and sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit spicy.

Overall: The barrel did good things to this beer. I thought this was a real treat to get to try.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Didn't think I would ever get to try this, but thanks to rudzud for it.

Pours a light fizzy head that fades almost instantly. Dark murky caramel ruby maroon color.

Nose brings nice blend of sour malts and caramel candy malts, nice toffee and caramel, candy, etc, with great sour tart fruits and souring bacteria, with a nice tart guava and guava extract, and plenty of candied dates, nice buttery vanilla oak, oak is so buttery.

Taste brings sweet and sour, big on both. Are nice barleywine like malt profile, with caramel candy malts and little whisky like barrel note, lots of buttery and vanilla oak rounding. Some sour malt notes, and into tart fruit, nice sour like guava note with big guava juice, into a candied date again, nice dark fruit. Back end gets a bit of a meh sour porter note, and acidic sour vinous note. Finish is sticky syrupy and flemmy, more candied dates and guava paste, bit some bitter tannins as well, little oak barrel and dark sour malts.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, syrupy but sour and acidic, flemmy, hint of booze.

Overall really interesting nice sour, great guava and date fruits, nice sour malts and candy malt flavours, and nice barrel rounding, but that tannic somewhat unpleasant finish takes it down a notch.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for opening this. Served in a Portsmouth tulip. After drinking this I discovered I could nearly copy my entire Marrón Acidifié with minimal alterations.

A - Served with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thick collar and partial cap. Lightly hazed reddish body and a few splotches of lace as well.

S - Red wine vinegar, oak, vanilla, leather, light tobacco, some nice funk and acetobacter. As it warms some guava acidity creeps in.

T - The taste is a bit sweeter - some brown malt character and vanilla. Some nice pucker, very tart, pleasant sour cherry and other nebulous fruits, and mild acetobacter. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Perhaps a bit more dark fruit character from the dates, and a more present oak than I remembered from Marrón Acidifié. It's different, but I'm not convinced it's a big enough improvement to warrant the jump up to 4.5.

M - Nice carbonation zest, dry moisture-destroying tartness. Medium-full body, with some tannic oak in the finish and light residual stickiness. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

D - This is a good beer, but not terribly different from Marrón Acidifié. I'm glad I have bottles of each so that I can do an A/B comparison, as I'm guessing the differences may be more pronounced if I try them side-by-side. Impressive collaboration beer that is stronger than the sours made individually by these two breweries - hope they hook up again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at SAVOR in the Bruery Salon. I have to say this beer is INCREDIBLE.

Beer is reddish / ruby and mostly clear wtih a thin head of small off white bubbles, moderate carbonation, looks great.

Beer smells mildly acetic / lactic and the sweetness of the fruit comes through great. I really like the aroma.

Beer is relatively thin with a mild brightness with a great fruit body to it. The finish is a little dry but overall this is a great drinking beer and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. I would drink a lot more of this if possible but like most great things it is short lived.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by craytonic. Thanks Matt!

The beer is slightly hazy and appears orange to red in color. The aroma offers a strong lactic and acetic presence with some mildly sweet fruit. Smells like a fruity Flanders ale. The flavor is sour and funky, with some lingering notes of cherries. Moderate carbonation with a funky acetic finish. The feel is a bit rough. A good beer, but not great, I would have this again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GregSVT for sharing this bottle at the Flying Saucer Beer Tasting.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of dark fruit, with a lot of cherries, cranberries and blackberries. I also get a nice dose of brown sugar and some light tartness.

The flavor is also very nice. I get a lot of tart cherries and other dark fruit, as well as some nice oaked notes. I get a little bit of toffee as well as some light sweetness and brown sugar notes. The sweet and sour components go very well together.

The mouthfeel is relatively thin and the carbonation is pretty low. A very nice sour beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour produces a quarter-finger thick, lightly brown tinged, dark tan colored head that fades away fairly quickly. The beer is a dark, brown color that has perhaps a touch of concentrated red color in it; when held up to the light the beer shows a deeply red stained, amber tinged color. There is a definite acidity to the aroma, it is a bit spicy like vinegar, though not overly so. The acidity is backed by a rich cherry like character as well as a rich dark fruitiness. Then a woody, musty, slightly spicy, oak and funkiness kicks in; the wood is quite noticeable, while the funkiness plays a little bit more of a lesser role here in the nose. There is a funky tart and fruit note here that reminds me of Cigar City’s Guava Grove Saison, so I wonder if this is from the Guava. As the beer warms up an aged malt character starts to contribute a nice nutty note that combines with the fruit to almost remind me of amaretto.

Slightly fizzy feeling and a bit more light bodied than I was expecting, it still has some heft and texture to it, but body wise it does not seem that much bigger than many a Oude Bruin; I bet the fruit has dried / lightened this up by quite bit. There is a woodiness to the finish that combines with a hint of an almost roasted, sort of cocoa like note; the woodiness has an astringency to it that is also sort of spicy. The beer does not have much sweetness to it, which makes it taste less fruity than the flavor did. There is a nice acidity to this beer, though it is certainly not an aggressive, or even biting sourness. The acidity seems to be most noticeably acetic, but in reality the acetic character is quite soft & I would guess that there is more lactic acid to this beer (the former just tends to be way more noticeable than the latter). Bitter malt notes combine with aged tobacco flavors, some oxidized, fairly nutty, almost sherry like malt notes and even some whole grain brown bread like notes; now that I have noticed it the aged / oxidized malt character is actually fairly noticeable. As the beer warms up more of the fruitiness comes out with notes cherry, touches of date and a sort of raisin like flavor. At times the alcohol is a bit noticeable with some heat, but it never becomes overly intrusive.

This is actually fairly nice; this didn’t wow me, but I wasn’t really expecting it to, but it is a nice beer to spend an evening with. I do like the mix of aged malt, fruit, light sourness and oak character that makes up the bulk of this beer. The fruit (meaning the dates and the guava), end up being very subtle here; if I wasn’t told about them I wouldn’t have guessed either of these fruits were in this beer, which I think is probably a good thing.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery.
I've been sitting on this one for a little while and since company came over I thought this would be the perfect beer to shock some people! I guess the first shocker was the self pouring bottle. She opens with a huge hiss and foams violently for a few seconds until the pressures equalize. Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a huge bubbly tan head that piles it high but recedes almost instantly. Initially I got lots of banana and tropical fruit but that seemed to quickly give way to more of a lemon and tart cherry thing on the nose. Earthy funk with a touch of yeastiness and wood round out the nose. The flavor still holds a bit of sweet brown sugary malt which is a bit surprising! The funky earthiness is more prevalent in the flavor and mixes well with the dates which add a bit of sweetness. Light tart tropical fruit with just a touch of wood and alcohol round everything out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart lightly tongue pricking mouthfeel. Hugely interesting beer, that most of my guests couldn't stomach. A little sweet for a sour, but I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle opened by me, thanks. This was a slow foamer. It didn't quite gush, but the foam was rising slowly and would have overtaken the top of the bottle had I not started pouring it into the snifter.

A: The beer is a nebulous orangeish brown with a small bubbly head. Not much else to report on the appearance. You now have ample information.

S: A healthy dose of dates and a not insubstantial guava presence do credit to the Marron Acidifie. The dates and guava really compliment one another, which is somewhat surprising to me. I detect notes of plum, currant, and prune, as well as oak and vanilla. The beer is certainly sour in a lactic way, but it retains balance. There's a touch of cherry and a little leather, with a moderate acetic presence.

T: The flavor matches the aroma in excellence. Lactic sourness is at a moderate level, mingling with a moderate acetic acidity. Date and guava strike an excellent balance, complimenting one another at every turn. The flavor is piquant, bringing me back for sip after sip. There's a bit of buttery oak that reminds me of Chardonnay. Notes of plum and currant are evident, as well as a touch of vanilla and a dash of leather. Alcohol is very well hidden for 9%, providing warming but almost no flavor.

M: The beer is medium in body with lower moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, tannic, and smooth.

Overall: This is great stuff. I enjoyed it slightly more than the tap sampling I had of Marrón Acidifié. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Pour out red-brown, looking very flat, no head. Earthy, leathery aromas. In the taste, I'm getting guava, strawberry, and blueberry. Medium carbonation and linger. Definitely an improvement over Marron Acidife.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 7.22.13

A - Pours a dark brown-ruby with a fizzy light brown head that is gone quickly.

S - Sweet dark fruit, almost read wine-like, but pretty subtle.

T - Dates and guava are both detectable with subtle wood-acidic bite.

D - Mild carbonation with a light body.

O - Mild, but key ingredients are there. Subtle tart sourness.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a brown and almost purple like color, thin beige head to it, less than 1/4" thick. Aroma was all kinds of sour and off the beaten path fruit. What is that pink agave, pear and cedar wood? Works nicely.

Really got to feel the difference between this and the marron acidifie in the taste, whereas marron had more of the brown ale, vinegar and wet wood vibe going, this one leads fully with the fruit mouthfeel, it just takes a lighter and fruitier and better sour vibe, with tartness. Might be some cranberry as well to this. Its that kind of tartness, i.e., not much sugar, high pucker.

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Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Received a long time ago in a trade, shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear mahogany hue with some
thin head that fades to leave a light halo.

S - Aromas of guava and dates. Nice amount of oak solid barrel, buttery oak, light vanilla, almost vinous quality. Very nice. Candied dates, super pleasant.

T - Taste is loads of guava, shockingly loads of guava, sweet sugar dates, caramel, toffee, oak, slightly medicinal sweetness. Finish is quite tart with light vinous notes. Loads of oak tannins that for me distract me.

M - Mouthfeel is very nicely carbonated with the alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this was a bit of a confusing beer. I like the aroma, and the taste, but the super tannic finish just hinders this beers potential.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at a recent tasting thanks to hoppymcgee.

Pours a hazy copper color with a finger or two of off-white head. Lighter than I expected, compared to what I remember from Marron Acidife.

Aromas just ike with Marron Acidifie, begin with plenty of red fruits and particularly lots of red vinuous grapiness. Nice oak and some nice figs and sour grapes. The added/aged fruits (guava and dates) aren't really coming through for me.

The tastes begin with a light caramel sweetness to it with just a hint of figs and dates. Red wine grapes, red wine vinegar and some tart white grapes meld well with the oakiness adding a tannic quality, some leathery funk in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium in body with a medium carbonation.

Overall to be honest I think I liked Marron Acidife a little better and it is/was much easier to "track down" even though I didn't have to do so here. Based on the inflated secondary market due to the rarity of this beer, I can't say it something I need to or ever will revisit. It was a really high quality beer don't get me wrong, but Marron Acidife is just as good if not better in my opinion.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Sean for this... A semi clear light brown, light tope head... The nose is acidic vinegar, a hint of cherries, pretty complex... The taste is boring, vinegar, tart cherries, very oaky finish... Not bad, the 9% is hidden really well. I need to have the Marron to compare.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from my RS shipment, tried alongside Marron Acidifie last night.

A moderately clear mahogany with a dense, light brown head, this is an attractive beer. The nose is very similar to Marron, but a little different. While this is also a blend of leather, red wine, a little vinegar and moderate fruit, the balance is a little more vinous. As it warms up, some guava becomes apparent, and there is a moderate bourbon character as well. A touch of cocoa rounds out the nose.

The palate opens with a blend of fruity red wine, vinegar, some dark fruit with dates and a little cocoa. Moderate leather, brown sugar and a little dark caramel are also present. Along with the dates, there's a little guava as well as some cherry-like fruitiness. Moderately oaky with moderate tannins, this beer does also have a bigger bourbon character. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this beer dries out a little bit on the finish. Solid stuff, I like this just a little bit more than the MA, but not enough to give it significantly higher scores

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Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Thanks to Matt for sharing with us!

(A)- Pours a cloudy tawny brown color. Some tan froth does show up.

(S)- A nice dry oaky profile up front. Bits of tart fruit and funk.

(T)- Similar to the smell, though it definitely has a sweeter; riper fruit note. Heavier on the oak too with a nice sour profile.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Heavy oak, but a good fruit and tart characters. Superb ABV integration; I would not of guessed it was that high.

(D)- A nice beer. An interesting blend compared to Marron. It was really interesting to have each side by side to compare. This one is definitely fruitier, and sweeter, though I think I still like Marron better overall.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to StayWhatYouAre2 for sharing this one before he got married. Poured a golden yellow orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, tart, sour, and very subtle funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, tart, sour, and subtle wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The aroma on this one was the best part of this one for me. It was really well balanced and quite enjoyable. There was no sign of the alcohol at all in this one which was a good thing. Definitely could get in trouble with this one if you aren't careful.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky copper colored beer with a litle bit of reddish on the sides. Bit of a beige head, some spots left on the sides.

S - Smells a lot like Marron Acidifie but it's not as potent. Some vanilla, dark fruit, a bit of tartness. Nothing real special here.

T - Actually a bit disappointed. I liked Marron Acidifie more, but supposedly they are close to the same beer. Might be because I had that one on tap. Some dark fruit, maybe some guava, little bit of sourness. The flavor is very mild and falls kind of flat.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, could have used some more to liven it up.

O - Just not blown away by this beer. Not tart enough, flavors not distinctive enough, just kind of muddled together and lacking in carbonation.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another sour poured & passed around at Mista's place. I usually don't review when I'm out & about (or aboot, if you're in Canada), but with a bunch of sours I'll probably never get to try again, it seemed like a good idea. Have been wanting to try this one for a while.

Pour is a filmy red color, very still. Nose was straight-up sour, not getting much fruit/guava or anything else. Not sure I like where this is going.

ISO:FT might have the greatest name of all-time, but it couldn't stand up to the other sours at the tasting. Harsher & more one note than the two previously sampled, this brew is mostly unalloyed sour with a faint side-dish of bitter guava. I couldn't tease out either the barrel notes nor the other ingredients, which left me disappointed. 3-4 ounces went down about right.

Glad I didn't land this one via trade, but it continues a trend of unfortunate collaboration mediocrity, which seems to be the rule rather than the exception. A strictly average wild.

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Collaboration Series: ISO:FT from The Bruery
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