Irma Extra - McKenzie Brew House

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89
very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 26
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McKenzie Brew House visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JAXSON on 06-08-2011)
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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of aasher
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle was courtesy of muskabeatz, thanks Evan!

This one was a gusher! It poured a light to medium bodied dark reddish dirty orange in color with a one finger soapy head. The aroma consists of dark malts, spice, slight cinnamon, and Brett. The flavors too, odd and spicy with caramel malts, cinnamon, and Brett. Interesting for a wild. It gets more tart and drier with time. It drinks light in body and leaves a slightly sweet yet dry after taste behind. It's an interesting beer, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle 160 thanks to Ryan

Pours a half finger of off white head. Leaves a little lace. Color is an orange copper amber.

Aroma: Very sour. Orange and lemon. Very fruity. A little bit of funk and a little bit of sour. Some cherries with vanilla and caramel. A little sweetness.

Taste: More malty than expected. Not very sour. More funky. Medicinal brett flavors. Cherries, caramel, and bready malts. Kind of sweet.

Mouthfeel: Funky, but smooth. Lighter bodied. Good carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, it's alright. Nothing too crazy. It was a bit too malty. Not sour/tart enough for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ShadesofGray for this one. Bottle 135 of 480. Capped 750ml bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger frothy off-white head with great retention. Beer is a semi-clear reddish-clay brown. Lacing is sparse and spotty with little stick. Great head for the style.

Nose is moderately tart with some red fruit. A bit of spiciness and light Brett. Very subtle.

Opens slightly tart red fruit. Spicy and yeasty towards the middle. Cobweb and bandaid with wet hay filminess. More fruit, almost oud Bruin sourness. Finish is foamy with a red fruit skin bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter and sour with a slight twinge of alcohol. Flavors are a bit muddled here but its oddly enjoyable.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly in the mouth but smooth and warm going down. Finish is messy with a clean aftertaste. The combination of bubbles and smoothness oddly works together here.

The first McKenzie offering that I've had and its pretty good. Flavors are a bit muddled and deep for the typical wild ale that I enjoy but it works here. Looking forward to sampling the others.

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3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Mark for sharing! Quick review from written notes.

Pours a hazy reddish amber orange, with some clinging bubbles on the sides of the glass. A few rapid carb trails of larger bubbles.

Acidic nose, some indistinct berry fruit that's hard to pin down.

Fruity and effervescent, with some acidic sour tang and light alcohol perceptible in the aftertaste. Seems to have picked up some fruity wine notes from the barrel it was in. Very dry and crisp, moderately acidic, the body is near perfect and it's pretty quenching. The presence of alcohol in the taste throws it off a little bit though. Really glad to have tried this obscure wild ale... never underestimate a brewer at a chain brewpub.

Sounds: Mark Lane - Who's Really Listening? (J-Rocc Edit)

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of joefuzz
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle sent in a trade with g311...thanks vince.

Pours a light brown with a red hue to it. Smells of green apples and some light barnyard funk. Tastes slightly like watermellon with sour apples and a good amount of funk. Mouthfeel is great for the style, carbonation is super high so be careful opening it. Overall very good beer...seek this out.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thorpe for this one. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours burnt orange in color, white head, spotty lacing.

S - Oak, light tartness, some fruity notes, and bready malts. It's too sharp, which I was happy about. Tart, but not overly so.

T - Fruity tartness, oak, light sour apples, berries, maybe a touch of spice. I would call this a "wild light" because it's just as much saison as it is wild. Finish is tart citrus and apples.

M - Light to medium body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A solid American Wild that I enjoyed. I am a fan of McKenzie, and continue to be impressed by either saisons and wilds. Looking forward to trying more from them and would have this one again.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to yourefragile and to G311 for my first bottle that didn't get an official review.

Pours a light brown with some copper hues and a big bubbly 2 finger head. Decent retention and little lacing.

Smells like strawberries with a lot of pedio and lacto. A little creaminess as well and some brett as it warms.

The berry flavor really comes through on the palate too. Unripe strawberry with notes of peach. The oak is more prominant and it finishes with a good dose of brett. The sourness is pretty subdued in this.

Medium mouthfeel with lots of prickly carbonation. Got better as it warmed.

Pretty solid beer, but not as good as I remember the first bottle being. The carbonation is a tad much but this beer got pretty good after warming a bit. I wish it were a little more sour as well, but the strawberry and oak flavors bump up the grade a bit.

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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ryan for opening this one at a recent event. Irma Extra in a glass.

The color was a lighter shade of bronze with some burnt orange sticking out at the sides. The build on the cap was pretty firm for a few before whimpering into a thin sparse cap, no stick.

Smell is ripe with an assortment of fruits and wine barrel aging treatment. Red wine with fruit such as peach, strawberry. A little musty earth quality on the end with a faint amount of malt presense.

Irma hits the mouth hard with wine character and fruit at the forefront. The barnyard notes are light and there is a nice musty brett presense. Red wine, strawberry, peach, some cherry. Oak character is lively but not overkill. A nice sour with a lot of elements.

Feel is less than medium in build. There is a nice pucker in the middle and this ends up having a fruity end with a small linger. Carbonation is spot on and high and felt. Not the most intensely sour beer, but the balance between that and other elements is nicely mixed.

I could do a bottle of this real easy. Easy drinking with a nice flavor. Im digging Mckenzie beers more and more nowadays.

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Irma Extra from McKenzie Brew House
89 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.