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Ananke - Freetail Brewing Company

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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 234
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 244
Gots: 34 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: champ103 on 09-12-2010

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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 234
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan!

This is my second time enjoying this beer. The beer is a hazy, golden straw hue with a small ring of pure white head. The aroma brings funk, lemon, white wine, hay, sweet tarts. Sour with some tangy citrus notes. A touch of oak with some nice brett presence. Light to medium in body with a puckering finish. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden straw color on the brew, ring of bone white head. Some lacing with a swirl.

The smell seems heavy on the Brett and wine, not much oak or tartness present. Funky, straw malt little bit of lemon zest as well. The taste follows suit but with an extra layer of sweetness and a bit of a wisp of sour in the aftertaste. A very dry and falls off with a sweet tart sort if powdery sweet sour. Lemongrass as well. Feel is ok, a bit watery and leaves a lemony sort of tartness on the tongue.

Overall good but not amazing. Little disappointing for me.

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Photo of Rutager
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thank you to Hoppypocket for this treat. 2012 bottle.

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with a finger of white head that settles to a collar pretty quickly.

Smell. Nice sweet oaky funk, white wine and vanilla, a little citrus and light stone fruits.

Taste. Sour light stone fruits and a bit of citrus, oaky vanilla and a bit of coconut, light funkyness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, medium-low fine carbonation.

Overall. Really enjoyed this one. It's fruity, sour and light enough to drink all day with some awesome oak characteristics. Thanks again hoppypocket, best american sour I've had in a while!

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Photo of jeonseh
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Lemon, lactic acid and wheat in the nose. Light orange citrus and oak as well

T - Tart lemon, light sour sweet tarts. Light vinegar presence as well that gives it a sharp edge. It has a slight funky, oaky orange citrus that reminds me slightly of juicy..

M - Light carbonation that give the beer a soft feeling. Dry finish

O - A good light sour that is a bit muted overall. It is definitely refreshing and could see myself really enjoying it on a hot TX day.

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Photo of spicelab
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge props to nicks6217 for surprising me with this.

Mildly hazed golden straw with a short-lived white head that falls to a slight collar. Assertive bead.

Nose is a lovely marriage of tart citrus and rounded barrel notes. Vibrant lemon, grapefruit and blood orange supported by a refined vinous oak canvas, with hints of heather and fennel.

The acidity goes into overdrive, lending full-on sherbety qualities to the citrus. But at the same time, the white wine and oak character softens the rough edges.

Buzzy and tangy entry, mellowing gradually as the oak and tannins smooth things out.

Bloody tight. The base wild ale would almost be too hot to handle on its own, but the barrel treatment keeps it firmly grounded and ensures drinkability.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 7.7.13
2013 Vintage

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a fizzy two inch off-white head that fades fast.

S - Tart, red wine, fruit, raspberry, cherry pear.

T - Very tart, lots of red wine barrel, still lost of fruit. Cherry, raspberry, read apple, pear.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Tart and lots of red wine influence, but tons of fruitiness. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Freetail snifter
important to use proper glassware J/K
pours a golden color little head and very little lacing if any
smell is fruit cherry-citrus tart funk
taste follows the smell smooth light tart
fruit not acidity crisp multiple citrus flavors
definitely could drink the whole bottle but split with girlfriend
would definitely get again if have opportunity

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz, 2013
Hill Farmstead glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy light orange, yellow like color. Collar of tight bubbled bright white head. Fluffy bubbles. Typical sour carbonation.

S: Initially I got a slightly strange off smell of vomit. Very vinous. White grape. Tart green apple.

T: On the tip of the tongue, nice punch of sour. Prickles the tongue. Definitely vinous. White wine with white grape. Grains. Funk. Chalk. Nearly bone dry finish.

M: Light bodied.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale. Slightly hazy. Light yellow and a few wisps.

Smell - Oaky. A bucket of white wine. Some malts. Lots of vanilla.

Taste - Grainy and sour at the same time. Lemon sour. White wine all over. Light fruits.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Grainy. Nice acidity.

Overall - Simple but flavorful.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, xpimptastikx!

Light, clear orange and light copper in color with a small white head.

Some mild tart character in the aroma, along with a touch of funk, some peach and white fruit notes, and some earth.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with a nice and light combination of tartness and funk, along with white fruit and a bit of lemon.

Thin to medium bodied with high carbonation.

Very drinkable. Very tasty.

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Photo of emerge077
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan for sharing this one with us! Quick review from written notes.

Hazed pale gold in the glass, spotty arcs of lacing around the edges.

Heavy citrus aroma, blend of orange and grapefruit. Very tart and fruity taste, again big citrus notes of the same fruits in the aroma. Finishes pleasantly dry, overall this Wild Ale is very well balanced and extremely drinkable, with plenty of unique character. Recommended.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma consists of sour and tart notes with some light oak also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by tart notes with some sour notes and oak also perceptible and well balanced acidity which is not overly dominant. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing spectacular about his beer but well brewed overall with good balance and limited acidity.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Thanks to wagenvolks for this bottle!

Goddess of inevitability made manifest in a beer? Right on. This stuff pours a cloudy pale-ish straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-sweet lemon zest, oak, and a light hint of toffee in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with a general yet subtle increase in tartness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly creamy feel. Overall, a nice wild, nothing quite spectacular, but something eminently enjoyable.

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Photo of rudzud
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade and poured my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light straw hue with a one finger head that faded to leave a nice light cloud with a good rich white halo. Very nice, almost like a Berliner.

S - Very soft and subtle on the nose. Super light chardonnay barrels with the light barrel wood that goes with it. Some light lemons and nice faint barnyard funk along with Brett. While the aromas are a bit soft they are all solid.

T - Sourness and vanilla were the first things to jump. Vanilla really leaps at me, nice almost buttery that comes from a good heavy barrel aging. Excellent. After that bright citrus and lemons come out that are intermingled with delicious funky Brett notes. I dont really get much fruit like others have said (pineapple, stonefruit, pine), which is unfortunate as I would love to see some of those flavours. This is actually mighty delicious. As soft as the nose is the flavours really pop in the mouth with nice tartness, vanilla, vinous chardonnay, and solid Brett.

M - Mouthfeel is light and crisp with the perfect amount of lighter carbonation for the style. Lightly puckering/flem inducing. Spot on.

O - Overall, I just cant get past that rich woody vanilla. The vanilla presence here is stronger than in some stouts that have legit vanilla in them! Its excellent and works wonderfully with the sharp lemon and Brett. Best beer out Texas? Quite possible...

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Daniel! 2012 bomber, poured in a Vinum Extreme flute.

Brilliant, slightly hazy golden color. No head. Bubbles large and tiny rise lazily to the surface.

Smells like tart old white wine barrel, good combo of fresh fruit (white grape and pineapple) and deep, earthy, savory, briny notes. Some dried fruit, and a hint of pine forest.

Great tart, saline fruit flavor, with enough funky complexity to keep it interesting. Fresh and pure. Refreshing and highly drinkable, thirst quenching to the point of chuggability. Long tart, saline finish with just a touch of overt oak.

It's been a while since I had this, and it's just as enjoyable as I remember it. Excellent beer, great purity. Wish beer like this came in 6-packs!

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Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale lemon color with a very modest head that disappears rather quickly but leaves a smattering of dots in the tulip

Smell: Barnyard funk galore, with lemon, white wine grapes and oak underneath

Taste: Lactic sourness, up front, with developing lemon, white wine grape and oak flavors; other stone fruit elements round out the profile; dry and funky, after the swallow, but not as complex as the aroma had inferred

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with low to moderate carbonation; puckery

Overall: A very nice sour - on the lighter side but refreshingly tart

Thanks, mhenson42, for the opportunity

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Photo of ubufan2112
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade
650 ml Bottle with 2012 date on label.
Label states 6.8% ABV
Poured into Russian River Tulip.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with little carbonation. A thin white head quickly dissipates. No lacing.

S: Very clean lemon tart nose with a good dose of funk underlying.

T: Taste follows nose. Bright acidity, with a Brett funkiness that balances out the whole package. I get more of the funk and wine barrel characteristics as the beer begins to warm. The funk leaves a nice long finish on my palate.

M: Very light and crisp on the palate. Medium to low carbonation that's just right for this style. Refreshing.

O: Overall a well crafted sour. Good balance between sour and funk. Refreshingly sour, but no so that it wears out your palate. Would definitely drink again!!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy goldenrod yellow color. Some white froth and lace formed.

(S)- A funky lemon rind and funky Brett characters. A bit acidic with some subtle dry oak.

(T)- A nice combo of bone dry funk combined with tart lemon peel. Its not overly complex, but very harmonious besides.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. I really like the simple combo of dry but acidic lemon rind and a funky Brett oakiness. At the same time being very crisp and refreshing too.

(O)- Definitely not a full-bodied beer, but a PERFECT summer beer. Hugely crisp and refreshing, but still light, dry, and funky too.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks Tim & Moc for sharing...
The beer pours a honey yellow with a thin, loose white head that doesn't lace. The nose is a sour chardonnay and definitely drinks the same. In comparison to others, this is a relatively drinkable sour with a subtle wine grape tartness followed by heavy attenuated, acidic, dryness in the aftertaste. The beer has a light body and ample carbonation.
Definitely a great beer and definitely worth trying again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is not too sour - I get some wheat and grain notes, with not too much else going on. The flavor is more of what I was expecting. I get some lactic tartness, as well as some sour wheat and lemon notes. I also get some oak-aged notes, as well as some subtle white wine character and some biscuit malt. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Humulus85
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to by boy tjkinate for this one. From a 22 oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. 2012 Vintage

Pours very hazy light gold with small half-finger head that dissipated almost instantly. Very little lacing.

Lemony tartness, some barnyard funk, grainy malt, a bit of wood from the barrel. Clean and appropriate for the style.

Moderate lacto tartness upfront, a citric like sourness. Nice bit of wet funk in the middle. White wine barrel. Balanced out by a surprisingly prominent bready grain bill. Finishes tart and dry.

Very light in body, with tons of active effervescent carbonation. Definitely tart, but not too puckering. Finishes nice and dry with a lingering tart aftertaste. Very drinkable.

Overall this is a pretty solid American Wild. Very Gueuze like, reminded my of Lindeman's Gueuze Cuvee Rene. Nothing too complex here, except for the very nice malt. Maybe a year in the cellar would add some depth. I would love to try the variations on this brew. Recommended to any fan of Sours. Thanks again tjkinate. Cheers!

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Photo of jdense
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Freetail $5.50 12 oz goblet 6.8.12.

Cloudy medium gold body no visible carbonation nary any head just a thin ring around edge of glass. Light peach aromas, pears, very light floral hops. Taste is equal parts sour and tart, mainly tart up front, wet hay and dry horseblanket on the middle leading to pretty dry finish
Medium mouthfeel not much effervescence. Pretty interesting but IMO could have used a bit more time in barrel. Worth a try for sourheads.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Carleton (SpdKilz)!

A - Pours a pale yellow color, white head, wisps.

S - Lemon citrus, light lactic tartness, white wine grapes. All very light and subtle which makes the nose pretty refreshing.

T - Lemon peel, citrus, lactic tart/sour notes, grape skins, and a light herbal quality. This is lighter then some "berliner's" I've had as of late. Finish is dry lemon and light tartness.

M - Light body, zesty carbonation, dry finish.

O - A nice light sour which I was able to destroy in no time. Perfect for a hot summers day or just something to drink if you'd rather drink a beer over some light lemonade. Enjoyable.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Goose Island glass. Appearance is a cloudy yellow with zero head and no lacing. The aroma is full of sourdough, lemon, white wine, and lactic acid. The taste starts with a considerable amount of tartness and reminds me a bit of a lemon Warhead. There is an interplay of candied sweetness which adds a very interesting dimension to the flavor. The finish is dry and leaves a mild lingering tartness on the palate. The carbonation is perhaps a little low, but the mouthfeel is refreshing nonetheless. Overall, this sour offers a terrific balance of tartness and sweetness. Very drinkable. Well done!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in a snifter. Beer is yellow and hazy with a nice white head, some lacing, low retention, moderate to high carbonation.

Aroma is lactic and grainy.

Beer is light and lemony in flavor and body, it has a grainy aftertaste / late palate bitterness, over extracted maybe? It is interesting but not great, think of a lemony berlinerweiss or a light sour. I don't think I'd have it again.

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Ananke from Freetail Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.