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Ananke - Freetail Brewing Company

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 234
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 4.37%
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

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Beer added by: champ103 on 09-12-2010

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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 234
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of mrbubbler himself.

Pours a clear yellow with no head and no lacing. Smell is somewhat sour and tart with some fruit and funk aromas. Taste is the same along with a slightly grainy flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but somewhat restrained for being a wild ale. (394 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the guy who always comes through for a taste of this one. I owe you yet again, Eric! Served at the Jackie O's One Funky Afternoon release in my SAVOR snifter.

Pours a light apricot-peach color with a bit of haze and a white head. Light lacing. The nose is really nice and light. Mild tartness with a bit of peach. Some acidity lingering in the background. Lactic character is mild in the nose but comes out more in the flavor, which is almost like an American-inspired berliner. Light peach and other stone fruits along with a hint of wheat. Light, crisp, and refreshing body that is slightly acidic. Overall, quite enjoyable. (637 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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 (620 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Craig.

Appearance: Pale and cloudy straw blond with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Looks like a Belgian wit.

Smell: Yeasty, spicy, phenolic. Some lacto presence, mild lemony sourness, a lot of pineapple. Kind of smells like pineapple icecream, actually.

Palate: Light bodied bordering on thin, with a ton of sweet and tart pineapple flavor. Tastes better than it smells. Has some witbier characteristics - phenolic and spicy, very lactic, a little peppery. Finish is fruity and lactic but very short.

Overall: Really pretty good - comes off as a mildly sour witbier to me. Enjoyable but not great. (623 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Decided to cap off my night with this gem, Really a very fine example of the style and of barrel aging and aside from that it came highly recommended, so to be honest how could I resist right? Served chilled into a white birch glass, this one was consumed on 11/01/2010.

The pour is a very light yellow in color, light haze to it with a nice and full head of white on top that really has some legs to it as it coats the entire inside of the glass and sticks to just about every that it possibly can before settling down to a still respectable two inches that stayed throughout the session.

Aroma is tart apples right off the bat, very crisp and clean with a nice sour grape coming through as it warms. But then I take the first sip and its over. Clean, clear, crisp and perfectly balanced, it simply stole the show for me. A great hit of sour and funk right at the front, lots of bright fruit flavors, really just a wonderful job here at bringing it all together I have to say. Clean apples, grapes, light grains, a touch of peach are all wonderfully prominent here as well as a light touch of barrel flavor that barely peaks its head up long enough for you to notice. Such a light, crisp and well carbonated body yielded a wonderfully balanced and even feel that left a crisp, dry flavor on the palate that instantly had me looking for more.

Overall it was sublime, one of the best offerings from anyone I have had in a long time. Very well done. (1,450 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the tick, Bobby. Been wanting to try this one for awhile now.

A: The pour is a clear golden straw color with a thin ring of white foam.

S: Pretty decent tartness to the nose to go with a nice little funky character. There's still some malt character to it, but also what seems to be some white grapes. I get somewhat of a lemon-lime soda smell and a lot of CO2.

T: There's a quick bit of lactic acidity on the front end. Seems to be some white grapes, lemon, and green apples. The malt/bread flavor is there also. Pretty simple on the flavor, but it is nice.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high carbonation.

D: A pretty decent sour, especially for a first attempt from Freetail. I would be interested to see how this beer ends up aging. (762 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kan for sharing this one. Served in a Lost Abbey Rastal Teku.

A - Pours with quick-dissolving white foam that quickly settles to a thin ring, leaving a few spots of lace. The body is a semi-opaque golden apricot color.

S - Smells like "American Wild Ale" yeast starter - funky fruits, cracker and dough malt, and light tart apple and grape skins, along with some white wine, a bit of spicy wood, and a hint of lemon and vinegar.

T - Taste is significantly more sour, with white wine, tart apples, and a somewhat yeasty Berliner Weiss style finish.

M - Dry, lightly tannic, lower carbonation, and a medium-light body that suits the lower ABV. Nice to see an American Wild that is under 7%. Quite refreshing.

D - Solid first bottled attempt, and definitely the best wild beer I've had from Texas. I'd definitely have this again if offered. (852 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one blindly

Poured into Lost Abbey Chalice.

Pours a layer of white head. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Both sour and funky. Grape peel with wine barrel aging showing. Some oak and musk. Lemon citrus and barnyard funk. Sour green apple. I like it.

Taste: Barnyard funk, straw, and musk. Sour lemon drops, green apple peel, and tartness. More sour and tart here than funky. It has sour grapes and a bit of oak showing. The grapes make up the wine flavors but that's all I get.

Mouthfeel: Tart and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry, but clean.

Overall, this is a really drinkable sour. A lot of solid flavors. I am shocked that this came out of Texas. I would love to have more of this on a hot summer day. I am impressed. (815 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. Big thanks to jefferz5000 for hooking me up with this one. The cap pries off with a slight hiss. Poured down the center of my glass, this brew appears a clear golden yellow color. About a finger of white head forms across the top and quickly recedes. The cap holds around the outside edge of the glass and leaves some small patches and spots of lace.

The smell of this brew is pretty darn inviting. Lots of lactic sourness to this brew's nose coming across lemon-like mixed with a nice pairing of subtle musty oak. Some funk that is reminiscent of something faintly like stinky cheese and a bit of sulfur rounds out the rest of the aroma.

The taste is lactic sourness that has a citrus element that is a bit lemony. Despite the initial sharp flavoring, this is surprisingly not acidic. Through the body is a light yogurt flavoring and a bit of mild funkiness. Some very tame oak indications are evident across the back which is a nice contrast.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Overall a very decent representation of the style. All and all this is easily approachable and easy drinking but I think it comes up just a little short in the feel. To me this was a little watery. In a way this brew reminds me of a watered down version of Ithaca's Brute. This was my first time enjoying a Freetail offering yet it carried with it a lot of familiar character. Nothing off putting about it at all, just needs a little work to really dial it in. Thanks Jeff! (1,522 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, 12oz bottle received in a recent trade with BelgianBeerGal. Thanks again Amy!

Pours a cloudy golden honey yellow color with a one finger foamy white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Funky, earthy aroma with lots of barrel character and dry bret effervescence. Lots of earthy oak with faint vanilla and a prominent wine presence in the nose. I'm not sure what kind of barrels they used but based on the color and aroma it must be a crisp white wine. Maybe chardonnay? Hints of crisp light fruit, mostly apple but also vinous with a strong grape, light raisin character.

Medium bodied with a good balance of tart sourness, earthy funk, oaky wine barrel character, dry bret and crisp light fruit. Slightly puckering up front but not too funky, sour or acidic with a very prominent vinous wine barrel presence. Earthy with oak tannis and hints of apple, grape and light raisin as well as a silky buttery presence that adds complexity and helps the mouthfeel. I'm also picking up some subtle honey that adds a bit more sweetness. Slight dry finish.

This beer is very well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink. It's not intensely sour or abrasive with a very nice wine barrel flavor that I really enjoy. I'm looking forward to trying more wild ales from Freetail. (1,323 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy golden orange with pale yellow highlights that had a very thin head and almost left no lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was pretty citrusy with some mild acidic tart notes and faint oaky funky notes. The taste was also nice and citrusy but the oaky funky character was more potent on the palate and the acidic tart flavors were a little more mild but had a touch of grapes. The brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, mild oaky funky, but tart finish. Definitely was a tasty wild and drank better than expected. Good lookin out bobby for this tick. (625 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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... (1,415 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle provided by Kan...Pours a light gold peach with a light white head, ok spotty lacing, poor retention...Aroma that is very wine like, dry, apple, grape skin, and yeast, not very sour...The taste and feel are also dry and wine like but sour. I'm not a huge fan of the taste or carbonation level. Either needs to be more or less wine like. (348 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought in a snifter a hazed yellow color with a thin layer of white foam. Pour is pretty full, but shows a touch of clingy lace as the nectar disappears.

Bright and grainy with a definite sour twinge to it. Served a wee bit cold to get full olfactory enjoyment though. Is there coriander in here?

Wow, was not expecting that...it's like a sour wit! Has the soft coriander and some tangy citrus. It really works well and shows some damn fine American innovation here. Kudos to Freetail on this one. Sour enough, but certainly not overbearing. When the bottles are released perhaps some more development of the lacto will make this even better. (645 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color. A small white head forms that fades away quickly, and leaves light lace.
S: This is great. Tart fruits are up front, but the tartness is not dominate. Apples with fleshy peaches, cherries, and grapes. A wonderful dry oak aroma is very prominent. A light vanilla sweetness as well.
T: Again tart fruits of apples and the more fleshy fruits. Peaches, cherries, and lots of musky grape flavors. A nice vanilla sweetness and tons dry oak. A lingering toasted malt/bread flavor as well that give this an interesting depth of flavors. Just awesome.
M/D: A medium body that is very soft. A perfect crispness and very dry. So easy to drink. I can never get enough of this.

Just a great wild ale. Well done Freetail. This will no doubt be a hit when they actually do it for a bottle release. Plenty of tartness going on, but not overdone at all. Very nuanced with lots of layers. Highly recommended. (922 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to t0rin0 for sharing this one while I was in Cali. Served from bottle into a Firestone Walker sampler shaker. Poured a slightly hazy yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, sour, funk, and lemon-lime. The flavor was of sweet malt, slight tart, slight sour, and slight funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. I must say though, that the aroma was better than the flavor. However, the flavor wasn't that bad. Definitely glad I got to try this one. (619 characters)

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