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Ananke - Freetail Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

218 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 243
Gots: 36 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 09-12-2010)
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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5.7%

t0rin0, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

djrn2, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.7%

acurtis, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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

brentk56, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Texasfan549, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

kjkinsey, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

womencantsail, Jan 07, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

emerge077, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

largadeer, May 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

JAHMUR, Jun 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

SocalKicks, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

MasterSki, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

drabmuh, May 23, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of beernads
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

beernads, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -5.7%

imperialking, May 30, 2012
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Ananke from Freetail Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.