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Ananke - Freetail Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 244
Gots: 35 | 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 Urbancaver
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks turd for bringing this to Jackie os

Pours a hazy yellow with a good amunt of white head. Great head retention. Smells very tart and sour. Tastes very smooth and balanced. Tastes a lot like vlad the imp aler. Vry nice overall profile. I'm glad i got to try this one!

Urbancaver, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

corby112, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for this 12oz bottle.

Pours a light cloudy golden yellow with a small fizzy white head that recedes to a small collar and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is nice and sour with lots of lactic notes and tart lemons. There is also a bit of funky, earthy brett and some doughy malts. Throw in the wine notes and you'd got a really great nose.

Taste is a little less sour with a mixture of sweet and tart fruits, lemons mixed with sweet Belgian yeast. The finish is dry and oaky with a tart lemony aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is spritzy with good carbonation and fairly light bodied overall.

This is certainly a great effort from Freetail and if the taste had measured up to the nose, this would be an excellent beer. Still, highly drinkable.

gford217, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

thagr81us, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of craytonic
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: CLear yellow-straw with a touch of amber, very small head with little lacing.

Smell: Gym and sock funkiness with lemon sourness and a biscuit malt backbone

Taste: There seems to be a white grape element to it, also the aforementioned gym/sock funk and biscuity malt. I would assume some sort of wine barrel aging and there is a bit of oak. Very Crisp.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a bit high

Drinkability: Good first shot, needs some work. They need to develop this, perhaps even start blending different years.

craytonic, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Gobzilla, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Daniel for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Lost Abbey tulip. Classy, gorgeous label.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger semi-fine white head with moderate retention. Dissipates down to a thin wisp of white with a thick white layer around the edge of the glass. Beer is a clean, clear goldenrod. Lacing is patchy and patterned with good stick.

S: Nose is aromatic and outstanding. Wine barrels come through crisp. Tart white grapes and lemons tickle the nostrils and muted Brett funkiness in the back lends aromas of band-aid and cobweb. Bit of clove and other spice notes also. Not the most complex or funky but very clean and appetizing.

T: Opens tart white grape skin and pulp and lemon and Brett funkiness in the back. Tartness builds and dries just a bit towards the middle. Yeasty, Brett characteristics come through more. Band-aid, lemon, and yeast at the finish which is very clean. Near no aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and amply carbonated. Lively and bubbly in the mouth. Puckering upfront and dries slightly towards the end. Oily and silky sliding down. Clean finish with just a slightly saliva-y aftertaste.

D: This is one of those beers where you open your last one and you think shit... well now I have to get more... I have no choice. A very very under-the-radar American Wild Ale... this is every bit as good as the hyped Veritas series or Russian River sours. Simply a fantastic beer.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of ckeegan04
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy, golden orange color with a thin fizzy-white cap. Foam quickly fades to a thin white ring.

S - Over ripe fruits, especially pear and a bit of peach. Strong barnyard funkiness. A bit of band aid comes through as it warms.

T - Very tart initially with hints of lemon, apple and pear. Light biscuity sweetness provides the backbone. Barnyard funk comes in mid-drink and lasts well through the finish.

M/D - Light and crisp with a very active carbonation. Great drinkability on this one. Definitely not a bad stab at a sour by these guys, looking forward to more from them.

ckeegan04, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

jrallen34, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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 kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a ever so slightly hazed golden straw color with a bone white fluffy head that both coasters and collars around my tulip glass. Funky, floral, winey nose that is very enticing. The wine aroma is very evident. More sour in the taste vs. funky than I would have thought given the nose. Sour grape taste give way to funky barnyard floral notes. Lemon notes as well with funky aftrtaste. I can't get over how funky the nose is compared to the taste. Light mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

kbutler1, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

mothman, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
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 jefferz5000
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this one on a lazy Sunday afternoon, with my pops by my side for moral support.

Pours a beautiful, hazy, strong golden hue. A white, soapy bubbled head of about a quarter inch disappears as quickly as it forms.

Smells wonderful, with lovely notes of funk and white wine. Some oak in there as well. I'm really enjoying just smelling this beer.

Taste is quite nice and light with some pleasureful tartness. Hints of unripe stone fruits in there with again, white wine like qualities, thanks to the aging process.

Well carbonated, but not overdone. Just right. Slightly dry finish.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. I'm having to slow myself down. I think Freetail ought to start getting more attention as they continue to release brews of this caliber. I wish they would bottle more! Well done.

jefferz5000, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few bottles at the Freetail Ananke release yesterday. 12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip.

Ananke pours an attractively hazy body with a deep goldenrod color. Carbonation is thin and builds little more than a slim ring of foam at the top of the glass. Excellent aroma delivers tart lemon zest & wine-barrel oak. The wood smells dry and slightly funky, but citrus fruit is the highlight here. Sweet melon, dry grass, and bread crust provide a nice backdrop for the sourness.

The wine barrels make their presence felt most in the flavor of Ananke, hitting the front of the palate with dry, wooden tannins. Tart lemon and unripened white grapes quickly follow suit, laying down a nice puckering sourness. Slight graininess in the finish with tropical fruits and musty oak. Mouthfeel is crisp and slick on the tongue, with a low carbonation level and juicy finish. Ananke might taste dry, but the body is quite juicy and refreshing, making this Wild Ale one of the more drinkable versions of the style I've come across. Quite the unique beer, but I'd expect nothing less from Freetail. Definitely worth the trip to San Antonio...

wagenvolks, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of spaceycasey
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap 9/12, fortunately it was still on tap - keg blew moments after I got my serving. Served in a 12 oz snifter.

A - hazy golden with small white head that quickly disappears, but leaves fair amount of lazing. Scott was behind the bar and explained that the keg tapped was the last filled when emptying the barrel, and the appearance of future tappings/bottles should be more clear.

S - Sour lacto character up front, but not dominating. Citrus, tart green apple, corriander, light oak. Wonderfully fragrant.

T - Like heaven in my mouth? As previous mentioned, wit characters come through. Grainy wheat, citrus, lactobacillus, tart jolly rancher. Wonderful.

M - Maybe my favorite part. Extremely delicate and soft on the pallate with just the perfect amount of mouth-puckering tartness.

D - I love sours, but with all of them eventually the acidity limits the drinkability. I didn't feel this one was too acidic as to make it hard to drink more than one. The $8 price tag might, however.

Overall, another wonderful beer by Freetail. Maybe their best yet up with BA OBR and La Muerta. Good things happening in Texas. Can't wait until bottle release day!

spaceycasey, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

twiggamortis420, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of xpimptastikx
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy golden with small off white head, recedes to light lacing.
S - Sour apple, lemon, with light oak, and funk.
T - Initial citric lemon with a medium sweetness. like an oak aged lemonade?
M/D - Slightly dry with a lightly tannic finish. Not abrasive or offensive in anyway.

While it might be pretty straight forward, I can say that I'm happy to have tried this and even happier there will be bottles in another month. Thank you Freetail for continuing to do these lovely experiments.

xpimptastikx, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of champ103
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

champ103, Sep 12, 2010
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Ananke from Freetail Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.