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Ananke - Freetail Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

209 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 246
Gots: 37 | 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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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-30-2012 21:58:17 | More by imperialking
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 00:41:36 | More by stakem
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 01:40:25 | More by mothman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 17:25:35 | More by Huhzubendah
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

08-25-2013 06:37:26 | More by drewone
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-06-2013 23:54:00 | More by mdaschaf
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-06-2013 03:57:48 | More by Gonzoillini
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-14-2011 10:50:12 | More by TurdFurgison
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-06-2013 06:07:07 | More by tobelerone
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jrallen34

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 17:36:10 | More by jrallen34
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-26-2012 21:21:00 | More by drummermattie02
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 17:20:32 | More by HuskyinPDX
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 14:19:40 | More by thagr81us
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 01:53:36 | More by Alieniloquium
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2010 16:32:06 | More by twiggamortis420
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gford217

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 00:14:48 | More by gford217
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champ103

Texas

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2010 02:42:13 | More by champ103
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Gobzilla

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 19:58:45 | More by Gobzilla
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

06-06-2012 02:50:45 | More by bsuedekum
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FosterJM

California

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1261st Review on BA
Bottle to Oakuinox taster
22oz bottle

Thanks to lnashsig for this one

Shared at Beachwood's BBQ Long Beach, Ode to Lambic

App- This was the color of water mixed with lemonade mix with no bubbles, just some floaties in the glass.

Smell- Getting better, here we go but I was shocked. This smelled just like a witbier. Malty, lemon and some soft citrus.

Taste- Well in the words of CPAbeer,"This is a session sour if I have ever tasted one". This was very light all the way around. Great crisp flavor with some lemons and then moves into a soft wheat flavor with a bit mild oak and some white wine flavors.

Mouth- A very light body. I get this is the base sour but wanted more punch I guess. A light medium soft carbonation. A little pineapple on the finish.

Drink- This was pretty damn good. I am really going off the taste of this beer vs. looks or smell. Sessionable, crisp, this, but well flavored. Thanks Lee!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 23:02:05 | More by FosterJM
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 02:39:35 | More by rudzud
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 13:43:13 | More by sweemzander
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Lare453

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

07-13-2013 06:00:36 | More by Lare453
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-25-2014 02:46:16 | More by AngusOg
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-06-2013 03:54:54 | More by eawolff99
Ananke from Freetail Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.