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Ananke - Freetail Brewing Company

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231 Ratings
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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 247
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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Ratings: 231 | Reviews: 66
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.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.07/5  rDev -4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jrallen34
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Ananke from Freetail Brewing Company
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