Ananke - Freetail Brewing Company

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 246
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: 233 | Reviews: 66
Photo of gford217
4.24/5  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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
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!

Photo of Rutager
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thank you to Hoppypocket for this treat. 2012 bottle.

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with a finger of white head that settles to a collar pretty quickly.

Smell. Nice sweet oaky funk, white wine and vanilla, a little citrus and light stone fruits.

Taste. Sour light stone fruits and a bit of citrus, oaky vanilla and a bit of coconut, light funkyness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, medium-low fine carbonation.

Overall. Really enjoyed this one. It's fruity, sour and light enough to drink all day with some awesome oak characteristics. Thanks again hoppypocket, best american sour I've had in a while!

Photo of Sean9689
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Carleton (SpdKilz)!

A - Pours a pale yellow color, white head, wisps.

S - Lemon citrus, light lactic tartness, white wine grapes. All very light and subtle which makes the nose pretty refreshing.

T - Lemon peel, citrus, lactic tart/sour notes, grape skins, and a light herbal quality. This is lighter then some "berliner's" I've had as of late. Finish is dry lemon and light tartness.

M - Light body, zesty carbonation, dry finish.

O - A nice light sour which I was able to destroy in no time. Perfect for a hot summers day or just something to drink if you'd rather drink a beer over some light lemonade. Enjoyable.

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, xpimptastikx!

Light, clear orange and light copper in color with a small white head.

Some mild tart character in the aroma, along with a touch of funk, some peach and white fruit notes, and some earth.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with a nice and light combination of tartness and funk, along with white fruit and a bit of lemon.

Thin to medium bodied with high carbonation.

Very drinkable. Very tasty.

Photo of homebrew311
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Goose Island glass. Appearance is a cloudy yellow with zero head and no lacing. The aroma is full of sourdough, lemon, white wine, and lactic acid. The taste starts with a considerable amount of tartness and reminds me a bit of a lemon Warhead. There is an interplay of candied sweetness which adds a very interesting dimension to the flavor. The finish is dry and leaves a mild lingering tartness on the palate. The carbonation is perhaps a little low, but the mouthfeel is refreshing nonetheless. Overall, this sour offers a terrific balance of tartness and sweetness. Very drinkable. Well done!

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks Tim & Moc for sharing...
The beer pours a honey yellow with a thin, loose white head that doesn't lace. The nose is a sour chardonnay and definitely drinks the same. In comparison to others, this is a relatively drinkable sour with a subtle wine grape tartness followed by heavy attenuated, acidic, dryness in the aftertaste. The beer has a light body and ample carbonation.
Definitely a great beer and definitely worth trying again.

Photo of elNopalero
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ElkSherpa for sharing.

Last time I had this (my first time I had it, in other words) was pre-BA reviewing. Always nice to revisit something—especially when they’re as good as this one.

The base beer for FreeTail’s barrel-aged wild ales, this pours a cloudy straw-blonde color, almost like a Belgian wit. There’s an immediate, upfront sour/tart aroma with some oaked notes. The flavor is very front-loaded, with an obvious souring showing hints of verbena and vanilla. Tart, with a dry lemony flavor and a pleasing sweetness which shows through. Delicate and light, it could get easily lost or overwhelmed by stronger sours.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.24/5  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...

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz, 2013
Hill Farmstead glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy light orange, yellow like color. Collar of tight bubbled bright white head. Fluffy bubbles. Typical sour carbonation.

S: Initially I got a slightly strange off smell of vomit. Very vinous. White grape. Tart green apple.

T: On the tip of the tongue, nice punch of sour. Prickles the tongue. Definitely vinous. White wine with white grape. Grains. Funk. Chalk. Nearly bone dry finish.

M: Light bodied.

Photo of Phelps
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by ottovon during a tasting, this here’s a wild ale aged in used wine casks for 7 months and named after the Greek goddess of necessity. I need a snifter to pour it in, so I go get one.

Mostly clear honey in color, with a very short-lived head of white that fizzles away right away to a thin ring.

Average sour aroma. Lemon peel, green apple, roses, grapefruit, funky farmhouse brett. Some floral sweetness as well.

Strawberry lemonade! Lemon peel, wheat bread, lilac. A perfect amount of bretty tartness runs away before the smooth, clean finish — a balance of floral and sweet honey

Light carbonation massages the tongue, but the beer holds together well as it moves about. The tartness is never too crazy.

It’s not life-changing, but it is a very decent, drinkable sour. Had I easier access, I could see myself buying lots of this to get me through hot summer days.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed next a fire, while sitting in a recliner pondering the highlights of the past year and the impending amazing life changes coming in the next.

Bottle courtesy of MikeyV....thank you! 2010 model...

Pours a light-medium yellow with some dish soap bubbles that vanish completely, leaving a still surface.

Just loads of white wine on the nose. With eyes closed one might be hard pressed to peg this as a beer. Sour acidic white melon..honeydew?

Touch of sweetness up front is immediately washed away but a firm yet moderate sourness. White grapes, green apple, lemon and a slight acidity that's felt at the back of the jaw, but doesn't pucker. Juicy finish yields only a flash of tannins.

Nicely carbonated with a good round feel. Slightly juicy..each sip begs for another.

Overall, this was really enjoyable. By no means over the top, but very well executed. I have no idea what the base beer here is, but it has really been taken over by the wine barrel characteristics. Very nice, thoroughly drinkable, and highly enjoyable.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright straw yellow with a minimal white head fading into a wisp. Decent lacing.

Smells a little funky with a lot of white wine notes. Almost like a chardonnay. Some lemon, apple and a slight spiciness.

Lots of bright lemon, apple and pear burst at the front of the tongue. Mustiness throughout almost like a good gueuze. Dries out very quickly and finishes a bit oaky again like a dry white wine such as Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. Can definitely tell the wine barrel influence on this.

Light mouthfeel with good carbonation levels.

I really enjoyed this beer. Light and crisp with lots of good flavors. I'd recommend this to share with any wine loving friends.

Photo of brystmar
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nate for the bottle. A sour from my hometown -- very excited for this one!

Cloudy lemon color, minimal white ring remains up top. Strong citrus aroma reminds me of smelling Lemon-Lime Gatorade powder. A little funky, this is gonna be tart.

Fruity flavor profile, mild funk and tartness. Boldness of the flavors subsides quickly, finishing dry and just a bit watery. What's here is good; bring everything more forward and you've got a real winner.

A solid American sour that I'm proud to say came from my stomping grounds. Should improve nicely with age. I've got high hopes for the next batch too!

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.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.57/5  rDev +8%
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.

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!

Photo of jdense
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Freetail $5.50 12 oz goblet 6.8.12.

Cloudy medium gold body no visible carbonation nary any head just a thin ring around edge of glass. Light peach aromas, pears, very light floral hops. Taste is equal parts sour and tart, mainly tart up front, wet hay and dry horseblanket on the middle leading to pretty dry finish
Medium mouthfeel not much effervescence. Pretty interesting but IMO could have used a bit more time in barrel. Worth a try for sourheads.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden straw color on the brew, ring of bone white head. Some lacing with a swirl.

The smell seems heavy on the Brett and wine, not much oak or tartness present. Funky, straw malt little bit of lemon zest as well. The taste follows suit but with an extra layer of sweetness and a bit of a wisp of sour in the aftertaste. A very dry and falls off with a sweet tart sort if powdery sweet sour. Lemongrass as well. Feel is ok, a bit watery and leaves a lemony sort of tartness on the tongue.

Overall good but not amazing. Little disappointing for me.

Photo of Treebs
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in Portsmouth tulip. From the most recent release. Bottle courtesy of Carleton (SpdKilz). Thanks buddy!

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a quick dissolving white foam head. It shrinks to a thing ring and some light whisps.

S: Mild tart lemon with some light funk and a little pale wheat and malt combination.

T: Some mild tartness up front with some lemon grass, a little bitter fruit rind and a touch of sourness on the finish.

M: Light bodied with smooth carbonation and a refreshing mouthfeel.

O: Very easy drinking wild ale. Not in your face at all and goes down easy.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to bauermj for bringing this over.

Appearance: The beer itself is a pale champagne yellow with a scarce white head that fades pretty much right away.

Smell: The aroma is strong at first but fades a little bit. Slight tartness, citrus rind, a little bit of funk, and some white grape. A bit of funk in the back.

Taste: The flavor is mostly sour, not much funk in the flavor. Tart green apple, some white grape and some lemon zest comes on stronger as the sip progresses. Overall a fairly mellow flavor.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a bit light, as is the body. The tartness is on the light side, leading to only a light salivation with each sip.

Overall: My sense is that Freetail stayed a bit conservative with their first sour. It was good, but more delicate than the aggressive sour style I like.

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.

Photo of silentjay
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very hazy straw color with a smallish pure white head that quickly recedes but laces well.

lots of tart green apple skin, white wine, a bit funky, fruity, and with some hay aromas.

sweet tart candies, green apple candies, green apple peel, concord grape skins, white wine, not overly sour, but plenty of tingly tartness.

medium bodied with nice, fluffy carbonation that accentuates the tingly tartness nicely.

nice tart, yet refreshing beer that is pretty flavorful. would definitely have again.

Photo of brew3crew
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks turd!

A-golden yellow with no head whatsoever
S-just like I would want a belgian to taste like. Very strong yeast.
T-very sour. My palate is developed enough to pick much ayhing else out, really like it
M-mdium body and sweet
O-nice sour. My mouth is watering for more!

Ananke from Freetail Brewing Company
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