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Ananke - Freetail Brewing Company

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 245
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 Sean9689


3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 16:41:22 | More by Sean9689
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 21:00:28 | More by ehammond1
Photo of Florida9


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-06-2013 03:51:15 | More by Florida9
Photo of BMart


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-10-2013 15:38:47 | More by BMart
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-12-2014 12:18:24 | More by warnerry
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4.23/5  rDev 0%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 01:55:48 | More by homebrew311
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

03-09-2013 23:07:36 | More by Jspriest
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 18:29:25 | More by wagenvolks
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-18-2011 05:59:29 | More by duff247
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British Columbia (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 20:15:08 | More by Rutager
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-28-2014 10:06:30 | More by jbaker67
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-26-2013 15:21:59 | More by thewimperoo
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-22-2014 03:32:10 | More by akang
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-28-2014 23:52:15 | More by TX-Badger
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-08-2013 03:43:46 | More by Zbeetleman
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 19:13:03 | More by ThePorterSorter
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-04-2014 22:40:35 | More by Dicers
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4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 18:56:50 | More by inlimbo77
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-11-2013 15:11:13 | More by Adamostella
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-13-2014 21:01:40 | More by vonnegut21
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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 18:26:14 | More by Phelps
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 21:21:15 | More by elNopalero
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-21-2013 02:13:21 | More by SpdKilz
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

10-11-2013 14:41:22 | More by CoolEthan
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-22-2011 01:57:23 | More by Photekut
Ananke from Freetail Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.