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Fortuna Roja - Freetail Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 164
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Batch 1 (2011) - 200 Bottles
Batch 2 (2012) - 120 Bottles

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 02-06-2011)
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Reviews by BrittQ:
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

BrittQ, Nov 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

standardcherry, Nov 24, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -8.2%

Bottle

Thanks for sharing this, Cavery!

Bright, vibrant melted watermelon Jolly Rancher in color with a somewhat small off-white head that eventually leaves connect-the-dot lines and spots of lacing down the glass. Interesting, unique, and gorgeous!

One of the strangest aromas I've ever experienced, beer or otherwise. I kid you not, this is the most dill-forward beer I've smelled. Dill, dill pickle juice, and crunchy dill pickles are the main aromas, as well as deli mustard, and leafy, peppery greens like arugula. Strange, and not at all unpleasant, even if my description sounds so.

The flavor is more fruit-forward than the aroma and tastes like watermelon flesh and watermelon rind, along with black pepper, a mild funky yeast character, a mild to strong sourness, and an earthy fruit flavor I'm assuming is prickly pear. Interesting, and actually delicious!

Thin to medium bodied with high moderate to high carbonation.

A unique, interesting, and deliciously strange wild ale. I loved this stuff!

ehammond1, Nov 30, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours a hazy bright reddish-pink color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with bright and slightly tart tropical fruit aromas. Also present are slight amounts of funk and slighter amounts of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately tart tropical fruit flavors – papaya with hints of grapefruit and watermelon. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors fade out somewhat, allowing funk to come into play. The funk fades out near the end of the sip, allowing the fruits to carry through to a mildly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was one of the more interesting AWAs I’ve had in a while. Additionally, this happened to be the second beer I’d had with prickly pears in the week and I found both to be well integrated. Well worth a shot.

glid02, Apr 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

acurtis, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

mhenson42, Sep 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Gonzoillini, Feb 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

GuisseppeFranco, Dec 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

hiphopj5, Oct 23, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +8.2%

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.
6.9% ABV, 200 Bottles (wow), 2011.

Every so often an unknown brewery comes along and completely surprises you with a stellar brew. In this case, Freetail has blown me away. I can't wait to try their other stuff. A huge thanks goes out to Beerwolf77 for sharing this ultra-limited bottle with me.

A - Bright cherry red in color! It's vibrant-yet-hazed and covered by a light pink head. Good retention for the fuzzy foam dispite the acidity, and bits of lace are left clinging to the glass.

S - Sour watermelon Jolly Ranchers! Somewhat artificial in aroma but not in that syrupy, sugary way. Mellow acidity, big fruity undertones, and a swirl changes the game completely. It completely hides the fruit notes and brings out a big armpit funk with biting astringency; almost too much of a yeasty influence.

T - Yep, sour watermelon JRs, ahoy! The fruity flavor is there but neither overpowering or syrupy in the least bit. Almost un-beer-like, Fortuna Roja is loaded with wild yeast notes and good balance despite hops and malt being completely indecipherable. Delicious as hell.

M - Incredibly sour and tart but not to that tongue-bruising level, this well-carbonated, medium-light-bodied beer has a fantasticly biting finish.

O - Freetail has won me over with Fortuna Roja. Exceptional in every regard, this sour watermelon beer is very well balanced and delicious. It's a shame is so limited.

BeerFMAndy, Aug 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Thanks to whoever sent me this bottle. (hopschnapps?) Love the artwork on the label. Beer pours a crystal clear, ruby red. No head, but very effervescent, with small prickly carbonation that fades to a nearly still pour. Smells faintly sour, with a strawberry like aroma on the finish. Taste is a delicate sour, with a light vinegary bite to it. Soft candied fruit flavor balanced by the sourness of it. Faintly Jolly Rancher like. Having had candied prickly pear before, this is what it might taste like as a hard sour candy. Flavor is almost like flower nectar it is so delicate. Really enjoying this brew, as I have most of Freetail's offerings.

baconsausage, Aug 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

channels321, Oct 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +4%

Huge thanks t to rudzud for this one, one I figured I'd never try. 2011 vintage.

No real head, honey orange hazy color, very slight blush colored hue.

Nose great, nice tart funk, little fruity sourness, generic fruity but not really specific, mild lambic aroma into Brett in the background, watermelon candy, little melon like,

Taste brings lots of tart but juicy fruit, fair sourness with a prickly pear like, into big watermelon and generic melon balls. Nice tart generic fruit lambic, with little acidic bite, almost like a citric acid, into a mild sour Brett like funk. Touch of musty acetic acid, and funk, vinous note. Finish is a little dry and sticky flemmy, bit acidic, more lambic and tart fruit.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent bit lighter carb, nice acidic bite.

Overall delicious, not the most phenomenal beer or sour but very good.

jlindros, May 21, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

Kickass looking bottle delivered by Eric FKA Norm McDonald.

A - Wow, I have never seen a beer that looks like this. Looks like a neon-magenta, glow-in-the-dark beverage. I'm sure this would light up like Christmas if you placed a black light next to it. Really, it reminds me of the time I went to a Mexican strip club and they invite the girls to sit on your lap. Then they scam you by having you "buy the girl a drink" and the girls start downing these candy shots with zero alcohol in them for $20 bucks a pop. Of course, you're so drunk on Corona at that point you don't realize what's going on until you're $200 in the hole. Yeah, that sucks.

S - Very fruity, cactus pear juice. A nice sour and tartness in there. It smells sweet nd good.

T - Really like this one, and I think the color is helping. The cactus pear taste is really great, kind of like a fruity, candy drink. Not the type of thing I usually go for, but there is enough sour and tart in there to make it very nice.

M - A little syrupy, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Good beer, different and unique, would love to drink it again. The color alone makes this one worth trying, and the taste is quite good too.

AgentZero, Apr 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

texasclimber, Jan 24, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -16.4%

Thanks to Bobby for this quite rare tick.

A: Pours a shockingly bright red/pink color with a finger of pink head.

S: Wow, this is quite funky. A big bacterial character and a lot of prickly pear (the fruit added to this beer). Smells slightly tart/lactic with quite a lot of fruit. The nose is quite interesting, if nothing else.

T: The flavor is surprisingly, and somewhat disappointingly, sweet. A big sweet, Jolly Rancher/candy flavor. There is a slight tartness to it, and a good prickly pear character. Lots of cactus, too, which I wasn't really expecting.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This one wasn't as good as Ananke, but still not bad. The addition of prickly pear was an interesting choice and made for a very different sour beer.

womencantsail, Feb 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Hanzo, Jan 07, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

A: Pours a beautiful, and bright crimson/rose color. A two finger pink head rises and quickly faces. The foam sticks around as a small cap throughout. Light lace. I really love the color.
S: Funky yeast, lightly acidic, and lots of tart fruits. Prickly pear indeed.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of funk, and a more substantial acidic zest. That prickly pear is really apparent. All the flavors are really clean. I like it a lot, but it does take some getting use to.
M/D: A medium body that is really crisp, clean and dry. Excellent carbonation. Almost tannin like with the fleshy fruits as well. Very easy to drink. I will finish the bottle in no time, and enjoyed several on tap at the brewpub.

This is a really well made, and unique wild ale. The cactus/prickly pear flavor really shocks the senses at first, but it is still really enjoyable. One of the most unique beers I have had anywhere. Highly recommended.

champ103, Feb 07, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

AndyAvalanche, Nov 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Cavery, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

bbadger, Sep 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

ms11781, Sep 23, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

Batch 1, thanks to Jon!

Did I just pour ruby red grapefruit juice? Wow, this looks like a liquified Watermelon Jolly Rancher. Funky, citrusy, fruity aroma. Wishing it were stronger though.

Taste is refined and unique amongst sours. Never had a prickly pear sour before, but whoa this is great! Crisp and refreshing; tart but not overly sour. Not enough of this was made -- seek it out!

brystmar, Aug 11, 2012
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Fortuna Roja from Freetail Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.