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Fortuna Roja - Freetail Brewing Company

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94
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 168
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 jaasen64:
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

22oz bottle poured into HF "fest" glass. First beer in our mini Freetail tasting (other beers included Raspberry Ananke, Yo Soy Berliner, and Porto Gallito). This is a sour made with prickly pear (a type of cactus fruit).

A- Pours a fairly still orange yellow reddish grapefruit color that has pretty much no head and fairly low carbonation but looks nice for a sour and has a nice fruity glow to it.

S- Fruity sour aroma that has a light fruity funk to it and smells of melons, pears, and a hint of dill pickles that fits in well with the sourness. Definitely interesting, unique, fairly sour with a nice fruitiness that blends in well.

T- Follow nose with fruity sour flavors of melons, cucumbers, pears, hint of dill pickles on the finish, with a sour melon aftertaste. I'd imagine the fruitiness in the beer (excluding the sour taste from the brett) is what prickly pear tastes like although I can't say for certain seeing as I've never tried one. I can say that fits nicely in a sour and everything was well balanced.

M- Medium bodied, not much carbonation, slight acidic feel typical of a nice sour, overall a nice feel for a sour.

O- This was my first Freetail beer and the first one we tried during our mini Freetail sour tasting. I wasn't sure what to expect from the brewery especially because I had no idea what Prickly Pear tastes like. I thought this beer was creative, very well done, and one of the better sours that I've had. It's great seeing breweries create unique brews using indigenous ingredients that aren't commonly used. I hope to drink this again and I definitely recommend checking it out if you can.

12-12-2012 16:15:53 | More by jaasen64
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-24-2012 07:35:50 | More by standardcherry
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ehammond1


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!

11-30-2011 21:50:05 | More by ehammond1
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glid02

Georgia

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.

04-27-2011 01:02:16 | More by glid02
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-20-2014 03:09:05 | More by acurtis
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BrittQ

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +11%

11-16-2012 18:08:48 | More by BrittQ
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mhenson42

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-19-2012 23:57:14 | More by mhenson42
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Photekut

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

05-19-2013 01:44:46 | More by Photekut
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

02-23-2013 20:29:10 | More by Gonzoillini
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-05-2012 00:30:20 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-23-2012 18:43:38 | More by hiphopj5
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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.

08-30-2011 12:07:23 | More by BeerFMAndy
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baconsausage

Vermont

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.

08-28-2011 17:44:06 | More by baconsausage
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channels321

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-11-2012 04:56:34 | More by channels321
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -29.9%

01-10-2012 08:08:07 | More by ygtbsm94
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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.

05-21-2014 01:29:05 | More by jlindros
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AgentZero

Illinois

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.

04-09-2011 04:31:19 | More by AgentZero
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texasclimber

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-24-2012 22:11:36 | More by texasclimber
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womencantsail

California

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.

02-18-2011 05:36:36 | More by womencantsail
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-07-2013 22:34:43 | More by Hanzo
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champ103

Texas

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.

02-07-2011 00:44:59 | More by champ103
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-03-2012 21:12:56 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Cavery

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-30-2012 07:39:57 | More by Cavery
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bbadger

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-16-2012 14:36:21 | More by bbadger
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-23-2012 01:59:07 | More by ms11781
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Fortuna Roja from Freetail Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.