Fortuna Roja - Freetail Brewing Company
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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.
02-18-2011 05:36:36 | More by womencantsail
4.4/5 rDev +2.8%
Review #1300. Thanks to TurdFurgison for sharing this one. Served in a wine glass.
A - Quick-dissolving white foam that settles to a thin, partial ring and no lace. The body is a hot lipstick color that reminds me of prickly pear cactus flesh (or my old fuchsia Chevy Cavalier).
S - Bretty funk, tropical fruit juice, ripe prickly pear cacti. Very fruity and juice, with light lactic notes.
T - Fruity and funk brett, light sourness, and plenty of cactus pear. It's like fruit punch with a lightly sour finish. Really surprised to learn this was 7% too. Not the most complex wild, but delicious in my opinion.
M - Medium-light body, mildly zesty carbonation, lightly finish with some tannic, starchy fruit texture as well.
D - This stuff was great and I'd have gladly consumed the bottle on my own. I'd love to see if it sours up a bit over time, but it's quite enjoyable in its current state. I've been really enjoying Freetail's wild beers, and am looking forward to seeing what they come up with next.
04-01-2011 22:20:05 | More by MasterSki
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
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
4/5 rDev -6.5%
I got this bottle from jefferz5000 (thanks Jeff), and shared it in Chicago at a Thai BYOB restaurant. A cactus juice infused take on a Belgian style, served with Thai food in the midwest's finest city.
The beer pours a pink color, almost red, clear with little/no foam. The aroma is brett and lemon, also what I take to be cactus (who really drinks cactus juice anyway?). The flavor is tart and sour, not seriously acidic so maybe that's the contribution of the cactus pear. Very tasty and maybe just a little fruity, nice.
Very drinkable, I could have easily slammed the whole bottle in short order. I'm going after future Freetail wilds whenever possible.
09-05-2011 01:08:22 | More by TurdFurgison
4.6/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a very interesting pink/red, even the head has a pink tinge to it and disappears to a ring quickly.
The smell is the best part of this beer, fresh prickly pear with a lot of funk, slightly lemony too -- I kept smelling this for a long time before drinking.
Taste is fruity first, funky second. Prickly pear comes through very well, citrus in the background. Not too much sourness.
Very effervescent, refreshing on the tongue; combined with the taste, this is one very good and refreshing beer.
Would love to see more great sours like this from Freetail.
06-13-2011 20:31:09 | More by drummermattie02
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
4.6/5 rDev +7.5%
Thanks to Eric... A great color of magenta, reminds me of CCB Pilot Series Dragon Passionfruit. A great super pink head, forms a great ring, awesome... The aroma is light funk with floral and herbal cactus notes. Really interesting.... The taste is a sweeter than I imagined, sugared flower water with some cactus juice, light tart raspberry finish... This is pretty outstanding, would love to have again.
05-30-2011 15:02:27 | More by jrallen34
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
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
4.53/5 rDev +5.8%
Received in one of my first trades ever, shared with JLindros and Threelions. 2011 vintage, review number 1700.
A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear blush hue with no head but loads of effervescent.
S - Aromas of light funk, tart fruit, sour candies, prickly pear fruit, brett, tart almost powder smarties. Really really pleasant.
T - Taste is very tart, almost juicy prickly pear, light funk, floral, flower petals, watermelon jolly ranchers, sweet candy. Refreshing. Loads of prickly pear.
M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp.
O - Overall this beer was tasty, everything I hoped it would be. Loads of prickly pear, nice funk, really tasty.
05-16-2014 21:05:48 | More by rudzud
3.93/5 rDev -8.2%
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
4.19/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours a grapefruit off-red color, large head, really stunning.
Smells tart but not terribly sour, sweet fruity watermelon...smells like a Jolly Rancher.
Tastes like a Jolly Rancher too but there's more going on. The focus is watermelon/guava like fruit, obviously the prickly pear, but it's odd and hard to describe--guess my palate isn't used to prickly pear. Tart, but not really acidic or funky, just kindof like a tart candy. Pretty light and sweet. Really delicious and definitely unlike anything I've had.
Great and unique beer. I knew I wanted it just because it sounded weird, but it was definitely worth the trouble to find it.
03-10-2013 01:16:33 | More by AlexFields
Fortuna Roja from Freetail Brewing Company
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