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Fortuna Roja - Freetail Brewing Company

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 170
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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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +11%

11-16-2012 18:08:48 | More by BrittQ
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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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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-18-2012 19:50:20 | More by bauermj
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-16-2012 12:14:32 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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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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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

10-01-2012 00:36:07 | More by t0rin0
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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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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-23-2012 01:34:33 | More by kjkinsey
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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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jl28r1

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

09-16-2012 19:48:29 | More by jl28r1
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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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brystmar

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 20:22:32 | More by brystmar
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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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texasclimber

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-16-2012 21:34:32 | More by jhimstedt
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -29.9%

01-10-2012 08:08:07 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +11%

01-03-2012 05:02:16 | More by Texasfan549
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duff247

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-18-2011 06:01:26 | More by duff247
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ehammond1


3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-17-2011 23:08:16 | More by imperialking
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 01:08:22 | More by TurdFurgison
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 12:07:23 | More by BeerFMAndy
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I simply can't thank my regular trade partner exiled enough for this one. Jason sent me a box loaded with an assortment of Freetail wilds. I love sours like nothing else so to say I'm grateful is an understatement. Bottle split into tulips with my sour sidekick.

A: Slightly cloudy pink melon hue. Small light pink head fades quick and leaves a soapy lace ring. Really digging the color on this one.

S: Wow! Great sour watermelon aroma. Hints of brett, pool toys, lactic sour, sweet melon. Like a sour watermelon jolly rancher.

T: The flavor follows the nose perfectly. Great sour and sweet melon. This is the most unique yet tasty wild I've yet to try.

M: Medium body. Good amount of carbonation.

O: Wonderful fruit forward wild. I could drink this all day. I sincerely hope Freetail makes this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 03:04:45 | More by beerwolf77
Fortuna Roja from Freetail Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.