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Raspberry Ananke - Freetail Brewing Company

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Raspberry AnankeRaspberry Ananke

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.23%
Wants: 166
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: fragilehearted on 09-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been hearing a lot about this brewery, and great to add another good brewery to Texas finally. An interesting beer I've been excited for, wild ale with raspberries aged in wine barrels. Thanks to ApostleBrewing, 2012 vintage. Poured into my Ommegang tulip.

Pours a small fizzy pinkish head that doesn't even cover the beer and fades very quickly, although it does leave a touch of lacing, typical for a wild though, over a hazy slight sediment laden strawberry reddish color.

Nose is loaded with fresh raspberries, just pure raspberries with both fresh fruit and juice, with hints of a light white grape juice and wine like, touch of sour cherry and tart fruit, and the slightest hint of funk. Just so much bright raspberries, awesome.

Taste starts quite tart, sour fruit, tons of raspberry again but not as much as the nose, tart raspberry, not so much fresh fruit but some juice as well. Acidity kicks in with a big acid bite, with some light funk, a lactobacillus sour fruit and acidity with very little actual funk flavors. Later on a light barrel comes through, with hint of toasty vanilla, and just a bit of a light vinous floral wine. Finish has a light flemmy feel to go with the tons of lingering sourness, tart raspberry, etc. Later on the finish the toasted oak comes through quite a bit with a light chardonnay like wine flavor, and lots of berry.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, little too much of a flemmy finish, big acid bite, little carbonation.

Overall pretty good, I love the raspberry on the nose but wish it came out a bit more on the flavor. The lacto is great, nice acidity and sourness, pretty much no malt in there, but the barrel adds some decent flavors, which I wish came out a little more on the forefront.

More User Reviews:
Photo of standardcherry
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to turfy for this beautiful beer.

Appearance: beautiful red/pink/purple color.
Smell: very nice raspberry smell.
Taste: sour raspberry, big wine flavor, and big wheat flavor.
Mouthfeel: sour, clean, crisp and slightly dry.
Overall: great job by Freetail, this and regular Ananke are both amazing.

Photo of ehammond1
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, xpimptastikx!

Gorgeous crushed raspberry in color--not quite clear. The color is dense and beautiful. Very little visible carbonation. Leaves the glass fairly clean on the way down. Very pretty color.

Vibrant, expressive raspberry aroma. Very little, hardly any as a matter of fact, funk or grain note. This is pretty much straight fruit, along with a (barely) distracting sharp cheese/vomit note, upon warming.

Sharp, fresh raspberry in flavor too, very similar to the aroma. There's a moderate level of sour presence, but it's more tame than some framboise. Some oak. A hint of a cheese character, but it's mild (seems to disappear as the beer warms, strangely) . Incredibly drinkable. Gulpable even.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. More than the pour would have indicated.

A wonderful American framboise, though I think something like Framboise de Amarosa from Lost Abbey is just slightly better (and easily more complex).

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a very thin .25 finger coarse white head that collapses quickly. No lace and near no legs. What saves the appearance is the stunning clear, dark red color. Just above average.

Nose is tart raspberry and strawberry. Seedy sweet and tartness. Mellow Brett funkiness in the back with a nice, jammy fruit presence upfront. Nicely aromatic. Very straightforward and appetizing.

Opens raspberry sweet and tartness. Raspberry seed in the middle with Brett funk, hay, and some woodiness in the middle. Fruit presence is huge... like I'm eating Raspberry puree. Sour fades out a bit in the end, showcasing a nice, sweet juiciness from the fruit. Seedy, slightly bitter aftertaste. Very good. Definitely one of the better fruited Wild's I've had.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down aggressive, bubbly and bright. Finish is puckering with a lingering, lip-smacking aftertaste. Real nice.

Just like the non-fruited version, Raspberry Ananke is incredible. Great, lively feel with an aggressive, aromatic and enticing nose. Flavor is spot on too. Seek this out!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Pale pink body. Small white head. A few wisps.

Smell - Raspberry is strong. Jammy. Some white wine. Not a ton of acidity.

Taste - Musty raspberry. Slightly sweet. A little bit of white wine but it is lost among the raspberry.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Raspberry makes it heavy.

Overall - Raspberry is tasty but it takes away from all the nuances of the base beer.

Photo of emerge077
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan for sharing this one with us! Quick review from written notes.

Reddish amber color in the glass with minimal foam and lacing. Less hazy than Ananke, but it could have just been the pour (beginning of the bottle, versus the end).

Tart raspberry aroma with an earthy edge, whole fruit, seeds/leaves/stems and all.

Taste is crisp and clean, bold fruity raspberry flavor with a nice minerality there also that gives it some depth beyond the fruit. Moderately tart and slightly puckering. A super drinkable fruited Wild Ale. Thanks again Dan for sharing! Recommended.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear pink reddish color ale with a large foamy head with some average retention and some lacing. Aroma of fresh wild raspberry with some tart notes and light acidic edge is really nice. Taste is a super nice mix between some fresh raspberry with limited amount of sweetness but just enough to cut through some of the acidic notes with some tart and light oak notes also well discernable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Really well brewed with perfect addition of raspberry and some vinous notes well balanced.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: murky light blood red, soft pink, yellowish head, minimal with large soapy bubbles.

Aroma: raspberry, Fuji apple skins, musk, vinius, oak tannins, tart grape.

Taste: astute sourness, light raspberry, fruity, musk, funk, apple skins, mild red wine.

***Light, refreshing, puckering, but balanced. A great sour. Thanks Joshua!

Photo of jmarsh123
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright ruby red with a small white head fading pretty quickly.

Lots of raspberry on the nose. A bit of funk and sour, but nothing like the base as the raspberry is front and center.

Taste is a bit of a disappointment. I absolutely love the Ananke base, but the raspberry doesn't seem to add much and in fact clashes with the base. Raspberry flavor is strong if a bit sweet which negates some of the good oaky sourness of Ananke. Also I don't pick up as many wine barrel notes in this. Certainly not bad, but a disappointment compared to regular Ananke.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. A bit puckering although not overly sour.

Overall a solid beer although I much prefer regular Ananke. I feel the raspberry clashed with the base and knocked it down a few pegs.

Photo of Etan
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from the 2012 release, into a tulip. Thanks Canadianghetto!

A: Pours a slightly murky brownish red with a small light tan head.

S: Strong raspberry and mild lactic acid in the nose. Raspberry is bright and jammy, but with a slight vegetal edge. Sweet lactic notes and light bready notes underneath.

T: Tart raspberry, drying oak tannins, clean wheat malt, moderate lactic acidity.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with very little carbonation.

O: There are two flaws that jump out here. There seems to be a lack of complexity in the bugs department (I can only taste lactic acid) and the beer is a bit undercarbonated. It definitely tastes good, but could use some fixing up.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Thanks to both wagenvolks and twiggamortis420 for the hookups!

Considering the goddess involved, it comes as no surprise that the fruited closely follows the bare. This stuff pours a straight ruby red grapefruit topped by a half-finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises a combination of perfume-y and vegetal raspberry, with a vague sense of tartness lying beneath. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the tartness is very much up front and personal. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a pretty solid wild ale, but I feel the raspberries don't help the base very much at all.

Photo of FosterJM
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1685th Review on BA
Bottle to flute
22oz bottle

2012

Shared at JohnBoots & JCDenver

App- This was the color of watermixed with Kool-aid mix with no bubbles, just some floaties in the glass. A bit of a darker red/purple color. No head really.

Smell- This was much better than the base beer. More fruit. A bit more sour and a bit more funk to it. I dont get much more than that but nice aromatics from the raspberries.

Taste- Well I was actually quite shocked. This was so much better than the base beer. A great amount of fruit and funk comined with a little bit of the sour from the fruits.

Mouth- A very light body. I get this is the base sour but wanted more punch I guess. A light medium soft carbonation. A little less raspberry on the finish than I thought.

Drink- This was pretty damn good. I am really going off the taste of this beer vs. looks or smell. Sessionable, crisp, this, but well flavored.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.17.12
Thanks to jl28r1

A - Pours a cloudy light red-burgundy with a few light pink fizz bubbles that fades instantly.

S - Tart, sour raspberries.

T - Tart earthy fruity, then sweet raspberry, finishes with a sour bite.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Tart and fruity, nice sourness and not overly sweet.

Photo of cvm4
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with a reddish/pink hue with a frothy one finger white head.

S - Some funk, raspberry comes through wonderfully.

T - Musty, earthy, funky, sweet raspberries and ends with with a lip puckering sourness.

M - Light body, on the high side of medium carbonation.

O - Very raspberry fruity & tart that is easy drinking and refreshing.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes taken from a bottleshare at the Phoenix Sun in NYC. Thanks kindly to Thomas for sharing.

a - gorgeous. shiny ruby.
s - raspberry explosion. really nice.
t - a bit of sour eggs and raspberry. the sour notes and eggs are nice but don't play wonderfully with the raspberries for my taste buds. not bad, but doesn't seem to compliment the ananke which is better without the raspberries in my opinion.
m - sourish. medium bodied. mild pucker.
o - overall, pretty good. didn't blow my mind. prefer regular ananke by light years to this one.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.37/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy if JAMASON I believe. Thanks! Shared with Duane while sweating out overtime.

Murky pinkish pour that settles to near stillness.

Tart raspberries seem to overwhelm much if the base to me old sniffer.

Sour raspberries, big acidity, white grape, and oak.

Fruit aging can be fickle and here I don't think it's an improvement on the base. It's muddled and the raspberries overwhelm the better qualities of what lies beneath. Appreciative for sure, but not a likely return trip.

Photo of BgThang
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Man, if you had the reserve to hold on to a bottle of this for this long it's drinking phenomenal right now. Its just the right amount of acidity and the raspberry has tappered a little to result in a fantastic beer. This is definitely a 98+ beer right now. It's as good or better than atrial if you drink it right now. if you have no desire to drink it and still have some left please hit me up. I will trade you for it. Great job SCOTT!

Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks are owed to both BA's canadianghetto and mhenson42 for hooking me up with bottles of this. Poured from a bomber into a tulip, the brew appears a fairly clear dark ruby color. A finger of white froth sits atop and fades to just a ring around the perimeter of the glass. A swirl agitates bubbles from solution that form across the top with a pinkish coloring. A few spots and strings of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is vibrant with raspberry juice. It has a little bit of that seedy and earthy quality of natural raspberry pits that keeps your mind from wondering into thinking this is fake. As it warms up, there is a very minor element of funk and hints of oak-like quality that is quite subtle with a vinous aspect. The nose on this is exceptionally enjoyable however, you really gotta inspect this to get something other than raspberry. It is nearly perfume-like at times and really is all about the raspberry. Even though it smells exceptional, I almost have to complain that it is a bit one-noted since it is all about the raspberry and if you took that away, it would seemingly have nothing.

Where the nose is all about the raspberry, the taste is all about the tartness. The raspberry inclusion is faint here in the flavor but carries with it that expected exaggerated tartness of unripe raspberries. A bit of tannic quality from the barrel aging in present that helps to dry things out. A very minor lactic aspect hints towards yogurt mid-palate with an accenting lemony edge blending into flavors of citrus and raspberry. The aftertaste again hints towards those suggestions of cheese, yogurt and mild funk.

This is a lighter bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is light, easy drinking and displays a crisp, refreshing snappy finish. I was really impressed with how bold the raspberry inclusion is here but if you take that away, I feel like you are left with a very mild one-dimensional brew. That 6.8% abv is masterfully integrated, I never would have guessed it was that high. This brew is light enough that it almost reminds me of funk buddha's fruited berliners more-so than an american wild.

Photo of fragilehearted
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on draft yesterday at Freetail and having it from the bottle today to review. 22oz into a tulip.

A - medium pinkish rose. So pretty! No head, just a little ring. No lace.

S - obviously raspberry. Sourness. A little yeasty funk.

T - sour raspberry up front. More wheat than I remember tasting yesterday (was after a bottle share, a little drunk!), tangy acidity. Delicious, but could be a little more complex.

M - light and refreshing. Medium carbonation, which is perfect for this beer.

D/O - dangerously drinkable. Can't taste the booze at all. Really glad I drove to San Antonio to get this. Curious to see how it will change with age!

Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a clear pink with no life, zero lacing. Nose is very acidic with heavy raspberry character. Notes of fruit and funk, a little bit of earth in there as well. The taste is puckering with heavy sourness up front with the snake base shining through. Nice pairing of raspberries and ananke here, a bit of sweetness that is cut by a considerable acidic tartness. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Overall, this is good stuff, the raspberry adds an additional layer of flavor.

Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade and poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - A slow gusher, this one pours with lots of chunky yeast stirred up. A slightly hazy light ruby hued pour with a small one finger white head that faded relatively fast leaving thin wisps and a thin halo.

S - Slightly one noted here. The raspberry is here in different amounts. One second it is faint and perfumey and the next its a wallop of jam. No real rhyme or reason to it either. Would like to get some barrel notes, or funk. Speaking of which, there is a faint hard boiled egg aroma though that attempts to peak out from under the raspberries.

T - I was not expecting to like the taste, but, I did. There are more sour/tart raspberry notes here than on the nose. Its quite strong an drowns out the barrels slightly. That being said in the background there are some very vinous notes from those wine barrels.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice as well. Good carbonation here, prickly on the tongue. Very enjoyable as well.

O - Overall, this is a tasty beer. I definitely like the regular version of Ananke better. I don't like that faint hard boiled egg on the nose and barely intermingled throughout the flavour. Without that, this is a damn good beer.

Photo of Treebs
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cfh64 for the bottle. 22 oz. bottle served in a Half Acre snifter. 2012 release.

A: Pours clear ruby color with no discernable head. Light frothiness around the edges, but nothing special.

S: A lot more funk than acticipated. A little cheesy with some raspberry freshness. There is a mild tartness on the backend with a little wine grape aspect to it.

T: Tart raspberry upfront with an almost sweet tart candy like middle. Oaky and red wine-esque in the finish. Mild funk in the periphery, but taste was all about the fruit.

M: Light bodied with a prickly carbonation level to break tarness. Pretty drinkable.

O: The duality of the nose was something. Very funky in the nose, not as much in the taste and vice versa for the raspberry. I enjoyed this beer, but would have liked a little more balance between the nose and taste.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to SliverX for sharing this bottle...

A: This beer pours a translucent light red/pink with very little head. What foam does exist is relegated to the edges of the glass, and they fade quickly.

S: The nose is big raspberry, citrus, and familiar sour funk. This beer smells great.

T: The flavors in this beer are, as one would imagine, big raspberry. This beer is completely as advertised. A sour than has had a ton of delicious raspberries added to it. So good.

M: Medium bodied beer. This beer starts out with a blast of fresh raspberry and then the sour comes on to rip out your taste-buds. It finishes really dry.

O: I really enjoyed this wild ale. Loved the raspberry notes, loved the sour, and loved the funk. I will be "in search of" this beer, always.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks silverx for sharing
The beer pours a clear raspberry color with almost no head or lacing. Its nose is pungently raspberry with a touch of sourness. The taste is pungently raspberry as well with slight tartness reminiscent of the regular ananke. As expected, beer's mouthfeel is super dry and distinctly raspberry. I'm quite impressed by how this beer drank and would like to try more freetail in the future!

Photo of wagenvolks
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Jester King tulip. Split with bgthang.

Gorgeous body is a deep, rosy pink hue with a scant head that retains well. Bright raspberries in the nose with some funky sourness and wheat. The berries come through in a big way, even more so than when I tried this one on tap.

Flavor is excellent. Nice, young tartness that should increase with age given how well regular Ananke ages. Big, vinous raspberry notes are fresh on the palate with a puckering sourness, and balanced with a clean, smooth wheat backbone. Mouthfeel is crisp and well-carbonated, dry but not taxing on the tongue. An excellent job by Freetail--exactly what I wanted from a ’berried version of this beer.

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Raspberry Ananke from Freetail Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.