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Raspberry Ananke - Freetail Brewing Company

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Raspberry AnankeRaspberry Ananke

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 169
Gots: 14 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: fragilehearted on 09-17-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

acurtis, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Texasfan549, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kjkinsey, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

emerge077, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -6.3%

MasterSki, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

jlindros, Jan 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

MarkyMOD, Nov 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

beernads, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

oriolesfan4, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

stakem, Oct 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

duceswild, Feb 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

mdaschaf, Nov 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ShanePB, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

drummermattie02, Apr 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

AgentZero, Sep 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

bsuedekum, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

rudzud, Jan 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

eawolff99, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

FosterJM, Jan 18, 2013
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Raspberry Ananke from Freetail Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.