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Horse Tongue Wheat - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Horse Tongue Wheat
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BA SCORE
85
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottfrie on 12-25-2010

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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 7
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3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed 8 oz. on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, part of the recent sour beer festival at this establishment. Arrived a coppery bronze color with a single finger of flimsy soapy white head.

Aroma is very pungent, equal parts sour fruit and cheesy funk. On the palate I am getting fresh lemon and lime rinds, gooseberry, green apples and pears, white vinegar, salty brine, and white cheese, a brettanomyces-laden treat. Very dry and astringent, although there is a subtle custard-like sweetness somewhere underneath. Quite fizzy and almost gritty, with a mid-range body and some peppery wheat spice in the sour and woody finish.

I'd say this brew is on the decidedly sour end of the spectrum, with some admirable cheesy "barnyard" type funk. Not for the faint of heart. For some reason I was expected something more tame.

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3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

8oz glass.

This beer appears a foggy medium copper amber colour, with one finger of frothy, loosely foamy, and weakly creamy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of streaky island group lace around the glass as things evenly fade away.

It smells of musty, faintly sour cherries and red apples, semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, generic menthol lozenges, and a bit of mild white Italian cheese. The taste is gritty, grainy, and bready pale and wheat malt, vaguely tart red orchard fruit, still tame earthy white cheese, a soft barnyard funkiness, and further well-aged lemon vinegar.

The carbonation is actually active and involved in probing my palate, the body an adequate medium weight, and so-so in the way of the smooth. It finishes off-dry, a lingering grainy wheatiness well contained by the affable, if persistent funk.

Now we're starting to talk turkey - the funk supercedes the sour in this one, which is all right at this point in time. I do like this one, and not just because it reminds me so much of my favorite cheese.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with wheat, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, wood, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but there is an odd acidic quality in the flavor that diminishes the drinkability.

Serving type: on tap.

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Horse Tongue Wheat from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.