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Feral One - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 6.68%
Wants: 126
Gots: 87 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-19-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Feral One is a blend of Sour Opal, SLOAmbic, Agrestic and Lil’ Mikkel, all aged for an extended period in American and French oak barrels. Only 500 cases of 375ml bottles were produced.
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Ratings: 289 | Reviews: 18
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Photo of Floydster
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle

Appearance is golden orange, lots of carbonation, minimal head, although some decent retention, minimal lacing

Smell is hay, funk, brettanomyces, apricot, nectarines, pears, oak, and other citrus

Taste is very fruity right off the bat, fades into an apricot dominated finish with a dry oak aftertaste, as it warms some light berries come through to mix in with the funk, nice sour quality

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice for a wild ale, maybe a little low on carbonation, although still very approachable

Overalll it is a great first effort out of Barrelworks, complex blend of beers, will probably get even better with some more aging

Photo of 01001111
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Peach.

S: Super lacto funk

T: Far less tart than the scent implies. Vinegar, oak, white wine that has been out in the sun for a day, grapes, and saison yeast.

M: Dry but with body.

O: Unique. Having sampled this at the release I wasn't overly impressed, However, it gets better after the first few sips. Shares some similar characteristics with the typical American sour ale but there is also a different kind of sour, a not-wholly-unpleasant rot sour, mixed in. The more I sip this, the more I enjoy it. Feral is an appropriate name. This one certainly is wild.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange body. Small white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Wow, it's impressive. Funky white pepper, lemon, sourdough malt. Light white wine. Oak.

Taste - Bright sourness. Grain malt. Sourdough malts again. Vanilla oakiness. Sourness builds into a lemony flavor with some light stone fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel - Nice sourness, maybe a little too much. Well carbonated.

Overall - This is really nice. A complex American sour, wow!

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

neat rare-ish beer thanks to FosterJM, shared with rudzud.

Bottled 12/10/14

Pours a nice fluffy fizzy head that fades pretty quickly though, light lacing too. Golden honey orange hazy color.

Nose starts with so much buttery oak, loads and loads of oak, vanilla barrel, etc. Mild Brett funk, horsehair funk with souring flemmy tart lambic like funk. Brett B funk comes out more as it goes.

Taste brings more of the same, big oak buttery toasted oak and vanilla barrel. big fresh oak flavor even. Some sour and Brett funk in the background, little Brett B funk, mild sour lambic notes. Sticky flemmy finish, more buttery oak lingering, little acidity, sour malt note, bit if a bitter tannic thing, slick even.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, tons and tons of barrel, vanilla, toasted oak, etc, decent funk and souring, pretty tasty.

Photo of charlzm
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed March 9th, 2014 from a corked bottle.

Poured into a tulip glass, the beer is a clear golden, several shades darker than a typical pilsener. A one-finger white head forms then settles into a thick skin providing little sheeting or lacing but persisting for quite a while.

Aroma is slightly musty, with a dash of sharp citrus. Some wood notes as well. Strong but not overpowering.

Flavor is assertive and sharp; mildly tart note comes on immediately, followed by mellow citric acid (I'm thinking lime, but hard for me to pin down). A touch of wood near the end. Low bitterness. Slightly sweet and a little dry. Not as nuanced or sophisticated as some wild ales, but there's nothing wrong with this flavor at all.

Mouthfeel is almost spritzy with a moderately high level of carbonation. Slightly dry (think Duvel) and medium-bodied. A note on the body - thinner or thicker would have been wrong. This is just right.

This beer does what it does correctly: funkier nose than flavor, tart without going overboard, proper body and a slightly dry mouthful to help finish each sip cleanly and definitively. Well done, though not earthshaking.

I tasted the base beers that were used in this blend separately at Barrelworks and I don't think I'm alone in saying that FW would do well to just release Sour Opal on its own. I preferred that to this.

Photo of TheBrewBrotha
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Funky, tart ale that will get better with age! Much better from the bottle than draft in my opinion. Corks great, shoots out when cage is removed!

Photo of Celtics17
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very musty, old smell to this. Probably because of the oak barrels used. Orange tint, lacing low, with low carbonation. Smell like I said, musty, old smell. Taste is sour, with the old musty taste. I've had better sours. I liked this one, but is 15 bucks good? Don't think so, had to try it though. Love Firestone. Thankfully I only live about 40 minutes away.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 5.5.14
Batch No: 001
Bottled: 12/10/2013

A - Pours a fizzy pink-orange with an active white head that is gone quickly.

S - Tart raspberry and cherry, oak, funky and nice.

T - Nice complex tartness, fruity, but hard to place. Nice oak and Brett. Fantastic.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body. Dry finish.

O - Very complex and fruity. Nice layers and texture.

Photo of ATeamMusic
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Apricots, peaches, pears all sorts of fruity flavors going on..

The smell is VERY funky fart like gas...

Taste is much more drinkable and easier to get down than assumed..

VERY frothy amble sour taste... Really not overly sour..

This beer falls somewhere in between Russian River Beatification and Almanac Valley Of The Hearts Delight..

Photo of cpetrone84
3.36/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is transparent gold with a white head. Nose has a good bit of cheesy funk, gets sharp. Faint peach, strong brett and some stingy brett. Taste has a good bit of cheesy funk up front. Peach is light, brett is stingy, a touch acetic. Fuller body, well carbonated, creamy feel.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for the Feral One release party at Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buellton, CA.

Pours a hazy 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 sour with malt, grain, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an awesome mix of sour aromas and flavors coming from this blend of beers.

Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from batch 001. Thanks for bringing this one over Dustin. Cheers man! Poured into a Three Floyds teku glass today, 3/22/2014.

App- Hazy straw orange body, one finger white head with great retention. Not much lacing as it goes down.

Smell- Very young sour. Basically 99% lactic yogurt nose, with 1% barrel and funk. This would probably benefit from time, but this is strangely still appetizing as far as the nose goes.

Flavour- Still falls a bit of the nose despite a bit more complexity here. Still very strong lactic and yogurt sourness dominates here. No real sign of barrel oak or funk at all. This is a young, very rough around the edges sour ale that has a lot of promise.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, creamy with good carbonation. Not very dry, but again, very promising to get a nice dryness over time. Yogurty acidic back-end that still makes this a sipper rather than an all-around refreshing beverage.

Overall- Age this one another 6 months before you drink it. It has a lot of potential to be a nice complex sour, but only time will tell. Right now it's young, rough around the edges and fairly one-note.

Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear golden hue with a nice half finger head that faded to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of loads of barrel, as Jared said "oak city". Loads of funk, great brett brux, nice lacto notes. The base beer is simply a vessel for oak and funk, great.

T - Taste is just like the nose, awesome barrel notes, oaky vanilla, great funk especially brux. Almost buttery, great tartness and funk, very solid, very oaky and funky.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, almost a slick finish.

O - Overall this beer was very nice, just had the misfortune of being drank after bretta rose. Still tasty.

Photo of yourefragile
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle. Thanks Ken.

Pours a clear, dark golden color with a thin white head. Pleasant nose, mild sourness, lacto, pineapple, vanilla and apricot. Flavor balances slight puckering sourness with smooth sweet vanilla and bourbon. Fruity undertone, tropical and juicy, lemon and light oak presence in finish. Medium thick, low carb.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into a wine glass.

pours a light golden color, nice head. smell of lacto... taste of slight bourbony vanilla, lacto..finish very sour.,wow, damn impressive for their first sour. I need to get more. medium body and carbonation.

overall great!

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.67/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Murky orange hue. Thin layer of head, medium to large ring of lacing. No legs on this one.

S- Musty grape oak. Funk and lots of acid. Weird hey dark grape smell. I am sure that the amount of time aging in barrels makes this a unique smell.

T- Kinda bland. I think the amount of time in these barrels was too much time. Musty grape sour blonde.

M- Somewhat thick for a sour blonde. Medium to a lot of carb. Thin layer of wax coats the mouth.

O- I think high hopes were for this one, and although I think it is an above average sour, it did not demand its' before bottling high hopes.

Photo of MarcWP
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Barrelworks Teku. I knew it would come out handy some day.

Pours a bright orange apricot with fizzy white medium head that dissipate quickly. Effervescence is quite obvious. Looks really nice!

Aroma is super Gueuze like. Grass, sweet lemons, acidic peach, lime, funk, soft oak tannins, apple peel, and faint moist earth. My mouth is watering so no doubt it's an intoxicatingly pleasant smell. Reminds me of Cuvée Rene and 3F OG.

The palate brings what feels like a more malt driven gueuze with earthy hops. You get sweet bread, orange, pink grapefruit, fresh squeezed lime juice, spruce, lemon verbena, fresh cut spicy herbs, and white wine vinegar. It's good,,, no, it's great. But it lacks the refinement of the best true belgian gueuzes.

Mouthfeel is nice and spritzy. Light body with sour,dry finish. Carbonation cleanses out the palate maybe a bit too much.

Overall, a wonderful first bottled entry into the sour market by FW. As others have stated, Sour Opal by itself is better. Hopefully we will see a bottling of Sour Opal in the future. That aside, Feral One looks gorgeous, smells awesome, tastes almost as good, and goes down the pipe pretty quickly for a sour.

Photo of KVNBGRY
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

High carbonation, and watery. It took the mouthfeel down a few notches. Has an apricot/strawberry fruity nose and an acidic, oaky taste. Not very complex or lingering flavors. Just too watery though.

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Feral One from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.