Feral One - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by charlzm:
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
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 than 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.
03-09-2014 19:18:41 | More by charlzm
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
03-23-2014 02:30:35 | More by 01001111
4.31/5 rDev -0.7%
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!
05-06-2014 01:56:16 | More by Alieniloquium
Feral One from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.