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Feral One | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by dwagner003 on 02-19-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
350
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
7.31%
 
 
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120
Gots:
93
For Trade:
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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 350
Reviews by charlzm:
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Floydster
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ben7773
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of lateralundertow
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mctizzz
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of aquazr1
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Juan611
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of chossboss
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jtladner
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of 01001111
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reappropriated
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of JasonSiedman
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

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Photo of breadwinner
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another piece of evidence toward proving FW are absolute masters of barrel aging. As with Agrestic (which makes up 43% of this beer), the barrel notes are outstanding and rarely reproduced by other breweries out there. Oak, baking spices, almost a hint of smoke, plus no shortage of stone fruit. Excellent, excellent nose. At nearly a year old, the palate is quite sour, the carb quite aggressive, and I wish I would've had a shot at this one fresher. That said, it's still tasty as heck, similar notes to the nose, some tart apple thrown in there, obviously more exposure to that acidic bite. Love these non-fruited wild ales, where FW's wizardry with the barrels is able to play a more starring role. Excellent.

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Photo of robgage
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Intlpostman
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a great color and the nose is solid. It has only gotten better with age. Drank one recently in a vertical with Batch 2 and 3. It has rounded nicely, great mouthfeel and nice dry finish. The complexities are exceptional.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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