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Agrestic #002 American Wild Red Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Agrestic #002 American Wild Red AleAgrestic #002 American Wild Red Ale

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This liberation begins its journey as DBA then continues through a “chrysalis” process involving 87% French and 13% American Oak barrels, and our proprietary collection of micro flora. To blend, we selected beer matured eight to 24 months in barrels, creating a synergistic beer. Immediately, toasted oak and lemon pith swirl on the nose and palate, followed by an amazing harmony of vanilla, coconut, Earl Grey tea and spice. The finish is crisp, with mouth-watering acidity and chewy tannins. Since we age, blend and bottle these beers once a year, there will be slight variation with each release.

Added by Halcyondays on 09-11-2011

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Photo of LXIXME
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice carbonation and coloring with a decent lacing with a light distinctive wild aroma. More of the taste is wrapped up in the feeling and aftertaste of this wild, similarly as with the Feral One, Batch 3. Fizzy as this is that, it really doesn't relate to taste as I perceive taste, just the fizzy appeal.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2, bottled 7/15/2015 served cold in a teku

Appearance: light brown, clear with some red hints and a fuzzy white head.

Nose: lacto, lemony, tart and delicious, funky Brett, oaky tannins, cherries, cranberries, raspberry

Taste: tannins, oaky, cherry, cranberry, light red wine, very dry Champagne like finish, tart and crisp, not too funky

Overall: great sour offering from FW here. Not too tart and smacking sour but it let's you know that there is some funk in there.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle poured into a Anchor steam glass.Smell is a cherry/lemon smell.Taste is a tart cherry taste with a touch of lemon.I am not usually a big sour fan but when I saw this on the shelf I wanted to try it because it was Firestone.It is really very good.I would buy it again.Give it a try.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very impressive American take on the style. Oak, vanilla, tart cherries, funk, & apples. Almost buttery at times from the oak. Very balanced equal parts barrel, tart cherry notes, and funk. Finishes dry, reminiscent of how RRBC sours finish which is second to none IMHO. Well made beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 7/15/15
Palate Contaminants: cheese

A Barrelworks bottle! Not in California!

Appearance is an opaque tea-like tan.

Smell is good, it's got grapefruit and unripened orange, along with some burned sugar candy.

Taste up front is plenty tart, and the grapefruit is even more intense. The bitterness hits, then it fades to a nice smooth, mellow, savory, and mildly malty flavor with sweet cranberries and citrus, with sour and bitter echoing.

Feel is not what I expected with the head. It's actually substantial, even silky, I'd say.

I'm not the biggest fan of sours, but I can definitely appreciate this. The aftertaste is actually really nice.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - A light cranberry juice / copper type color. Clear in appearance
Smell - Tart, cherries, berries, funk, vinegar, wine
Taste - Tart cherries/cranberries, oak, hints of vanilla, acidity/vinegar

Overall - A very tasty wild ale from FW's Prop Vintage series! I would most definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Harrys Hofbrau. Not overly complex, but crisp, refreshing and enjoyable. Tart and sourness are on the lighter side but still solid. The Red Ale flavors do come through but are complementary. I think the bottle may bring a different experience for some reason. I got virtually zero nose because of the tap serving. This got way better as it warmed up slightly. Overall a tasty and refreshing beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/15/15. Poured from a 375 cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a vibrant, rich, copper coloring, with small legs of carbonation trails throughout, and a sparse, foamy, uneven, off-white head. Aromas of white wine characteristics forward, with notes of chardonnay, white grape must, and subtle acidity, all blending with woody highlights, notes of grape and cherry, hints of sourness, and subtle farmhouse funk. Flavors are very sour and fruity forward. After the initial pucker and mouth water, you get a slow reveal of flavors, with notes of cherry and white grape blending with woody and earthy highlights, followed by richer fruit notes of apple and raspberry, hints of vanilla, and subtle red wine and tannin characteristics. Solid woody notes throughout add depth, as well. The body is dry and crisp, providing a subtle cleansing after each sip. Tart, sweet, and sour aftertaste heavy on fruity tastes and wine-like feels. The finish is dry, sweet, and very crisp. Solid linger of sour characteristics. Very good beer.

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Photo of draheim
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. 375mL into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery amber w/ a 1-finger off-white head.

Aroma is tart, fruity, bready.

Taste is sour, a touch vinegary, bready and sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, balanced.

Overall a nice American wild / oud bruin whatever. Pretty standard approach, well executed.

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Photo of 303beer
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orange peach color with quickly dispersing head about an eighth of an inch thick. The nose is sour. The taste is light and a bit tart. Easy drinking. Not much flavor to the backend. Not bad bad but remarkable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bert's
Mostly clear tawny amber color with a smallish bubbly off white head. Vinous rustic earthy funky nose dripping with macerated fruit. Huge puckering lemony tart flavor. Light earth sweet fruit mild funk. Light sweetness lingers a bit. Interesting blend of flavors, nice beer.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a beautiful brown/red color with a 2 finger head from a 12.8 oz bottle. Lacing down the glass is nice. The smell is oak and berries and cherries. The taste is oak with berry like fruit. The feel is excellent, with a bit of dry on the back, but not too much. An excellent beer.

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Photo of charlzm
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on January 10th, 2015 from a corked and caged bottle with a bottled-on date of 07/15/15. Poured into a Barrelworks Teku because proper glassware with the brewery logo makes everything taste better, amiright?

Beer pours a nicely clear amber/deep orange until the bottom, when a little sediment makes the whole thing slightly cloudy. Oops. Fine white head disappears immediately, leaving only a trace of a thin white crown.

Aroma is sour with notes of citrus. Soft grain note of some kind in the background.

Flavor is powerfully acidic and citric right off the bat, though this settled down after a few sips. Ever so slight husky grain note before tart grapefruit finish. Tannic like a red wine but not aggressively so.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a touch of slightly creamy carbonation. Lightly dry.

Overall, it's an intensely sour beer that is a pleasure to drink if you like that sort of thing.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very nice look to it. The head is a vigorous foamy head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is very nice to look at. It's a very reddish medium amber color that is clearly filtered. The overall appearance resembles that of a nice red wine.

The smell has really strong tart notes that can sometimes dominate the other notes and is definitely present. Once you get past the tartness, you get an interesting mixture of spice and various citrus notes. The citrus notes come off as a mixture of lemon, light grapefruit, and a bit of orange. The spices resemble a sweet and tea like note. The smell also has a moderately strong tannins note with a bit of fresh barrel to it. Supposedly, there is also a bit of vanilla note to it but is very subtle.

The taste is still pretty good but not as complex as the smell. The tart note comes out rather strong as does the lemon and citrus notes. The spices are still there but very subtle and often gets overshadowed by the hops and tart. The vanilla note is also a bit stronger but more creamy and shows up later than anything else. When the beer gets warmer, the barrel notes and the tannins definitely come out a bit more.

The feel is good. It has a nice medium body that is on the lighter side. The carbonation is biting, which gives the beer a nice and crisp finish. Before the finish, the beer is pretty acidic but it adds a little bit to the experience.

Overall, this a pretty good subtle, balanced, and complex beer. The notes are all present and the beer evolves as it gets warmer. This is definitely a must-have wild ale since it's a bit different than other wild ales and a nice foray by Firestone into wine-aging. Go for it.

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Photo of kevanb
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, caged and corked, batch 002, dated 7.15.2015, 5000 cases, poured into a Firestone Walker Barrelworks Teku glass.

The beer pours a nice, hazy and opaque amber color, hues of brick red and orange when struck by the light with a big, foamy, soapy off white head that has incredible retention, stands about two fingers high and has wonderful lace. The aroma is pleasant, oaky, funky, malty, tannic, citric with just a mild vinegar like quality, and some nice sweetness, vanilla-esque. Loads of character, nice balance, pleasantly funky as well, a very engaging nose. The flavors are nice, plenty of rich amber malts, some vanilla sweetness, funky oak, chewy, red wine tannins, cherry, lightly floral as well with crisp lemon peel citrus, nice balance with a lingering vinegar flavor. The mouthfeel is very good. It's coating, full bodied with zippy and lively carbonation, a touch dry that finishes very easily with just a light sour bite.

Verdict: A darn fine American Wild Ale from Firestone Walker. I'm not typically fond of red and brown wild ales but this is a great beer. Exceptional complexity, nice balance, perhaps a touch heavy on the vinegar aspect, but I found myself enjoying this more and more as it opened up.

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Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy ruby red with a three finger white head.

S- Sour cherries, vinegar, oak, some lemon.

T- Sour, cherries, lemon and orange peel, oak, slightly earthy, some vinegar, very nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid sour, nicely balanced. Worth picking up if you find it.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml cork & cage bottle poured into a snifter, Batch 1 2014 Vintage, 600 cases

A- pours a deep Amber color with a one-finger creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- initial aroma smells like a Flanders red, tart dark cherry, balsamic vinegar, French oak. Also picking up herbal tea, lemon peel, musty & some red wine notes

T- sour cherry with red wine vinegar tartness,followed by lemon pith and herbal tea, woody French oak, finishing with more puckering lemon and must

M- medium body with light carbonation leads to a light and creamy mouthfeel and a bone dry puckering finish

O- nice and fruity with plenty of pucker

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Photo of svenness
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 7/15/15

L: Reddish amber, slight haze, thin white head, large bubbles
S/T: Red wine, raspberries, cherries, light oak, funk
F: Medium-bodied after it warmed, dry, moderate acidity/tartness, delicate finish
O: Every component works really well together in this beer. A nice interplay of restrained acidity, barrel character, fruit notes and funk and a soft mouthfeel.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass.

Deep orange with a good clarity. Clean lines of carbonation. Fluffy light tan head, soapy retention and a creamy lying top.

Excellent aroma. Jumping lemon zest and rind on the nose, soft acid and chewy sensing like malt flavors and sensing feel. Slight sweetness kicking out as well.

Wonderful tart and fruity palate. Light bodied with surprising low to nearly flat carbonation. Mid palate filled with excellent juiced tart citrus of lemon. Slight herbal and floral notes which match nicely as well. Some degree of almost dandelion like weed like flavors also. Diverse, with a big lemon front.

Real nice wild ale.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium Amber body with clear transparency. Foamy, light tan head that leaves some sticky head all of the glass. Aroma is ripe red berries, woody oak and earthy barnyard funk. The flavor is much of the same, a balance of red berries, lots of woody oak, earthy funk and a kiss of caramel malts. The feel is very nice, light body, sticky, medium-high carbonation, but not prickly like some wilds. Overall a very nice wild ale that is not overpoweringly sour, but has great complexity and a nice feel.

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Photo of vic21234
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged 12.7oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a cloudy orange/ red color with a large amount of fizzy white head which hangs around awhile.

S- Tart cherries along with a general sour acidic aroma on the nose.

T- Very sour taste initially, with notes of tart cherries and lemon. The oak is also noted at the back end.

M- Very light and refreshing.

I don't do this style often, but this is a great example.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle
Batch No. 002
Bottled: 7/15/15
No. Of Cases: 3000
2015 Vintage
6.8% ABV

Nice loud pop of cork.

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice slightly cloudy pinkish/red color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some very nice small/thick/creamy islands, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, slightly funky/tart, with nice grapey notes, very slight oak. The taste is malty, yeasty, fruity, tart/funky, very slight oak note, slight citrusy. Medium body, with a very nice dryish finish. Overall, this is a very nice brew, little pricey for the size though.

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Photo of ChazMania
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had a sour for awhile so maybe I'm being partial, but this was exceptional! Huge dry tangy sour mouthfeel and finish. I would drink this if it was regular available.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange to brown slight haze. minimal head

S: some oak, sour fruits

T: OAk, sour dark fruits, some unfinished wood. a slight amount of bread

F: medium body, little mor carb than i would expect, crisp finish.

O: well done by FW.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant amber golden orange with a few floaties and a thin layer of active white foam.

Sharp acidity, barnyard funk, wet hay, fermented tart cherries, musty, and some mashed sour grape.

Tart cherries, light acidic bite, oaky/earthy bitterness, lemon rinds, and some light funkiness.

Light-bodied, high medium-high carbonation, tart, citrusy zest, and a nice refreshing bite.

Overall, while subtle and not overpowering, this is a well balanced and tamed sour that stays interesting but crisp and refreshing.

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Agrestic #002 American Wild Red Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.