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Agrestic Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Agrestic Ale
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BA SCORE
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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 13
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Double Barrel Ale fermented in toasted American Oak barrels, then transferred into a mix of used American barrels from the Firestone Walker Union and used French Oak barrels from various wineries on the central coast including Opus One winery in Napa; inoculated with lactobacillus as well as natural wild organisms.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 09-11-2011)
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Reviews by VelvetExtract:
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a dark copper that has a subtle purpleness to it. A blanket of pretty white froth sits atop my next Firestone Walker experience. Lacing is speckle and random.

S-Not overly aromatic. When I really dig in, I get a clear sour component that is augmented by some maltiness that must be the base beer coming through. Some faceless sour fruit and some very light oak.

T-It's plenty sour. My main gripe would be that Agrestic Ale is sour without any specific flavor coming into the picture. I struggle to find flavors I can connect to besides the blatant sourness. I did pick up some oak. It's very tart with a whisper of sweet malt and maybe some generic sour fruity tones.

M-Light, airy and drinkable. A pint is enough for me though; all that wild yeast limits how much I can consume before I get dat bloat.

O-Flavorful but lacking depth. I'm nitpicking, though. The flavor was refreshing and tart and nothing beyond that.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2014 01:48:22 | More by VelvetExtract
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

07-26-2014 22:34:17 | More by DrBier
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tripeldan

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +22.2%

07-25-2014 22:37:38 | More by tripeldan
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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-25-2014 21:53:56 | More by insearchofhops
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, low carbonation, orange-brown in color, hazy

Smell: sharp sour mix and slight wood smell

Taste: A great mix of oak, sour mix, toasted malt, and graham crackers

Mouthfeel: sour with a touch of sweetness, medium in body, low carbonation

Overall: Another winner from Firestone Walker. Not the most complex American wild ale that I have had, but it sure is tasty. It is right up there with my favorites for non-fruity sour ales. I would get this again in a heartbeat if I could find it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2014 14:04:52 | More by tigg924
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J-Bonestradamus

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

07-25-2014 13:27:09 | More by J-Bonestradamus
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Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

07-24-2014 23:53:44 | More by Taycro
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this one tastes like something jester king would make, or has made even. its a nice mix of bretty weirdness and conventional lacto sourness in the finish, and has a nice red malt middle, a ton of bubbles, and a pungent stenchy dry finish. its wild ale at its finest. i dont get a done of oak on it, and it has a nice clarity to its pale amber color. jovial white head rests on top, only slowly dying back. tartness and mildewy brett, its dank and funky and super weird, like a hay bale thats been wet too many times and starts to reek, this beer is the epitome of farmhouse. nose and flavor alike, its just a clever yeasty oddity, with some appreciable red malt underneath it all, testing caramel and irish red as a base. too dry for any of that though, and carbonated to high heaven. it comes furiously out of the tap and never chills out, but the maturity of the flavor profile more than compensates for the juvenile mouthfeel, and i mean that in the best way possible. as good as any of the firestone beers, their young but already highly acclaimed sour program is off to one heck of a fine start!

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2014 03:02:17 | More by StonedTrippin
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Velunas

California

4.5/5  rDev +10%

07-20-2014 19:05:32 | More by Velunas
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep red orange color with a decent white head and little lacing

S-tart cherry, oak, slight vinous, hint if vinegar

T-tart cherries, oak, slight red wine vinegar, light caramel malt, vinous

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-nice sour red ale, this was better than I expected

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2014 19:01:10 | More by MDDMD
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Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

07-19-2014 22:10:38 | More by layinbrix
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Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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RaulMondesi

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(misplaced review from May, 2014)

On tap at Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, CA.

Wild like an Angelina Jolie adoption and solid like Hank Aaron during his home run trot...Yep!

Wonderful red ale/oak barrel sourness like Alvin The Chipmunk after a bender

Just do it, my children.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2014 05:23:26 | More by RaulMondesi
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KnowYourCraft

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

07-14-2014 23:25:00 | More by KnowYourCraft
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California

4.5/5  rDev +10%

07-14-2014 19:14:55 | More by ChrisAlbertine
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raulazzer

California

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

07-14-2014 16:24:07 | More by raulazzer
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-13-2014 19:34:54 | More by Rekrule
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Kramerwtmf

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-13-2014 06:37:33 | More by Kramerwtmf
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Warlocks-Passage

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-13-2014 03:09:58 | More by Warlocks-Passage
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neurobot01

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

07-12-2014 23:06:50 | More by neurobot01
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California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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MonkeyBread

Nevada

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Khoury's Las Vegas

Nose is fairly subtle of oak, white wine, red fruit and tartness.

Taste is similar to nose. The oak really comes through especially on the finish. It is tart but not overly so, which pleasantly doesn't overpower the other flavors nor make your cheeks burn. The fruit note is difficult to place: cherries, raspberries, grapes and a bit of apple. This is not an overtly flavorful beer. The tartness is complimented by the addition of mild oak and wine flavors from the barrel aging. Body, carbonation and mouthfeel are excellent as you'd expect from Firestone Walker.

Overall, a quality sour with the brewery finding flavors that go well in combination. In comparison to other pricey sours such as from the Bruery this will come across as less flavorful and milder tartness but for me that is a positive.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2014 04:23:20 | More by MonkeyBread
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Agrestic Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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