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Sourdough Wild Ale - Almanac Beer Co.

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Sourdough Wild AleSourdough Wild Ale

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79
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306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 14
Gots: 45 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jtrigonis on 01-30-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with a mash of raw and malted barley, oats, rye, spelt and lemon, this beer was fermented in used wine barrels with a blend of Brettanomyces wild yeasts and Marla Bakery’s San Francisco sourdough yeast. The finished beer is dry-hopped with tropical Mosaic hops. This unfiltered ale is alive in the bottle: drink fresh for a bright, passionfruit aroma or age to develop the wild yeast funk.
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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.29/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed it, not sour at all. I loved how they used a sourdough yeast to help ferment it.

Photo of yeaprolly
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cp45
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cyrushire
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TychoNDC
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sheenisgod
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chefbigjon
4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Soneast
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of olradetbalder
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of stakem
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml into a snifter. The brew appears a clear pale yellow color with a thick white head that fades slowly leaving a a full wall of lace. The smell includes notes of lemon, somewhat rindy and zesty but finishes with almost soapy qualities. The taste is very bitter and oily almost soapy with some sweet wheat or candy notes underneath but seems unbalanced and too bitter. This is light bodied with big effervescent carbonation. This brew has some high points to it but the bitterness really clashes with the tartness.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of FutureJack
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of BG24
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of cpetrone84
2.3/5  rDev -33.1%

Pour is a transparent golden amber with a decent bit of bubbly white head. Nose is adjunct grain, stale dough, pale malts, musky citrus hops. Taste is sweeter, still some adjunct grain, less doughiness to it, pale malts, citrus and sugar in back. Low carb, syrupy body.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of cletusdog
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of Nickgiraud
3.68/5  rDev +7%

Photo of chcfan
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2013 375 mL bottle into a teku glass.

A- Monstrous pale white head, fluffy and light. Sticky lace is plentiful. Cloudy peach or orange-colored body. 4.25

S- Big passionfruit and peach aromas. Lemony and lightly citric. Somewhat like crackers or otherwise minerally and bready. Pretty splendid smell. 4.5

T- Starts off fruity, still thinking peaches and fainter passionfruit, but then it gets funky pretty quickly and even, yikes, a bit puke-like at the finish. Lemon zest comes on pretty strong and aggressively on the finish, but some sweet maltiness does a good job of offsetting it for the most part. To a certain extent, it reminds me of a Brett IPA minus the hops. That make sense? I think it tastes almost too yeasty at times, unfortunately. 3.5

M- It's got a juicy quality too it and is easily sipped. Very yeasty at the same time and the finish brings a zesty bite that is smoothened by some creamy malt. 3.75

The yeast on this could be toned down quite a bit, but otherwise there are some great flavors in here, particularly the passionfruit and peach. It's a beer with great potential that slightly disappoints.

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of MCMASTERSANCHEZ
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Sourdough Wild Ale from Almanac Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.