Dogpatch Strawberry - Almanac Beer Co.

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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 36
Gots: 66 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 05-07-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale brewed with strawberries aged in wine barrels.
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

much like their farmers reserve blackberry, this beer could have been a little more up front with the fruit, but the subtlety of the special ingredient makes the other intricacies of an incredible wild ale stand out that much more. stained bright red like the label, behind a pale yellow wheat beer. cloudy and heady, with aromas of permanent marker and freeze dried strawberries for astronauts. lots of sourness too, more than farmers reserve, and frankly rather intense in that regard. lactic sourness turns to a citric lemony funk, very cool with the fruit, which may otherwise be real sweet. wheat malt base is plenty big, there is a bottom end and a full creamy body to this. well carbonated too. i wish the strawberry was a little more vibrant. it hinges on fresh, but comes across dried to me, like a strawberry cereal. hard to execute with this fruit though, and this is definitely one of the better takes on it out there. the marker thing is odd, astringent, and not a product of fusel alcohols or the like, not of high fermentation temperatures, or anything i can explain with my limited knowledge of the process. its almost like a pint thiner, a caustic or something, just flashing in for a second in mid palate and again in the finish. not off putting, almost flattering to the sweet fruit, but distracting nevertheless. we need more almanac in the state, these beers are incredible taken on the whole. beers like this don't need to be picked apart and analyzed, its an experience as a package deal, and its one id like to have again many times over.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 375mL bottle into a mini-snifter.

A thin, wispy and fizzy head is produced from the pour but it quickly dissipates. What remains is a slightly hazy orange, ruby red and dark brown body. It's got the appearance of maybe guava juice, but hell, I haven't drank that stuff in ages. 4

Mostly sourness and tartness hit my nose, but there's certainly a fruit element to these aromas. The strawberry is there if I try hard enough to find it, but it's faint. 3.5

Strawberry is the last thing you'll taste with this, as a fresh, tart strawberry flavor hits and lingers. Up front it's more heavy on the funk, almost gueuze-like with that heavy malt/yeast taste and sensation. As the beer warms, the fruit becomes more pronounced throughout and plays a good foil to the funk. 4.25

I'd almost say this drinks lightly, but there's a bubbly carbonation like soda followed by the dry, mouth puckering tartness. I smack my lips a few times with each sip. 4.25

This improved mightily with some warming up. Tart fruity flavors abound and the funkiness, while initially quite assertive, takes a back seat and lets the strawberry shine.

Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into flute glass.

Nice effervescence. Slight head. Smell is of oak, maybe some berries, but not much. Taste has little to no strawberries in it. All I get is oak. If I hadn't read the label, I wouldn't have know what type of berry there was supposed to be in it. Decent tartness. Pretty disappointing overall. Other Dogpatches are better.

Photo of Rutager
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance. Pours a really hazy amber-orange with half a finger of off-white head that doesn't last all that long.

Smell. Caramel, slightly acetic, smells a bit like a flanders style. Some cherry and red berries but smell is not really this beer's forte.

Taste. Oh yeah, that's the stuff. Lemony sourness in a big way, light wood and red berries, and a touch of lemon zest.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, fairly strong and fine carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff, quite sour. I would buy this again for sure!

Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A reddish peach orange body, with a good amount of carbonation. A reddish tan head appears at two fingers, but completely evaporates into nothing. Lots of snapping sounding carbonation off the pour. Not even a collar is barely left standing. Looks like a cider vingear.

Very nice fruity nose. Small and subtle acid and heat, but a juiced red fruit quality coming from the strawberries nicely. A nice hint of caramel and toffee/vanilla like sweetness hides in the background.

Palate comes lightly. Seltzery slightly feel and mimosa like finish. Nice fruit quality but with a good amount of carbonation that takes away some of the flavors. Mild acid and vinegar like qualities, with some sense of chewed malt texture. Even with warmth the beer is even more like water, with it's strawberry and fruit characters disappearing.

Overall, what strikes me the most is that doesn't come off like a barrel aged beer in any shape or form. While decent and passable, with some good fruit qualities, it's fleeting and weak, and it's not that memorable either.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared with Curran tonight.

Pours a dark rouge, slightly opaque, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells kinda vinegary, with some indistinct fruitiness, and lactic acid.

This feels a little boring. The high level of carbonation dominates flavor-wise, giving it a bite on top of the medium amount of sourness and tartness. It's not bracingly sour, per se, but it's definitely got some lactic goodness to it. I'm not really getting much strawberry- at fridge temp I'm not getting any at all, but as it warms up I get a slight amount.

This has a crisp, tart mouthfeel, with a very high amount of carbonation.

Not bad, but not that great, either.

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish red in color and somewhat resembles apple cider when looking at this up close; from afar there appear to be more reddish hues. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that gradually died down and eventually completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness and wine barrels are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste is rather sour and has lots of flavors from the wine barrels. I don't get any flavors of strawberries.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This wild ale is pleasant to drink because it isn't overly sour. It was very hard to pick up any strawberries in the smell or taste. This might be because strawberry juice isn't packed with as much flavor compared to other juices. I'm not sure if more strawberries could have been added in this beer to make this taste more like strawberries.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of BeerZombies1
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dogpatch Strawberry
Almanac brewing co.
American wild ale
7.5% ABV

APPEARANCE: Poured out a murky almost unfiltered apple juice color with lots of red and pink glimmers of color popping through the pour as it goes into my red solo cup proper glassware. Nice frothy egg shell white and red tinted head that danced around slightly before disappearing all together.

AROMA: Musty and funky right off the bat. Followed by a smell of fresh squeezed strawberry lemonade. Bready yeast in the middle of the bouquet. Slightly harder to pick up the barrel notes, but they are there ever so lightly bringing up the rear with some light woody notes.

TASTE: This one puckered me pretty good. Has a really nice barnyard funk, hay, golden straw with that intense lemon acidic sourness. Very slight muddled strawberries eaten off of a wooden spoon flavor. The breadiness comes in with a nice carmel sweetness on the backend.

MOUTHFEEL: Light plus body with light carbonation. Finishes dry and snappy quick. Leaving you wanting a other mouth puckering sip.

OVERALL: I thought this was a really nice sour. If I wouldn't have read the label saying this was barrel aged I would be hard pressed to say I would have pulled that out. Also found the strawberries to be lacking in both nose and taste for being advertised as a strawberry ale. None the less it was a very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

RATING: 3.9/5 Zombie Heads!

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Semi cloudy orange, not much carbonation or head.

S-Rather acidic, Good deal of grapes and oak. Strawberries are there but not much of them.

T-Horse blanket, very acidic. Grapes and oak. Strawberries are there but like the nose, not much, more would balance the beer out and improve it a lot.

M-Light, dry finish, nice crisp finish as well.

O-Some more strawberry flavors to improve the balance would have made the beer a lot better.

Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed last summer in Colorado Springs, CO. Pretty much in the fridge since. Full review to phone last night during tasting.

A- Red on the pale side of the spectrum with a fizzy foamy white cap to one finger. Large puffy ring leads to no lacing in the end.

S- Sour lactic bomb with a good layer of funky bugs underneath and fruit tones like lemon, strawberry and wine grapes.

T- Strawberry seem to open up quite a bit with some fresh berry flavors coming to mind. Funk is not huge but underlies it all with a large dose of lactic acid. Wheaty grains, lemon juice, passion fruit yogurt and green apple.

MF- Fairly light overall body with plenty of sours and a bit of a slickness. Carbonation certainly on the higher side as it did start to foam out of the bottle.

Lots of lactic LOL with a noble effort on the strawberries as they actually do come through with that fruity tart berry flavor.

Photo of jakewatt135
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great natural strawberry flavor, had a strawberry and cream like flavor. awesome, best strawberry beer i've had

Photo of FocusDave
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a 6 oz snifter.

A: Clear orange/pink with little head. Quick retention and hardly any lacing.

S: Lots and lots of funk. Hint of fruit.

T: Pucker up tartness followed by a mellow strawberry sweetness.

M: Bubbly and tart. Light clean finish.

O: Not as sweet as Dogpatch Sour, but still good. Funkier than I expected.

Photo of Brohal
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Over the course of a week tried 4 of the Almanac fruit beers (2 of the cherries, the citrus and this). By far this was the least memorable. It wasn't a bad beer by any stretch, but it lacked really any strawberry notes, didn't have the flavor complexity of the other Almanac beers and didn't quite meet the level of expectation I had for it. So, if handed one I wouldn't refuse it and still better than many basic beers, but if I were choosing among Almanac beers this would be on of the last choices probably.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%

poured into cascade tulip.

Appearance: medium red bodied beer with large white head. Head slowly dissipates down to no head at all.

Smell: light to moderate sourness and very fruity.

Taste: Mild tartness upfront. Strawberries and cherries and lots of fruitiness. Minimal funkiness just a hint of lacto cheesiness. Toward the back end of the beer it gets more tart and hints of lemon start to show up. Hint of white wine notes as well.

Mouthfeel: medium body beer with low carbonation. Semi dry finish with a is slightly watery mouthfeel. Pretty standard for Almanac beers.

Overall: Another great sour beer by Almanac. Keep them coming because they are making really solid sours that can be fairly creative at times. The fruit tastes fairly authentic in the sour as well.

Photo of brianmandell
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

375 ml bottle dated May 2014; Reddish amber color with head reducing to minimal lacing.

Smell is lactic, lemon, light sweet berry with some vinous notes

Flavor is lemon and apple up front and very sour - with some acetic acid burn in the throat. The moderate sweetness is masked by the high acidity. Not a whole lot of strawberry flavor which is most apparent in the aftertaste after the initial acidic shock wears off. There is some yogurt and bready malt in the aftertaste which lingers for awhile. I am also getting some oakiness and vinous notes as well.

Mouthfeel is good for the style with active carbonation.

Overall, this is solid but not my favorite from Almanac. The high acidity takes center stage in the flavor department and hides many of the more interesting qualities of the beer.

Photo of nmann08
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours a murky light copper color, orange hues, good carbonation.

The nose is tart, funky, acidic, and of course all strawberries. A little citrus, lemon, yeast. The flavor is pretty acidic, mostly strawberry, a little fruit punch, bread crust, notes of oak. The mouthfeel is a bit puckering but with a bit of sweetness that mixes well with the bitter finish.

Overall, I love strawberries, so I am glad this wasn't a mess, because it tastes very good.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is our first beer from Almanac, so naturally, with all the hype around them these days, we have set the bar high for this one. We have yet to have the base Dogpatch, so we’ll have to sample these guys a bit in reverse. We crack a bottle, pouring a brew a shade between tequila sunrise and iced tea. The caramel colored head is brief, but soaps across the top for most of the tasting. Haze is intensely thick, carrying with it blobs of sediment. The nose is intensely sour of wild yeast and phenolic chemical character, but skimming across the top is a fine, sugary sweetness of strawberry preserves. The wine wood is a bit hard to pin down at first, but comes alongside some ethanol and black pepper as it warms. If you’re on a fresh palate, that first sip will hit you hard in the sour button. Dank, soured, acidity tartness dominates the majority of the flavoring, and essentially forces any echoes of strawberry, which are hollow anyway, to the far aftertaste. Other notes that poke through, albeit sparsely, are toasty pales and wheaty grain, rose and lavender florals, plastics, metallic yeasty body, sheet plastic, and bright chemical phenols. The sip is quick, but puckers hard, giving you the old lemonade throat. The abv is appropriate, and the beer goes back without complaint.

Overall, we thought this was a great sour. However, we found the advertised wine barreling and heaps of hoarded strawberries to be curiously absent, despite both being palpable in the aroma (which is the best part, by the way). They come up most strongly in the aftertaste, as you sit back on the beer between sips, but they are ghosts, no bodies. As our first Almanac beer, we are very excited for their other sour/wild offerings. Again, we have to try the base Dogpatch, but can’t see it being very different from this one, as the sourness didn’t seem to want to share the stage very much. Additionally, if you have a strong aversion to rubbery, plastic, chemical phenols, don’t let this guy get to room temp. Either way, not a bad brew, but we’d like to see what comes next.

Photo of seanwhite
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not a very well balanced sour, as the sour taste seemed to over power this beer.

Light brown in color, not much head, but mouthfeel had a solid amount of carbonation.

I did not get much strawberry taste or smell with this one. It was OK, just nothing out of the ordinary or worth buying again. The price is high for what tastes like a common sour, without much complexity.

Photo of dar482
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma offers lemon tart qualities with some strawberry and general berry notes.

The beer is medium plus tart up front onto a soft strawberry flavor and a clean finish. Not much or no funk to speak of as the beer seems to be covered by tart qualities.

A wonderful sour from Almanac that stands up to their other brews and great other sour brews.

Photo of draheim
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375mL into a tulip. Pours a murky tea brown w/ a thin, quickly vanishing head.

Aroma is equal parts oaky sour and fruity sweet. Pretty subdued.

Taste is acidic, almost vinegary, tempered by a subtle berry sweetness. Nicely dry and oaky.

Mouthfeel is balanced with a dry finish.

Overall a solid fruit sour, drinkable and tasty.

Photo of mac31
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured to small snifter, served at 50F

Sweet strawberry entry, no mistaking that. The acid from the strawberry marries well with the sour, acidic profile of this brew. Some vinous, earthiness nuanced flavors moving in to the finish. Reminds me of a Rosé. Thin bodied, minimal lingering sour notes, pleasant and enjoyable. The sweetness of the strawberry resurfaces from time to time, making this sour not so sour. Carbonation is soft, but spritzy-dancing on the tongue. No alcohol detected. Easy to drink. Too bad there is only 375 mls per bottle. Much better than their dog patch sour offering. Will buy again.

Photo of scottfrie
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle into tulip. Bottled May 2014.

A: Pours a dark iced-tea color with a ruby hew to it. Fluffy thick head faded to a thin lasting bubbly collar.
S: Jammy and buttery nose. Strawberries are sweet and tastes like fruit preserves, and the barrel is full of woody, buttery, oak. Tart notes with hints of spicy yeast.
T: Sweet jammy strawberry up front with tart and clean acidic funk that has a mild citrus quality to it. Clean flavors. Blond light crisp clean bright tart flavors with a sweet kiss of strawberry. Aftertaste has a touch of greasy sweetness.
M: Light and crisp body, tart and dry mouthfeel, Puckering. Fuzzy carbonation. Tartness is citric acid like.
O: A clean and easy sour. Strawberry is juicy but not overpowering.

Photo of MissSmisje
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: brownish peach
S:strawberries, a touch of the sour milk scent warm strawberries give off, hay
T: tart, unripe strawberries, red jolly rancher, hay, lemon pulp in the finish
F: medium mouth feel (the body feels like it comes from sugars), sour, with an acidic finish
O: solid. Not the most complex strawberry sour I've had, but a good beer.

Photo of CraftFan5
4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not sure exactly how they do it, but Almanac nails the balance of a sour every time. It's never mildly tart or too mouth-puckering; it's juuuust right.

Photo of unclejazz
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Mouthwateringly delicious, fruit notes come out as it warms. Well done.

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