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Malice Wild Ale - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Malice Wild AleMalice Wild Ale

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204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 25
Gots: 34 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dvmin98 on 11-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 204 | Reviews: 25
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Photo of ThickNStout
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500mL bottle procured from Wicked Weed's brew pub (Asheville, NC). 10.95. No bottling date. Served in a goblet.

Pours ruddy chestnut with two fingers of ecrue froth. The head quickly dissipates to a meager halo, leaving behind only a few tiny specks on the glass.

Smells funky and fruity. Barnyard, hay, oranges, clove and vague mint.

Flavors are an interesting and intense collision of tamarind sweetness, blood orange citrus and Brett funk. The fruits really tame the overall taste so it is only mildly tart. Brett seems dominant with tamarind and blood orange right behind followed by mint, hay, chalk, earth, faint cloves, rope and a very subdued sweetness. Nice and fruity overall without any overly harsh sour funk.

An almost dull, medium feel with very little carbonation. There is barely enough fizz to keep this from feeling flat on the palate. Finishes dry with tamarind, a mild Brett funk and faint blood orange.

Not the blood orange bomb I was hoping for but I appreciate that this must be young enough that the Brett hasn't crowded out the flavorful fruit additions. The flavors seem to linger somewhere between a farmhouse, a wild ale and a fruit beer. Interesting hybrid and I don't lament having a couple more.

Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, at the brewery

"Malice is the land between sour beer and Brett beer. The beer was brewed with over 100 lbs of Tamarind, Blood Orange and lime zest. Dirty straw orange in color, it’s bursting with earthy funky tartness and finishes with heavy citrus skin and tart citrus. The land between is so good!"

Wicked Weed certainly gets an A for effort - not particularly sour or wild - definitely get a bit of yeasty goodness though. The tamarind was lost on me, but the citrus flavors were nice. Wicked Weed is adventurous and makes some really interest beers - I've just yet to find one that is really 'great'

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle poured into a taster.

Appearance - Hazy orange body with a nice white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Lots of oak and barrel. Vanilla. Earthy brett. Light citrus and wine aroma.

Taste - Pleasantly tart and bretty. More citrusy. Distinct orange flavor. Wine flavors are syringe as well. Earthy and woody brett finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - The orange flavors don't quite pop, but they make enough of an impression for this to be an interesting beer.

Photo of dvmin98
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Good Bottle Co. in Charlotte.

Color is a nice burnt orange. Smells of the blood orange with some barnyard. Can get the tamarind as well. Very rustic. Very clean.

Get the initial tartness with some raspberry and orange, with the Brett coming through. Dry with a lingering aftertaste that is awesome.

One of the best sours I've had. Great job!

Photo of wedge
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

@ Wicked Weed

Hazy orange topped with a loose soap bubble head. Smells tart and woody opening up to reveal floral and dry, acidic citrus aromas, subtle sugar cookies, and Brett-y funk. Tasty lemon acidity, juicy tartness, dry funk, and leather with a slightly puckering lime juice. Dry, tart, and crisp in the mouth. More lemon than any of the actual fruit added to the beer, but I don't really mind. Very enjoyable!

Photo of sagefool
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really tasty sour from Wicked Weed. I find, on the whole, that their lighter colored beers are less tasty than their amber to dark offerings.

Minimal head. Orange amber color, like a wrap from some drums I used to own.

Citrus up front, softened by the funky oiliness of the Brett.

Very good...although not as great as their flagship Dark Angel.

Photo of rlee1390
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice and tart, oak. Citrus really comes through nice balance. Tad earthy as well.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: deep orange to copper color. a finger and a half of a foamy head that fades pretty quickly and leaves a fairly strong lacing. completely hazy and opaque

Smell: strong earthy funky yeast. a little bit of sour. juicy blood oranges. some oakiness plays in with the brett aroma.

Taste: opens with blood oranges. along with some earthy oaky flavors. small amount of vinegar and sour. end is full of funky brett yeast.

Mouthfeel: fairly light, almost too light. good moderate sourness.

Overall: my only complaint with this beer is that it can sometimes come off as very weak flavored and almost watery. otherwise all the tastes are great and work extremely well together. a great wild that has plenty of flavor without being overpowering sour.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a ruby-amber coloring, with a fluffy, light, off-white head on the pour that almost immediately recedes into a thin, sparse halo. Aromas of orange, spicy wood, subtle raspberry tart, sour notes, hints of farmhouse funk, bubble gum, and hints of toffee sweetness. Flavors are more of the tart and sweet fruit blend provided by the blood oranges, with a subtle dose of spices, woody notes, and an underlying blast of tart and dry sourness that really balance quite nicely. Dry and crisp bodied, with a slightly astringent and slightly fruity aftertaste. The blood orange really makes for a nice compliment to the sourness throughout drinking. The finish is slick and smooth, with an underlying dryness. Extremely drinkable beer. Great sour.

Photo of StandupandStout
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Not much of a sour fan, but the only thing malice about this beer is how it strikes my view towards wild ales. With a hint of blood orange and tamarind, it sends a flavor rush with fruit written all over it, while still maintaining it's name for an ale. The body has a hue of an red orange with a light head. Definitely a beer to kick back, bbq, and sip.

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

Rich amber color with a quickly dissipating head. Good clarity. Aroma of oak, vanilla and barnyard. The taste is mildly sweet and sour like a Flemish, but only halfway. Blood oranges don't translate huge, just a little acidity and meaty grapefruit. Quite muted flavor of a bit of funk, almost tart, then dries up to nothing. Clean, yes. Well crafted, yes. Still left me wanting more, perhaps formed by unreal expectations due to the heavy hype on this brewery.

Photo of cvm4
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2014

L - Pours an orange/amber body that is very clear in color and has a fizzy one finger eggshell head. Not much lacing or retention.

S - Good funk notes, tart, oak, leather and blood oranges.

T - Nice balance of sweet blood orange with the tart white grapes. Earth and oak midway through then a white wine finish.

F - Medium body and medium carbonation. Dry body that has a long finish.

O - Very nice brett beer to drink with the oranges that balance it out and the wine barrels add another dimension.

Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with a white froth that fades slowly leaving patchy lace. The aroma is lemony lactic with citrus zest and pith. Overall not a bad smelling brew. The tastes is tart and lemony with a fruity alcohol aspect and juice character like orange and grapefruit zest. A little hint of perfume and some earthiness round this brew out. It is light bodied, pleasantly tart and moderately carbonated. The fresh citrus addition made this beer pop.

Photo of dgfair
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured from 500ml bottle into riedel wine glass. Bottled 2014. 6.7% abv.

Pours a nice deep orange color with a good bit of fluffy white head.

Smell is really nice funk with a bit of oak. Definitely picking up some of the blood orange in the smell, but not a large amount. Mostly dominated by a very pleasing oak and earth.

Taste is fantastic. Tamarind and wine barrel shine through slightly overshadowing the tart sweetness of the orange. Would not call it overly sour, but somewhere in the funky to sour range.

Overall, very pleasing taste and nose. Super easy to drink. Could definitely have another and will certainly seek out more bottles of this while it is available.

Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottling.

A: Pours a clear red with a good sized...light orange(?) head. Very fizzy head; disappears fast. What head there is ends up sticking around for a while, oddly enough. Zero lacing.

S: Well, sweet oranges of course. Obvious funk from the brett. Must be aged in wine barrels but I can't quite tell what kind. Quite tart and fruity.

T: Hmph. Sweet and sour up front. Sour citrus and lots of it. Wine barrel kicks in about the middle with a dry crispness. Mildly funky leading into the finish. Dry finish and aftertaste. Lingering oak and wine and just a hint of tart citrus lasts forever.

M: Medium bodied, tart and dry.

O: A really crisp and dry sour. Lots of nice sweet and sour citrus. Wine barrel adds complexity and depth without overpowering like some tend to.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -13%

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, fruit, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit, earth, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is solid, but I am not getting any distinct blood orange or tamarind qualities that the label describes.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

One of the more complex WW sours. Nice aroma and flavor. I like the funk that comes through. And the blood orange contributes without dominating. This for me shows a step forward from some of their other sours.

Photo of WTKeene
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared courtesy of TheReal_Adam, alongside Gunch52 and Abbbp. Poured into a Jester King Funk and Sour Fest Tulip.

Appearance: Dark orange, hints of red, little bit of brown too. A small fizzy eggshell head, no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sourness, bretty funk, and a nice citrusy note too, with a bit of a dark fruit, sweet flavor that must be the tamarind. Quite nice.

Taste: Sweet, not as sour as much as it is bretty. The fruit isn’t as strong here, but there is a bit of a zestiness. Some citrus notes too, perhaps not specifically blood orange. The sweetness must be from the tamarind. I rather like this.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the lower side, rather dry. Very drinkable, which is great.

Overall: Great stuff from Wicked Weed. Wonderful blend of flavors, nice and complex. Really great stuff.

Photo of kevanb
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%

500ml bottle, undated, poured into a Wicked Weed snifter.

The beer pours a dark copper color, light ambers, fairly opaque and cloudy with a fizzy, bone colored head that doesn't last at all with no lace. The aroma is bretty, a touch buttery, perhaps a bit of diacetyl, dark citrus, dark fruit, a little spice but a heavy malt backbone. The flavors mirror, dark fruits, citrus tanginess, light funk, mild spice, and sweet, sweet, sticky, honey malt flavors. The mouthfeel is heavy, and sticky, but it coats well, and finishes quite easily.


Verdict: A bit of a miss for me with this one, the malt background is way too heavy for my palate, clouds out the citrus and the tamarind hardly makes an appearance. The little bit of butter in the nose didn't help this either, but all in all, the heaviness and thickness of this beer just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at beer study in chapel hill. thanks JD for getting this keg back from Asheville!

pours a murky red color with a slight head. Smell is mildly sour...i get some tart cherries and brettanomyces aroma but not too intense. The taste is very reminiscent of a flemish red to me and is honestly quite good... its yeasty and not too sour but definitely somewhat. not lip puckering but the brett is definitely there and making its presence felt. get some cherry notes as well. medium bodied...mild carbonation.

Overall wicked weed continues to impress by now putting out a terrific sour. recommended.

Photo of LittleDon
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Bottle poured on 9/10/14 into a tulip shaped glass. Copper colored with a small head. Mild brett funk aroma. A slight tamarind/citrus component middle to end. Medium carbonation and light body.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a sample glass. Thanks, Preston.

A: Clear, amber/gold with a half-finger off-white head that dissipates fast. Spotty lacing.

S: A sweet tartness that merges with the wine barrels. Yep, blood oranges are in the mix. If I knew what tamarind smelled like, I might be smelling it, too.

T: Tart and tingly. Citrus notes (as in blood oranges) blend well with the oak and funk. Smooth and a bit wild.

M: Light to medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: Another winner from the Wicked Weed folks. Everyone really enjoyed the tart funkiness of this Malice of a brew.

Photo of roger617
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into an Upland tulip.

A: Pours a dark orange / copper color with over a finger of white head that reduces quickly and leaves a hefty collar. This beer almost glows with a red tint.
S: I get some herbs, citrus, mellow funk. Comes across as a blend of a saison and wild ale.
T: Tangerine and orange take the lead, with a good amount of herbal spice to keep it from being too tart. On the back is more of the funk to leave a lingering dryness.
M: Carbed moderately high as per the style. Leaves a dry after taste, but with enough flavor that it isn't chappy.
O: This is a unique take on the style, and comes across very nicely. Balanced well enough that it isn't off putting in any manner, yet tart and funky enough to bring out the great flavors.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%

Appearance: Served up a dark orange body in hue, fairly hazed, with a small though sustained white, gently fluffed head.

Smell: Slim malts hinting of day-old biscuits, leathery dried oranges and light, albeit fragrant lime peel with some brett tones but also some light lactic tones.

Taste: Restrained toasted biscuity maltiness enveloped in a well-rounded, earthy funkiness. While the acidic lime and tart blood oranges serve as a somewhat subtle, but entirely complimentary character. Lightly spicy. Modest oak barrel quality. Scantly lactic through to the citrusy, brightly carbonated, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel.

Overall: Good stuff! Charmingly drinkable and tasty throughout.

Photo of jbwimer
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a pretty clean, deep copper, with minimal head and retention. Getting a bit of funk on the nose. Citrus, some tartness, sweeter fruit peeking through. Flavor is citrus rind, strong tartness, and a dry, orange flavor. Mouthfeel could use some more weight and carbonation, but still pleasant. I like what WW has been doing with fruited sours. Just wish there was more blood orange. Still enjoyable!

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Malice Wild Ale from Wicked Weed Brewing
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