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Egregious - The Rare Barrel

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 24
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pmarlowe on 01-03-2014

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Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 6
Reviews by scottfrie:
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4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy dirty lemon color with a finger or two of white head that faded into a fuzzy film and collar. Stringy lace was left down the glass.
S: Earthy yeast and dry oak barrel mix with sweet tropical and citrus hops expertly well. The nose is hoppy and vibrant with perfumey hops, earthy light funk, pineapple, and a touch of mint.
T: More tart than nose let on. Lightly acidic with a sharp lactic bite. Lemon and grapefruit juice with a touch of peach. Lemon and dough in the finish, with a buttery oaky funk in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body, tart, greasy mouthfeel. Not super dry, not super tart. Good bite to it though. Mellow carbonation.
O: Delicious. I was expecting a touch more hops but this is balanced and works well. Easy drinking, but could be drier. I dig it. Solid bitterness.

EDIT: Had batch 2 on tap a few times and I'm getting a lot more tropical and floral hops. The sweet and fragrant hops are working better with the sour than my above review. Overall, I enjoyed it much more than the first time I had it, and have bumped up my review as such.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pickles and apricots. Light and moderately sour. Not earth shattering, but technically sound.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is the second batch made of this beer. Reviewing from a growler pour.

An aggressive pour into a TRB tulip glass produces a small head that dissipates to a ring. The foam replenishes after some initial sips, and there is some threadlike lacing, but foaming action peters out quickly. The beer itself is a transparent, hazy, yellow-gold.

Smells of green herbs (I'd say close to dried basil) which, overlaid on the fruit notes, brings to my mind pizza, which probably would be great to pair with this beer.

Tastes of lacto sourness with a lot of orange/tangerine flavor mid palate, finishing with basil/green herb and a bit of citrus rind. It is not bitter though.

Light body, pleasant palate coating sourness, it has a light and refreshing mouthfeel. Carbonation diminishes progressively.

The zesty orange sourness and green herb notes dry hopping with Amarillo hops works surprisingly well with the lacto-sour base beer to make a satisfying and interesting lightly-fizzed, hoppy fruit-punch kind of beer. I think it is an interesting experiment.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served at the brewery in a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy gold. Little to no head.

S: Mmmm. The Amarillo hops are apparent. Strongly aromatically hoppy. Very bitter. Lightly fruity.

T: Incredible. Great blend of light tartness, hoppy acidity, and well-bittered. Smack worthy finish with hint of Hoppiness.

M: Tart and refreshing pleasant.

O: interesting and unique. I love this. Highly recommended. Will have again.

Photo of jethrodium
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a growler. Pours a cloudy golden amber with a small white head that settles pretty quickly and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is a lot of grapefruit. There is also a bit of lemon and a slight earthiness. The initial taste is tart with a bit of sweetness, a bunch of grapefruit, and a little lemon. A little bit of hay as well. Finish is tart with a bit of bitterness as well. Medium body. Low carbonation. Leaves a bit of a strange smarties aftertaste that is a little unpleasant to me.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

undoubtedly my favorite beer i had at the great american beer festival. truly unforgettable and wildly unique, with a zesty hopping that has to be galaxy or amarillo or something near it. its a golden base beer, simple looking really, with a ring of white lace around the glass and an aroma of fresh sliced peaches and sticky dank high alpha hops. the sourness seems both like mature brett and warm lacto, a cool combination that keeps the hops insanely fresh, but doesnt let bitterness really arise in this. the interplay between the wild yeast, the generous hops, and the time spent in oak is a wonderful combination, and while it sounds simple in words here, the synergy of these ingredients is literally indescribably delicious. its so dynamic and expressive, its hoppy in a way i dont ever think about hops, beyond fruity or bitter or vegetal, its almost spiritual in a way, soulful and like nothing else. the sour ramps up on the finish, leaving the palate real dry, but watering for more, another neat sensation. carbonation is right where it should be, and the overall impression i took away from this is that it is up there with the best wild ales i have ever had. no clue if this is packaged at all, but i need to taste this again. so special, world class no doubt.

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Egregious from The Rare Barrel
92 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.