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American Wild Ale
3.77 | pDev: 8.75%
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Dry-hopped pale ale soured with Lactobacillus
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 83
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Drink by 9/11/16"; drank 5/11/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange/yellow appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE, noisy off-white head (careful pouring!); nice, frothy lace.

Grapefruit & wheat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Orange citrus & wheat flavors up front; tart grapefruit notes on the finish.

A nicely balanced sour pale ale; it's mild on the hops & the tartness but has enough flavor to satisfy.

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Photo of Suds
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a can, this brew is an amber-gold clear colored brew. The head is thin and the aroma is pungent...tart and earthy. The taste is dry, with lots of citrus and flavor. Tart. Medium in body and interesting.

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Photo of puck1225
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on draft into a Shaker pint. Slightly cloudy yellow with a thin head and decent lacing. Strong lemon smell. This carries over to the taste. Wheat notes as well. A pleasant beer that went well with pizza at one of our favorite local BYO food bars.

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Photo of Weixiaobao
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: I get what they're going for on the goofy early 90s aesthetic on the can, but kind of lame. A very nice pale color with minimal head on the pour.
S: Smell is somewhat muted compared to the taste. More grassy than sour.
T: Tart, light, and refreshing. Grapefruit and lemon. This is so balanced and tasty. Perfect for a hot summer evening in the Midwest.
F: Super satisfying. Dangerously drinkable.
O: I had this on tap at my wife's favorite restaurant in KC, Novel. Paired tremendously with that new American cuisine there. Have bought a few four packs of it since. This deserves to be an annual summer release from Tall Grass.

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Photo of drpimento
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Aroma is a nice tart blend of hops, caramel malt, a little lemon, and other fruit. Flavor loses almost all of the hop, leaving mostly the slightly lemony tart beer. Good body. Very drinkable. Wish the hops would've stayed into the flavor.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frosty honey color with a tall webby head. 80% opaque.

Smells of piney hop and yeast, coming off more as a pickle juice aroma with lavender and herbs.

Lots and lots of pink grapefruit with a tiny bit of Splenda. Very tart in nature, hits of water in between the yeast and salt and hop.

Feel is very refreshing, it's quite decent.

Overall I can't imagine this being a bad idea for any month out of the summer. Great quencher, liquid grapefruits.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is what is promised. Smells of pine and funky tart. The tart definitely comes through in the taste, to me it's not overwhelming. If you like tart beers give this a try, if tart scares you look elsewhere.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy and tart aroma with a scent of sour yeast and citrus. Upfront scent of lacto yeast with nice sour and tart hints. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, lemon, orange, and apricot along with green apple. Light malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a tart and juicy taste with notes of lacto yeast and citrus hops. Good presence of lacto yeast giving some sour and tart notes. Citrus hop notes of lemon, grapefruit, orange, and apricot with some green apple. Background malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker. A solid tart taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and tart with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid sour spin on a Pale Ale. Nice juicy citrus flavor.

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Photo of Squire
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light yellow with small cap and little lacing.

Aroma: I get a very clean citrus scent, predominately grapefruit, along with something darker like an evergreen forest. No malt to speak of.

Taste: I don't know what tart beer is supposed to taste like but this stuff is tart potable under any definition. Malt is present in feel like the trunk of a tree that grows lemons, limes and tart apples. Yes, that's it, tart green apple skin without any sweetness. This is a controlled tartness, full without being overbearing. Tart's mostly what I'm getting but it's more complex than I'm making it sound. Some pleasant lingering aftertaste that has the sharpness of lemon zest.

Texture: Thinnish but has some body.

Overall: About what I expected, a lighter 5% brew that's fairly well made around the tart theme. Not my cup of tea but I can see why it's popular. An example of something I wouldn't have paid much attention to in the past, but reading about this style on BA piqued my interest in at least trying some.

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Photo of BigGold
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from pint can into nonic pint. "Totally" nerdy can design, but as claimed this lactobacillus-soured beer is tart, citrusy and refreshing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

dang this is really good, maybe the best i have had from these guys so far. super digging this, the first sour of theirs i have had. its hazy but really bright sunny yellow, attractive in a pint glass, under an inch of white head. it smells nice and tangy, lemony lacto leads the charge, but there is a nice wheaty pale base here, fresh and cereal forward, with quite a hopping, almost ipa level without the bitterness, instead its lemon lime juicy, fantastic. the flavor matches the nose, but the lacto sourness here is only mild, about berliner level, probably done up front the same way too. the hops scream citra and mosaic at me, but i cant confirm, just has that tropical juicy profile to it. tangy and somewhat sharp, but refreshing and not overdone. also super clean for a likely front end souring, none of the sweaty element at all. the hops really make this for me, but its lightness is key too. not too sour, not too bitter, very light body, and carbonated through the roof. among the best i have had from tallgrass, they should bring more like this around. one of the better tart pales ive had really, and one of the first beers from these guys i would buy again...

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Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a super effervescent honey color with any head, falls away quickly ( beige color ). Zero head retention or lacing

S: Pear & a little tartness

T: Tartness, lemon, grapefruit up front. More of the same this warms, a little pear, some dryness. Finishes tart, with a little melon & lemon

MF: Light body, pucker tartness, slight carbonation

Drinks very easy, well worth a try, fails on some areas, but still..

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Photo of Buck89
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Medium hazy orange color with a thin white foamy head that left quickly. Faint herbal aroma with some white bread and citrus. Tasted like an orange sweet tart with some lemon and bitterness. Very dry - not sweet at all - and enjoyable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, golden orange color with a small, fizzy head of foam. It smelled fruity with hints of caramel. Nice sweet fruity flavor with a touch of tartness. Really refreshing tart pale ale.

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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting aroma of white grape and sour lemon, but I don't get much of a hop character. It's easy drinking and refreshing, good for a summer beer, but if you call it a tart pale ale, I want more hops.

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Photo of Wasted_Youth
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like your average pale ale. Yet it has alot more going on. Very sour tart taste to it. It reminds me alot of sweet tarts. It's very light and drinkable. You still get all of the hops and citrus too. This brewery has some interesting stuff.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Tallgrass tumbler glass.

Look: Murky and hazy faded tangerine peel, think the lightest shade of burnt orange. White airy head that recedes to a wisp leaving light splotches and random lines of lacing.

Aroma: Grassy, more than anything with faint tart aromas that remind me of citrus varieties such as tangerines and lemons. A more common hop aroma emerges on the back end.

Taste: Very tart up front but approachable. Again, not a huge malt bill, subtle sweetness under a layer of lemongrass before finishing off with tons of citrus and light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, slightly dry, easy drinker.

Overall: Pretty much as advertised. Tartness covers a lot of ground, with slight hoppiness on the backside.

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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 83 ratings