Atomic Kangarue
The Bruery

Atomic KangarueAtomic Kangarue
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Style:
American Wild Ale
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 10.97%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
309
From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  9
Gots
  32
SCORE
86
Very Good
Atomic KangarueAtomic Kangarue
Notes: Wild blonde ale with grapes
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 309
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ah, time to delve into a retired beer review. This is one I can already tell I like more than your average person or score. This is a unique beer. Bruery really pushes the envelope when it comes to making a beer with grapes. The wine and beer blend thing. This one pours yellow. It has a big time 1" white head. Good retention. Aroma smacks hard of white wine but there is also a little bit of oaky funk dry french like notes.

Taste, has everything, some hop bitterness, some grape must, some dry oak, some sourness, some bretty like adhesion to the teeth. I find it complex and yummy. The vinous aspect with the light breadiness and brettiness is welcome. I hope they make this again, really Bruery and New Glarus seem to be the only breweries doing this much stuff with white wine grapes and beer. I can dig it.

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Photo of stevoj
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Complex, yes. but possibly too complex. Too many things going on here for any one thing to stand out. Wild, maybe, but If your expecting a sour, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

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

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a clear light gold beer topped by a two finger dense white head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of barnyard funk, horseblanket, faded hops and sourness
T: Taste is sourness and a little grape up front, funk with notes of band aid and horseblanket with some faded hops at times as well providing some fruity/citrusy notes. Swallow is lingering sourness and grapes with more funky brett action with some lingering fruity esters.
M: Lighter side of medium in body with slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish
O: There's a lot going on in this beer and I don't think the time hurt it at all. It probably picked up a bit more sourness from the time but this one is still drinking very well. Overall, this is one to try if sour and funk is your thing.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle.

A: Initial, slightly sweet grape aroma that gives way to some citrusy-fruity hops, funk, and sourness.

A: Bright orange, hazy, with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. A bit of lacing is evident on the glass.

T: Slightly sweet, lightly tart grape flavor, with a citrusy-fruity hoppiness, followed by a tart, moderately low sourness. The beer finishes dry.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. There’s a slight alcoholic warmth, but masks its high ABV well.

O: Overall this is a solid beer with interesting grape notes with a soft, complimentary sourness. The grape aroma and flavor have gotten a bit stronger as the beer has matured. The hops which provide complimentary citrus notes have become a bit more muted (and less supportive).

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Photo of vfgccp
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright gold body with 4 fingers of towering, loosely bubbled bone-white head. OK retention and low lace.

S - Sweet honey nose with white grape, moss, lemon zest, dry grass, pears, and honeydew rind.

T - Muscat grape, tart pear, white peach, apricot, soft lemonade, dry grass, vanilla, bitter Swiss chard and parsley, and a dry pinot grigio finish.

M - Light, dry, and slightly boozy body.

O - A deliciously vinous take on a sour ale, although it drinks more like a a sour triple than an American wild.

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Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a clear pale golden color with a white head.

The smell is earthy grape, mild brett funk and a vinous juiciness that is similar to gummy worms. (You know what im talking about, that candy from your youth.)

The taste is fruity, mostly vinous and herbal with a hoppy slight veggy aftertaste. Like the nose, the sweetness comes across like candy gummy bears or worms.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with modest carbonation. An interesting grape character to this that doesnt play nice with the hoppy vegetative character and lingering bitterness.

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Photo of popery
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is yellow orange in color and quite cloudy. Medium-sized white head. Looks a bit fizzy but holds up pretty well. The aroma is citrus and grapes with a fair bit of lactic acid character. Sweet orange/grapefruit/lime juice. Some floral sweetness. Less malt character than expected. Alcohol is well hidden. I really expected more booze in this one. Fairly tart. Lots of fruit. Grapes, tangerines, oranges, lime peel. Mild oak. The blend of sour and sweet flavors is very nice. Really shows off the blend of the two component beers well. Medium body. A lot easier to drink than expected. Interesting and tasty.

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Photo of Jjski
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not really sour but pleasantly tart and complex. Bottled 7/2014. cellared at 55F

Grape must, dry hopping, Brett funk. I can think of saisons that are as "sour" as this. Somewhere in between DFH Noble Rot, Boulevard Saison Brett and New Belgium Le Terrior.

Wild ( a little), sour (not much), hoppy, complex. Balanced, but not going to please those wanting a sour taste bud shredder

I would get another

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Photo of cvm4
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a golden amber opaque body with a one finger eggshell head. No real retention or lacing.

S - White grape skin, citrus juices and some funk. The amarillo hops really come through from the dry hop.

T - Pretty tasty. White grape, grape skin, lemon and pear. Tart, not sour, and a definite grape must and funk to it.

F - Light to medium body and medium to high carbonation. Has a dry finish. Considering the abv, not a lot of heat.

O - I'm not sure why this is rated so low, 85 currently. The beer is unique and must have come together over a few months compared to when it was newly released. So much grape must, tartness and hop profile that compliments each other wonderfully.

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Photo of BeerAllYouCanBe
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

True amber color, hazy. Lactic sour, grapefruit and lychee (not sure, tough to identify) pleasant, moderate fruitiness. Distinctive grapefruit flavor on entrance, assertive lactic sourness. Very drinkable, not a standout among Bruery beers, but a nice addition to the Belgian style sours.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow in color. Clear in appearance. Nicely balanced. Not over the top. Good grape flavor. Simple grain malt profile. Dry hopping adds a goodness.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Aroma: The aroma on this is wonderfully complex and seems to morph into something different with every sniff. Citrus, sharp lemon, mild pine--all coming from the dry hop. Some tartness and hint of sour, but pleasant. Some sweetish sugar and as it warms I pick up some white grape. Definite Brett character.
Appearance: Deep gold color. Slight haze from dry hop and some lees in the bottle. A huge white head with fine and tight bubbles that persists for ages.
Flavor: Up front hop flavor and bitterness with white grape, lemon peel, pear. The beer is tart but not mouth-puckering like a geueze or lambic. Slight alcohol noted, but drinks more like 6% than 9.5%! Dry and lingering tart and bitter finish, but not truly astringent. Leathery notes as warms. Has some bone dry white wine flavors. Body on the thin side, but not watery.
Overall: A bold and wacky beer that keeps changing things up. By all rights, the hop, sour, and grape should fight each other, but these all just keep building on layers of aroma and flavor. The grape really plays a supplemental role in this beer, not front and center like some of the examples I've tried. I could drink this every day and be happy.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%

From 11/15/14 notes. Got a bottle of this in the RS this year. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a murky bright dark orange color with one and a half fingers of white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Citrus hops, grape must, funk, oak , fruity malts, sour white wine. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. More sour fruit in the taste, not too hoppy.

Overall I thought this was pretty good but a bit weak in the nose. Funky and lots of grape must. I had a bottle of Oui Oui from 2012 a few months ago and this kind of reminds me of that, but better. Still not my favorite Bruery beer but good.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Retsinis for sharing this one at Skuter's tasting.

Bottled 7/30/14.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, grape, funk, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with sour funk, Brett, grape, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and funk bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice use of Brett and dry hopping with the sour aspects.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of rudzud
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a good one finger white head that leaves light lacing and wisps. 4.25 (x .05 = .213)

S - Aromas of genetic blonde, super faint hops, no grapes. Everything is very faint and rather underwhelming. Argh 3.25 (x .2 = .65)

T - Taste is lightly sour and tart, hops...they're there but I think the Bruery used the wrong hops here. It's an odd hop note, not much bitterness super light. The grapes are practically non-existent. No funk...Great they used brett trois, ugh. Just mediocre 3.25 (x .45 = 1.463)

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated crisp, somehow it's a sipper. Syrupy, odd not quite hop bitterness. Just ugh. 3.25 (x .1 = .325)

O - Overall this beer is not a good beer at all. Looks awesome on paper but executed super poorly. Why? This should have been awesome. 3.25 (x .2 = .65)

Total Rating Score: 3.3
Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.4/5  rDev -37.3%

750mL bottle acquired through the Hoarders Society. Bottled 7/30/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a pale, hazy orange with two and a half fingers of rocky, white head. The foam slowly fades to a surface haze and modest halo that leaves small clumps of lace.

I catch aromas of Brett, old citrus, grapes and hay. Much like a saison but coming across more clunky than crisp (which may not make sense in reading but that's the impression I get).

Whoa! The initial flavors take me aback with it's onslaught of sourness, astringency and wild yeast. It's not a puckering or tart sour, but more of a spoiled sourness. Grapes (seemingly more peel and seed than juice), citrus rot, strong dry Brett character, bitter herbal earthiness, faint orange/peach pulp, vague bready malts apparent in the background with some soft spicey notes and an obvious alcohol bite that is piled on top as supposed to integrated with the other flavors. It calms down a bit as I get acclimated to the taste but never really comes together for me, remaining disjointed and rather unpleasant.

A dry but fairly heavy feel with moderately crisp carbonation. Finish remains dry with notes of spoiled fruit, funky Brett and mildly sweet bread.

I'll try just about anything once but that's all I'm willing to give to Atomic Kangarue (and half of this bottle was sacrificed to the drain gods). I was hoping that the grapes and Amarillo dry hopping would make this much more fruit forward than it turned out. If this is what Bruery and Smog City intended to release then we'll just need to agree to disagree on what deserves distribution...

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Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Split with rudzud.

Pours a nice creamy 1 finger head that fades slowly with decent lacing, nice legs, hazy carrot orange color. 4

Nose blonde ale, little apple cider note, faint citrus tangerine, very light grassy hops, little vinous note and white grape skin, faint sour green malts, mild sweet candy blonde malt, little weird Brett trois mild funk that's fairly detectable. 3.75

Taste meh, grainy blonde malt to start, Hint sweet candy malt, little tart orange zest and bitter rind, stone fruity stone fruit, big funky bready lots of mild Brett funk. Finish is Brett trios funk, bitter rind and mild grassy spicy hop, sticky flemmy, bleh. 3.5

Mouth is bleh, sticky, flemmy, light carb, icky. 3

Overall bleh, pretty lame not enjoyable at all. 3.25

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Photo of pkalix
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%

bready. tart. but tart with a funky aftertaste. not totally unpleasing but not pleasant either. hard to describe. acidic. grapes definitely in there. certainly not their best work.

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Photo of the_trystero
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into tulip.

A - Pours light orange/straw colored with tall white head.

S - Sweeter tropical fruits, a little bready.

T - Very slightly tart, fermenty white grape juice, very little hop presence.

D - Good carbonation with a slightly viscous white wine body.

O - Meh, was hoping for more tartness and definitely much more hops.

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Atomic Kangarue from The Bruery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 309 ratings