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Mother Funker | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 381 |  Reviews: 89
Reviews by coldmeat23:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Comes out a vibrant yellow with a full on inch of white head on the top. Plenty of carbonation. Aroma hit massive levels (Upland) of sourness, behind that was a small amount of oak and funk. So much lemon though.

Taste, eee gad if this isn't one of the most acidic and sour battery acid (Upland) kinds of beers around. Drop this and a kiwi lambic together and watch your stomach erupt like in that Aliens movie.

Its far from complex, lots of acidic lemon leads. Not overly funky, but its there, same with the oak. Otherwise, its interesting and still a fun drink. Just bring your friends and antacids.

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Photo of Jparkanzky
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a slightly dirty pale yellow color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of sour and vinegar notes with light funky ester. Taste is rather sour with quiet a bit of acidic notes and some vinegar notes can also be detected. Light funky notes are more or less interesting. Body is about average with low carbonation. I thought this one was lacking complexity and came out more as a one-dimensional acidic and sour beer with limited funky notes.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of John_M
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Graciously opened during Philly beer week at Capone's.

The beer pours a waxy, honen gold color with minimal head retention and lacing. As I had been warned, the nose is just outrageous, showcasing considerable sour funk, mustard, lime and horsesweat. Talk about Brett overload! On the palate, the beer is bettter, as I get lime, honey, grape and cherry flavors, that marry well with the sour funk. The sour is completely over the top, which is pretty much what I expected. Mouthfeel is long and lingering, with sour, sour finish. An interesting, unusual beer, but obviously, the sour funk is just a bit much in this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had really high hopes for this, as ive heard many people with respectable palates assert that this is the sourest beer of them all. the granddaddy. well, first of all, it isn't. second of all, its not very good and was probably discontinued for a reason. it pours a pale hazy yellow color, watery looking, with only a small layer of white fizz. the aroma burns my nose from the acid, and smells like little else but acid and a touch of lemon. the flavor is akin to salt and vinegar potato chips, with all the sour being concentrated on the tip of the tongue, not that whole mouth sour like some of the better examples of the style. there is some mild fruit, and a whole lot of malt vinegar, this beer is a real miss for me. its almost caustic in the mouth, burning my tongue and drying my teeth. there is very little redeeming about it really, aside from being a novelty. its not even that sour, its just a weird, sort of misdirected sour, and it just doesn't work, not even in small doses. good carbonation and a really light body, but this is not drinkable by any standard. overall a letdown for me for a variety of reasons, but chief among them is that I expect everything from the bruery to be amazingly good, and this is so pedestrian. not sure if there is much of this around anymore, but if you find it, skip it.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. Beer is yellow, hazy, almost still, low carbonation, almost no head, no lacing.

Aroma is sharp, sweet, cheese and acetone and acetic acid.

Beer is thin and bright, dry and solventy on the finish. Lemon and sweet up front, while I think there is some acetobacter character in this beer it hasn't taken over, drinkable but really pushing it on the sour scale.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of ales4baldo
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quick notes taken at a tasting

has a cloudy look to it. Pours thin. Goldish look.

smell is super citrus. Lemon and orange.

Taste is sour as hell and super stingy. Lemon has a strong presence.

Mouthful is really weird. Lots of sour and lemon and salt. All over the place.

Not a good beer. This should sit for a while. Too sour and salty. Nothing great.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Etan
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml received in a trade last year. Into a snifter.

A: Light straw-colored body, no head.

S. Old hay funk, mild tropical brett, piercing acetic sourness, lactic notes.

T. Very sour. Lots of vinegary acid, heavy lemon, lactic in the finish.

M. Flat, light-bodied.

O: Lack of carbonation and the overly heavy acetic character doom this one to a low rating.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of BassBone
4.79/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the Bruery tasting room poured into a small tulip.

The beer pours a fantastic yellow/gold with no head to speak of. This is a beautiful beer to look at.

The smell is tart citrus, lemon, a bit of sour grapefruit. There is a little vinegary undertone beneath the fruit as well. The smell only hints at the marvelous sourness to come.

The initial taste is sharp sourness that shocks the palette. After the shock wears off, there is a big lemon presence and some sharp white wine vinegar, probably from the chardonnay barrels in which the beer is aged. There is a bit of geuze about this beer. It finishes long and dry with a big hit of vinegar.

The mouthfeel is crisp and dry with light carbonation. Very on style. It goes down easily. I could drink this for hours and I wish this weren't a limited release.

Overall, this may be one of the best sours I've ever had. I can't wait to pick up another bottle of it.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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Mother Funker from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 381 ratings