Irma Extra
McKenzie Brew House

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Wild Ale
4.08 | pDev: 10.05%
McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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dubinsky from California

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I’ve had this bottle for a few years now so I cant remember whom to thank, but it was part of a BIF that I was a part of. Bottle #138 of 480 served in a Deschutes snifter.

A – The beer pours a nice, dark amber color with a foamy off-white head, which quickly dissipates to a cap leaving behind little lace.

S – Nice brett aromas start off big as I take a deep breath, and are quickly followed by a peppery farmhouse yeast smell, with nice tropical fruit flavors and a light malt sweetness.

T – The taste is surprisingly less tart than the smell led me to believe. The beer is fairly malty, with stone fruits, ripe raspberries and strawberries dominating the front of this beer. There is a very prevalent oak character, which lends to a slight red wine vinegar flavor. Very nicely blended and balanced.

M – Medium fine carbonation is very effervescent and smooth. Nice medium body with a dry finish. The ABV is incredibly well hidden.

D – I accidentally opened this bottle thinking my wife would like it with dinner, not realizing it was a wild ale. Although she likes wild ales, it was opened to be paired with out dinner which I chose to hold off and save for desert. We both “shared” the 750ml, about 80% me, 20% her. After the 80% I destroyed I was very happy to call it a night, but I was not in bad form, making this a very drinkable bottle. I'd gladly drink it again if I could find it.

Jul 07, 2013
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a amber color with a beige cap that slowly fades into a mild collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of white wine, vanilla, sandalwood, muscat grapes, tart berries, funk, and citrus.
Taste is of the aromas with a sugary sweetness up front, along with a tartness and oak aged white wine filling the flavor profile.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, lemony acidic rush, and vanillin & oaky tannins.

Aug 19, 2012
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mikeyv35 from New York

4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date: 06/07/2012
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: Southampton Large Tulip

Pours a very light brown mahoghany in color w/ a 1 finger off-white head that leaves light lacing on the glass. Aromas of citrus, lemon zest, touch caramel malt, wet socks, and fresh cut hay. The flavor was of citrus and lemon zest up front, leading into a burst of caramel sweetness, and then immediately into sour, dry funk, and Chardonnay. Well carbonated brew made this rather thin brew feel pillowy in the mouth. Very easy to drink.

Overall, I was impressed by this brew from McKenzie and am looking forward to sampling their other offerings. This brew was definately a dark wild ale that was pretty malt forward, almost leaning towards being an Oude Bruin.

Jun 09, 2012
FeDUBBELFIST from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle #77/480 to tulip. I believe I paid $14 for the single. Slow gusher - but no quicker than the bottles were when first released. Lower-than-average bottle fill. Sampled 5/29/12.

A: Pours with a large off-white head of 4 fingers comprised of larger sized bubbles. Retention lasts for a few minutes, then decides to recede quickly all of a sudden. The etching on the bottom of the glass keeps a creamy film and collar on top. The body is a murky reddish bronze with the value on the darker side of medium. Spotty strings of lace.

S: First impressions give off a musty, woodsy, cellar-like character with light hay and funk. A fruity strain of brett seems to be lurking with the possibility of another wild yeast or two. Red wine and subtle strawberries. The background notes feature a gently toasted oak, a bready component, light caramelization and stone fruits, namely plum, cherry and apricot.

T: Drinks almost like an amber Bière de Garde - but with bugs. Despite the drying finish, this beer leans malty sweet on the front end of the palate with a slight cloyingness that is cut by a gently acetic tartness throughout.

M: The body is medium to medium-full and is enhanced by an expansive tingling carbonation offering a nice bite to the tongue. A light acidic smack with above average dryness...but still, somehow...lightly cloying.

O: Not that it was all that long ago, but I remember drinking this beer just after release, and thinking, "Damn, this is every bit as good as Saison Vautour." The main difference, truthfully, is that Saison Vautour continues to develop favorably in the bottle while I feel that Irma Extra was best within the first few months. While I never heard anyone call Irma a Bière de Garde...and wild yeast/barrel treatment aside...I think she fits pretty comfortable within the style.

May 30, 2012
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Sean9689 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thorpe for this one. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours burnt orange in color, white head, spotty lacing.

S - Oak, light tartness, some fruity notes, and bready malts. It's too sharp, which I was happy about. Tart, but not overly so.

T - Fruity tartness, oak, light sour apples, berries, maybe a touch of spice. I would call this a "wild light" because it's just as much saison as it is wild. Finish is tart citrus and apples.

M - Light to medium body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A solid American Wild that I enjoyed. I am a fan of McKenzie, and continue to be impressed by either saisons and wilds. Looking forward to trying more from them and would have this one again.

Apr 20, 2012
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Mark for sharing! Quick review from written notes.

Pours a hazy reddish amber orange, with some clinging bubbles on the sides of the glass.
A few rapid carb trails of larger bubbles.
Acidic nose, some indistinct berry fruit that's hard to pin down.

Fruity and effervescent, with some acidic sour tang and light alcohol perceptible in the aftertaste. Seems to have picked up some fruity wine notes from the barrel it was in. Very dry and crisp, moderately acidic, the body is near perfect and it's pretty quenching. The presence of alcohol in the taste throws it off a little bit though. Really glad to have tried this obscure wild ale... never underestimate a brewer at a chain brewpub.

Sounds: Mark Lane - Who's Really Listening? (J-Rocc Edit)

Apr 09, 2012
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jmarsh123 from Indiana

4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to yourefragile and to G311 for my first bottle that didn't get an official review.

Pours a light brown with some copper hues and a big bubbly 2 finger head. Decent retention and little lacing.

Smells like strawberries with a lot of pedio and lacto. A little creaminess as well and some brett as it warms.

The berry flavor really comes through on the palate too. Unripe strawberry with notes of peach. The oak is more prominant and it finishes with a good dose of brett. The sourness is pretty subdued in this.

Medium mouthfeel with lots of prickly carbonation. Got better as it warmed.

Pretty solid beer, but not as good as I remember the first bottle being. The carbonation is a tad much but this beer got pretty good after warming a bit. I wish it were a little more sour as well, but the strawberry and oak flavors bump up the grade a bit.

Mar 11, 2012
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ryan for opening this one at a recent event. Irma Extra in a glass.

The color was a lighter shade of bronze with some burnt orange sticking out at the sides. The build on the cap was pretty firm for a few before whimpering into a thin sparse cap, no stick.

Smell is ripe with an assortment of fruits and wine barrel aging treatment. Red wine with fruit such as peach, strawberry. A little musty earth quality on the end with a faint amount of malt presense.

Irma hits the mouth hard with wine character and fruit at the forefront. The barnyard notes are light and there is a nice musty brett presense. Red wine, strawberry, peach, some cherry. Oak character is lively but not overkill. A nice sour with a lot of elements.

Feel is less than medium in build. There is a nice pucker in the middle and this ends up having a fruity end with a small linger. Carbonation is spot on and high and felt. Not the most intensely sour beer, but the balance between that and other elements is nicely mixed.

I could do a bottle of this real easy. Easy drinking with a nice flavor. Im digging Mckenzie beers more and more nowadays.

Feb 19, 2012
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aasher from Indiana

3.11/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle was courtesy of muskabeatz, thanks Evan!

This one was a gusher! It poured a light to medium bodied dark reddish dirty orange in color with a one finger soapy head. The aroma consists of dark malts, spice, slight cinnamon, and Brett. The flavors too, odd and spicy with caramel malts, cinnamon, and Brett. Interesting for a wild. It gets more tart and drier with time. It drinks light in body and leaves a slightly sweet yet dry after taste behind. It's an interesting beer, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Jan 20, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Michael. Beer served in a snifter. Beer is sort of orangish almost reddish. Completely hazy and a wispy white head, moderate to high carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is mildly sulfury, mild lactic, no acetic in the nose but oak and some fruit sneaks through. Very nice aroma.

Beer pops on the palate, lots of carbonation. Beer is funky, oaky bitterness, tart, fruity, nice brett, clean finish. Very drinkable. Very enjoyable. I would definitely have it again.

Jan 14, 2012
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321jeff from Maryland

4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from Michael. Another McKenzie tick, thanks!

The aroma kicks off with some funk along with grape. Smells sour, somewhat unique for a McKenzie beer.

Taste is mildly sour with a fair amount of fruit, mostly grapes and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is average with a good dose of carbonation. Overall, this is an enjoyable sour, much different than their other saison based beers.

Jan 14, 2012
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Khazadum from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some minor lack in lacing. Good body and stickiness.

Smells of grape skins, raspberries, and chardonnay. Very delightful.

Tastes of dates, dark fruits, dome raspberries. A tannic oak and bitterness.

Thinner than I want but great flavors and stickiness. Delightful but where's the cream!!!

Dec 15, 2011
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mothman from Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle 160 thanks to Ryan

Pours a half finger of off white head. Leaves a little lace. Color is an orange copper amber.

Aroma: Very sour. Orange and lemon. Very fruity. A little bit of funk and a little bit of sour. Some cherries with vanilla and caramel. A little sweetness.

Taste: More malty than expected. Not very sour. More funky. Medicinal brett flavors. Cherries, caramel, and bready malts. Kind of sweet.

Mouthfeel: Funky, but smooth. Lighter bodied. Good carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, it's alright. Nothing too crazy. It was a bit too malty. Not sour/tart enough for me.

Dec 15, 2011
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ShadesofGray for this one. Bottle 135 of 480. Capped 750ml bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger frothy off-white head with great retention. Beer is a semi-clear reddish-clay brown. Lacing is sparse and spotty with little stick. Great head for the style.

Nose is moderately tart with some red fruit. A bit of spiciness and light Brett. Very subtle.

Opens slightly tart red fruit. Spicy and yeasty towards the middle. Cobweb and bandaid with wet hay filminess. More fruit, almost oud Bruin sourness. Finish is foamy with a red fruit skin bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter and sour with a slight twinge of alcohol. Flavors are a bit muddled here but its oddly enjoyable.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly in the mouth but smooth and warm going down. Finish is messy with a clean aftertaste. The combination of bubbles and smoothness oddly works together here.

The first McKenzie offering that I've had and its pretty good. Flavors are a bit muddled and deep for the typical wild ale that I enjoy but it works here. Looking forward to sampling the others.

Nov 07, 2011
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bartrash for this one. That's my bottle in the picture, so #178 of 480. Served in a Drie Fonteinen tulip.

A - Slow gusher. A big off-white foam quickly dissipates to a thick cap and plenty of lace. Largely opaque caramel brown body - somewhat dark considering the Saison base.

S - Big lactic aroma, plenty of brett clausenii tropical fruit flavors, lightly peppery farmhouse yeast, some floral and grassy flavors as well. There's some unexpected malt sweetness and a kiss of rye present. Reminds me a little of the Tröegs wilds in regards to presence of the malt.

T - Taste is again fairly malty, with caramel, stone fruits, and rye flavors. The malt mingles with tropical brett flavors, and an unexpected vinous oak character pops up as the beer warms. The finish is slightly medicinal, probably from the brett.

M - Somewhat zesty carbonation, smooth medium body, and a dry, lightly tannic finish. Alcohol is incredibly well-hidden.

D - We destroyed the 750ml bottle in record time, but I was a little bit underwhelmed after the rave reviews by some friends of mine. This one just had the misfortune of going up against an absolute gem from Nørrebro. Still, it's absolutely crushable stuff that could get you hammered if it was on-tap somewhere for the right price. I'd gladly drink it again, but I doubt I'll actively seek out more bottles like I did with the Saison Vautour.

Oct 20, 2011
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Jefe73 from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from my good buddy Vince (G311) and poured into an over-sized Mikkeller wine glass. Bottle #3 of 480.

A - Pours a hazy reddish-amber with a finger width fluffy white head. Lacing was present throughout the glass.

S - Great aroma in this one. Loads of green apple, tart berries, pineapple and bretty funk.

T - This one is a real pleaser. Raspberry and strawberry up front which then gives way to some oakiness and red wine vinegar, finally finishing with some earthy / grassy undertones. Very nice blend and balanced perfectly.

M - Pretty effervescent with a medium body. Very crisp. Dry finish.

O - This was my first McKenzie brew and I wasn't disappointed. I'm extremely excited to try some of the other beers I've had the pleasure of trading for. I will definitely seek this one out again. Simply a very nice American Wild Ale.

Oct 17, 2011
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joefuzz from New York

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle sent in a trade with g311...thanks vince.

Pours a light brown with a red hue to it. Smells of green apples and some light barnyard funk. Tastes slightly like watermellon with sour apples and a good amount of funk. Mouthfeel is great for the style, carbonation is super high so be careful opening it. Overall very good this out.

Sep 14, 2011
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Mike.

Served along side Hill Farmstead Art, Arthur, Flora, and Civil Disobedience.

The beer is a ruby-tinged brown color, with a half inch of thick head. Lasting retention and nice lacing on the snifter. The aroma is pleasant, offering wine, oak, brett funk, and an assortment of fruits. Fruity flavor, with a light sweetness throughout. Complex and tasty. I really enjoyed this.

Sep 02, 2011
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brokensail from California

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the bottle, Trevor.

A: The beer pours a hazed amber color with a tall off-white head.

S: Starts off with just a light sourness. There's lots of straw and grass notes with some oak and a really damp feel to it. Some tart strawberries and lemon start to come through as it warms.

T: Really quite fruity. Strawberry, lemon, apples, and a touch of raspberry all seem to be there. There's some oak, wet grass, and a bit of straw to go along with the tartness. A hint of vinegar and maybe even some peach.

M: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: McKenzie puts out some solid beers and this was another example.

Sep 01, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to yourefragile for sharing this at a small tasting last night. Bottle 114/480. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a nice muddied deep reddish-brown color with a good off-white head with a slight pinkish hue. Body is a bit hazy. Great retention and lacing.

The nose starts out with some red wine and honey, along with loads of fruit. Quite a bit of cherry as well as a bit of raspberry and accompanying must. Fairly earthy. The red-wine character comes through pretty strongly, though there's a bit of the brandy there as well. Mild funk.

Flavor really shines. Everything from the nose is intensified and goes together incredibly well. Very complex. Notes from both the brandy and red-wine barrels make their way through, and there's a nice tart cherry component throughout. Slightly funky and dry throughout; crisp carbonation and light acidity.

Very, very well done. Glad to have tried this one.

Aug 30, 2011
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starrdogg from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one, awesome beer!

A: Pours a nice cloudy pinkish-red with a fluffy white head. Very nice looking.

S: Very interesting aroma here. It smells a bit like sparkling apple cider, in a good way, along with some funk and cherries. This one is quite unique.

T: I'm getting a ton of fruit here, but the balance is incredible. Apples, cherries and maybe even raspberries make themselves known, and while the beer is sweet, it's far from being overly so. There's also some oak and wine from the barrels showing up in here. It's even a little tart.

M: Very nice and light with a good amount of carbonation, but it's pretty much perfect for this beer.

O: This one largely came out of nowhere and shocked me. It's a great beer and I'd never heard of it before tonight. This beer manages to pack a ton of flavor while remaining extremely balanced and not hitting you over the head.

Aug 30, 2011
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ktrillionaire from Florida

4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle 185/480. Big thanks to G311 for the hook-up. Drank in celebration of the return of the NFL from the unfortunate incident that was the 2011 lockout.

A - The brew pours a lustrous amber, nearly opaque with hue, and is topped with a small off-white cap which settles into a persistent encircling wisp.

S - The nose is an interesting combination of pineapple- and Band-Aid-tinged Brett, dry white wine, tannic oak, bushy-earthy fruit and floral notes and perhaps even a bit of lemon-pepper.

T - The flavor offers vinous notes red, white and tawny; there is also a mellow oak note which runs throughout. Fruit is implied, slightly, and is mostly in the orchard range, including peach, pear, apple and plum. There is a bit of a dry grassy and mineral note that sits upon the finish, and is decidely beer-y.

M - The feel is light and effervescent, and is quite enhancing.

O - Overall this brew is greater than the sum of its parts. McKenzie Brew House, with this offering and Saison Vautour Du Bois to judge by, is making some legitimately fantastic sour-wild ales.

Jul 25, 2011
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Unwaxed but labelled 750, bottle x of 480. As mentioned before chill and have two glasses ready before opening.

Pours a cloudy, dark amber cider with an airy and frothy tan head. Nice retention of bubbles with little lacing. Aroma is tart fruit dominant with champagne like yeast and red wine barrel. Carbonation issues of the last batch of Xmas McK beers are non-existent; body is light and medium thick, with fine effervescent carbonation. Finish is dry and vinous. The blending and rebarrel aging of beers helps produce a smoother more nuanced sour than recent McKenzie wilds that were instantly identifiable by the Chadds Ford barrels used. Flavor is initially fruity sweet, ripe green apples, plums and raspberries. The transition to red wine in the finish is very smooth and pleasant. Mild oak and alcohol also emerge. the blends Ryan has produced in the past year (Fantine, 2 Threads, 3 Threads, Black and Bronze) have IMO been his best since they smooth out the rough edges of his wilds and this doesn't disappoint. Not a world class sour, but well worth seeking out.

Jun 18, 2011
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JAXSON from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chill this before opening it to avoid a hurricane type explosion. Pours a nice hazy salmon. Nose is granny smith apple, tart berries, some brett funk. It looks like McKenzie is tapering the wine barrel element in their wild ales, which is a good sign. Body is light. Mouth is at first a wash of mineral and wet stone. Tart granny smith apple and raspberry. Really nice actually. I like the direction they went with this -- it's restrained, pleasant, and balanced as opposed to overly barreled and winey. This reminds me of the Dubois (Vautour with extra barrel time) with raspberries added.

Jun 08, 2011
Irma Extra from McKenzie Brew House
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