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Irma Extra | McKenzie Brew House

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Brewed by:
McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JAXSON on 06-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by ktrillionaire:
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4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of daveytheformer
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of hippityhops85
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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)

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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of weeare138
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of aasher
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerForHokie
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Khazadum
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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!!!

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Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Jefe73
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of 321jeff
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of jconrick1
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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