Irma Extra | McKenzie Brew House

Irma ExtraIrma Extra
BA SCORE
89.1%
Liked This Beer
4.05 w/ 46 ratings
Irma ExtraIrma Extra
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States
mckenziebrewhouse.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JAXSON on 06-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
46
Liked:
41
Avg:
4.05/5
pDev:
10.12%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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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Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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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 yourefragile
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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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 baybum
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Sean9689
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ktrillionaire
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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Photo of AleWatcher
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

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Irma Extra from McKenzie Brew House
Beer rating: 89.1% out of 100 with 46 ratings
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