Crazy 8 | McKenzie Brew House

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Brewed by:
McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Greenplastic615 on 07-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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First had: bottle from the Malvern brewpub

Bottle 213/300

Poured into a McKenzie wine glass. Deep mahogany brown color, semi-translucent, with an easy two fingers of head that receded to a thick ringlet, leaving foamy lacing on the glass. One attractive brew. A good dose of lacto sourness in the nose, with a touch of acetic acid, lesser notes of grassy funk and indistinct fruit. Pretty sour/lactic on the palate, but not puckering or palate-wrecking, woody, with light flavors of cherry and red wine, candi sugar, and strangely, I picked up a very subtle cocoa flavor in there as well. Body was medium, mouthfeel was crisp and acidic, moderately dry, moderately carbonated. Overall quite nice. I'm going to let one mellow out in the bottle for a while and see what happens.

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Bottle 43/300, thanks to Kapkenobi for the share! Poured about 5oz into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a light brown with plenty of quickly receding head. You can see through this, but barely (kinda looks like a Rodenbach Grand Cru).

S: Lactic sourness, funk, and a little bit of candi sugar. Again, a little flanders red-ish.

T: I knew it was a "wild" ale, but I kind of anticipated more brett than lacto, and it's exactly the reverse. Very drinkable, and while it's definitely a wild ale, it's not sour at the expense of balance. My only gripe is that it falls off a bit at the end and doesn't finish with that final wave of flavor that a lot of good sours do.

M: Pretty acidic and not overcarbonated. Not as dry as most other sours I've had lately.

O: Exceeded expectations, but it's just good rather than great. Definitely glad to see McKenzie bottling again, and this beer is a step in the right direction.

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Crazy 8 from McKenzie Brew House
3.97 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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