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Fortuna Roja | Freetail Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States
freetailbrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Batch 1 (2011) - 200 Bottles
Batch 2 (2012) - 120 Bottles

Added by wagenvolks on 02-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
72
pDev:
9.13%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
152
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012

Fairly still orange pour with a faint funk on the nose coupled with watermelon juice. Not sure if time tempered this or it's just this light and faint.

LOTS of prickly pear, fruity at the start that moves into tart pucker and a sour fade that lingers. Funk is light here as well and the profile is prickly pear dominant.

Interesting flavor here but it becomes a bit overbearing at times as not much helps to ease the prickly assault. Fun try and a beer that was a huge top want a few years back.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.2/5  rDev -25.1%

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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks t to rudzud for this one, one I figured I'd never try. 2011 vintage.

No real head, honey orange hazy color, very slight blush colored hue.

Nose great, nice tart funk, little fruity sourness, generic fruity but not really specific, mild lambic aroma into Brett in the background, watermelon candy, little melon like,

Taste brings lots of tart but juicy fruit, fair sourness with a prickly pear like, into big watermelon and generic melon balls. Nice tart generic fruit lambic, with little acidic bite, almost like a citric acid, into a mild sour Brett like funk. Touch of musty acetic acid, and funk, vinous note. Finish is a little dry and sticky flemmy, bit acidic, more lambic and tart fruit.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent bit lighter carb, nice acidic bite.

Overall delicious, not the most phenomenal beer or sour but very good.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received in one of my first trades ever, shared with JLindros and Threelions. 2011 vintage, review number 1700.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear blush hue with no head but loads of effervescent.

S - Aromas of light funk, tart fruit, sour candies, prickly pear fruit, brett, tart almost powder smarties. Really really pleasant.

T - Taste is very tart, almost juicy prickly pear, light funk, floral, flower petals, watermelon jolly ranchers, sweet candy. Refreshing. Loads of prickly pear.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, everything I hoped it would be. Loads of prickly pear, nice funk, really tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a grapefruit off-red color, large head, really stunning.

Smells tart but not terribly sour, sweet fruity watermelon...smells like a Jolly Rancher.

Tastes like a Jolly Rancher too but there's more going on. The focus is watermelon/guava like fruit, obviously the prickly pear, but it's odd and hard to describe--guess my palate isn't used to prickly pear. Tart, but not really acidic or funky, just kindof like a tart candy. Pretty light and sweet. Really delicious and definitely unlike anything I've had.

Great and unique beer. I knew I wanted it just because it sounded weird, but it was definitely worth the trouble to find it.

8.4/10

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Fortuna Roja from Freetail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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