Raspberry Ananke | Freetail Brewing Company

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Raspberry AnankeRaspberry Ananke
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Raspberry AnankeRaspberry Ananke

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Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by fragilehearted on 09-17-2012

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Pale pink body. Small white head. A few wisps.

Smell - Raspberry is strong. Jammy. Some white wine. Not a ton of acidity.

Taste - Musty raspberry. Slightly sweet. A little bit of white wine but it is lost among the raspberry.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Raspberry makes it heavy.

Overall - Raspberry is tasty but it takes away from all the nuances of the base beer.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.37/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy if JAMASON I believe. Thanks! Shared with Duane while sweating out overtime.

Murky pinkish pour that settles to near stillness.

Tart raspberries seem to overwhelm much if the base to me old sniffer.

Sour raspberries, big acidity, white grape, and oak.

Fruit aging can be fickle and here I don't think it's an improvement on the base. It's muddled and the raspberries overwhelm the better qualities of what lies beneath. Appreciative for sure, but not a likely return trip.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Thanks to both wagenvolks and twiggamortis420 for the hookups!

Considering the goddess involved, it comes as no surprise that the fruited closely follows the bare. This stuff pours a straight ruby red grapefruit topped by a half-finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises a combination of perfume-y and vegetal raspberry, with a vague sense of tartness lying beneath. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the tartness is very much up front and personal. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a pretty solid wild ale, but I feel the raspberries don't help the base very much at all.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright ruby red with a small white head fading pretty quickly.

Lots of raspberry on the nose. A bit of funk and sour, but nothing like the base as the raspberry is front and center.

Taste is a bit of a disappointment. I absolutely love the Ananke base, but the raspberry doesn't seem to add much and in fact clashes with the base. Raspberry flavor is strong if a bit sweet which negates some of the good oaky sourness of Ananke. Also I don't pick up as many wine barrel notes in this. Certainly not bad, but a disappointment compared to regular Ananke.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. A bit puckering although not overly sour.

Overall a solid beer although I much prefer regular Ananke. I feel the raspberry clashed with the base and knocked it down a few pegs.

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Photo of bobv
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of jbuddle
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes taken from a bottleshare at the Phoenix Sun in NYC. Thanks kindly to Thomas for sharing.

a - gorgeous. shiny ruby.
s - raspberry explosion. really nice.
t - a bit of sour eggs and raspberry. the sour notes and eggs are nice but don't play wonderfully with the raspberries for my taste buds. not bad, but doesn't seem to compliment the ananke which is better without the raspberries in my opinion.
m - sourish. medium bodied. mild pucker.
o - overall, pretty good. didn't blow my mind. prefer regular ananke by light years to this one.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Etan
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from the 2012 release, into a tulip. Thanks Canadianghetto!

A: Pours a slightly murky brownish red with a small light tan head.

S: Strong raspberry and mild lactic acid in the nose. Raspberry is bright and jammy, but with a slight vegetal edge. Sweet lactic notes and light bready notes underneath.

T: Tart raspberry, drying oak tannins, clean wheat malt, moderate lactic acidity.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with very little carbonation.

O: There are two flaws that jump out here. There seems to be a lack of complexity in the bugs department (I can only taste lactic acid) and the beer is a bit undercarbonated. It definitely tastes good, but could use some fixing up.

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Photo of youradhere
3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell is raspberry seeds and canned kidney beans, baby vomit, and pulled pork. Taste is raspberry shock tarts, baked beans, lemon. Mouthfeel is off-dry, juicy and tart, full on the palate. Carbonation is medium, aftertaste is like a ghost, there and then lemon bitters. Overall a decent sour, the smell throws me off, some interesting aromas that mess with the taste- especially the beans and baby vomit. This might age out and be more on the earthy side of raspberry. Very dichotimous characteristics- raspberry/avante garde, citrus/legume. I like it, but it's weird. I didn't trade an arm for it, so my alligence is based upon my own palate. Honestly, I would call the "funk" and "flavor" jive most akin to an American Cantillon flavor profile. Yes, burn me at the stake, I said American Cantillon. Deal with it.

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Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks are owed to both BA's canadianghetto and mhenson42 for hooking me up with bottles of this. Poured from a bomber into a tulip, the brew appears a fairly clear dark ruby color. A finger of white froth sits atop and fades to just a ring around the perimeter of the glass. A swirl agitates bubbles from solution that form across the top with a pinkish coloring. A few spots and strings of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is vibrant with raspberry juice. It has a little bit of that seedy and earthy quality of natural raspberry pits that keeps your mind from wondering into thinking this is fake. As it warms up, there is a very minor element of funk and hints of oak-like quality that is quite subtle with a vinous aspect. The nose on this is exceptionally enjoyable however, you really gotta inspect this to get something other than raspberry. It is nearly perfume-like at times and really is all about the raspberry. Even though it smells exceptional, I almost have to complain that it is a bit one-noted since it is all about the raspberry and if you took that away, it would seemingly have nothing.

Where the nose is all about the raspberry, the taste is all about the tartness. The raspberry inclusion is faint here in the flavor but carries with it that expected exaggerated tartness of unripe raspberries. A bit of tannic quality from the barrel aging in present that helps to dry things out. A very minor lactic aspect hints towards yogurt mid-palate with an accenting lemony edge blending into flavors of citrus and raspberry. The aftertaste again hints towards those suggestions of cheese, yogurt and mild funk.

This is a lighter bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is light, easy drinking and displays a crisp, refreshing snappy finish. I was really impressed with how bold the raspberry inclusion is here but if you take that away, I feel like you are left with a very mild one-dimensional brew. That 6.8% abv is masterfully integrated, I never would have guessed it was that high. This brew is light enough that it almost reminds me of funk buddha's fruited berliners more-so than an american wild.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1685th Review on BA
Bottle to flute
22oz bottle


Shared at JohnBoots & JCDenver

App- This was the color of watermixed with Kool-aid mix with no bubbles, just some floaties in the glass. A bit of a darker red/purple color. No head really.

Smell- This was much better than the base beer. More fruit. A bit more sour and a bit more funk to it. I dont get much more than that but nice aromatics from the raspberries.

Taste- Well I was actually quite shocked. This was so much better than the base beer. A great amount of fruit and funk comined with a little bit of the sour from the fruits.

Mouth- A very light body. I get this is the base sour but wanted more punch I guess. A light medium soft carbonation. A little less raspberry on the finish than I thought.

Drink- This was pretty damn good. I am really going off the taste of this beer vs. looks or smell. Sessionable, crisp, this, but well flavored.

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Raspberry Ananke from Freetail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 122 ratings