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Raspberry Ananke | Freetail Brewing Company

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4.29/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by fragilehearted on 09-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
121
pDev:
7.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan for sharing this one with us! Quick review from written notes.

Reddish amber color in the glass with minimal foam and lacing. Less hazy than Ananke, but it could have just been the pour (beginning of the bottle, versus the end).

Tart raspberry aroma with an earthy edge, whole fruit, seeds/leaves/stems and all.

Taste is crisp and clean, bold fruity raspberry flavor with a nice minerality there also that gives it some depth beyond the fruit. Moderately tart and slightly puckering. A super drinkable fruited Wild Ale. Thanks again Dan for sharing! Recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear pink reddish color ale with a large foamy head with some average retention and some lacing. Aroma of fresh wild raspberry with some tart notes and light acidic edge is really nice. Taste is a super nice mix between some fresh raspberry with limited amount of sweetness but just enough to cut through some of the acidic notes with some tart and light oak notes also well discernable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Really well brewed with perfect addition of raspberry and some vinous notes well balanced.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been hearing a lot about this brewery, and great to add another good brewery to Texas finally. An interesting beer I've been excited for, wild ale with raspberries aged in wine barrels. Thanks to ApostleBrewing, 2012 vintage. Poured into my Ommegang tulip.

Pours a small fizzy pinkish head that doesn't even cover the beer and fades very quickly, although it does leave a touch of lacing, typical for a wild though, over a hazy slight sediment laden strawberry reddish color.

Nose is loaded with fresh raspberries, just pure raspberries with both fresh fruit and juice, with hints of a light white grape juice and wine like, touch of sour cherry and tart fruit, and the slightest hint of funk. Just so much bright raspberries, awesome.

Taste starts quite tart, sour fruit, tons of raspberry again but not as much as the nose, tart raspberry, not so much fresh fruit but some juice as well. Acidity kicks in with a big acid bite, with some light funk, a lactobacillus sour fruit and acidity with very little actual funk flavors. Later on a light barrel comes through, with hint of toasty vanilla, and just a bit of a light vinous floral wine. Finish has a light flemmy feel to go with the tons of lingering sourness, tart raspberry, etc. Later on the finish the toasted oak comes through quite a bit with a light chardonnay like wine flavor, and lots of berry.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, little too much of a flemmy finish, big acid bite, little carbonation.

Overall pretty good, I love the raspberry on the nose but wish it came out a bit more on the flavor. The lacto is great, nice acidity and sourness, pretty much no malt in there, but the barrel adds some decent flavors, which I wish came out a little more on the forefront.

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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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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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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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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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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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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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