Horse Tongue Wheat | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Horse Tongue WheatHorse Tongue Wheat
BA SCORE
75%
Liked This Beer
3.84 w/ 56 ratings
Horse Tongue WheatHorse Tongue Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by scottfrie on 12-25-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,744
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
56
Liked:
42
Avg:
3.84/5
pDev:
10.16%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by bigfnjoe:
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

8oz glass at Beer Revolution's sourfest.

This beer appears a foggy, medium copper amber colour, with one finger of frothy, loosely foamy, and weakly creamy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of streaky island group lace around the glass as things evenly fade away.

It smells of musty, faintly sour cherries and red apples, semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, generic menthol lozenges, and a bit of mild white Italian cheese. The taste is gritty, grainy, and bready pale and wheat malt, vaguely tart red orchard fruit, still tame earthy white cheese, a soft barnyard funkiness, and further well-aged lemon vinegar.

The carbonation is actually active and involved in probing my various palates, the body an adequate medium weight, and so-so in the way of the smooth. It finishes off-dry, a lingering grainy wheatiness well contained by the affable, if persistent funk.

Now we're starting to talk turkey - the funk supercedes the sour in this one, which is all right by me at this point in time. I do indeed like this one, and not just because it reminds me so much of my favorite cheese.

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Photo of dertyd
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a sniffer at Bauley's Taproom during the AV tap takeover night. Body is a cloudy golden color with a small creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of a mild wheat base, a touch of sweet pale malt, and a good dose of lactobacillus sourness.
Palate is big on fruity flavors, citrus, pear, and apple all popping up amidst the sour lacto backdrop. Mild pale malt and lends a touch of sweetness, but the finish is big on sour power. The body has a slightly silky character from the wheat, nice and smooth. I haven't really had anything inventive like this from AV before; it's nice to see them stepping out of their hoppy comfort zone a little.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Brolo75
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with a white head, no retention, no lacing.

A: Lots of classic sour notes, tart citrus, barnyard, funk, sour, green apples, white grapes, white wine, slight note of oak from the barrel, nice balance of aromas.

T: Follows the nose with tart lemons, barnyard, wet grass, green apples, white wine, and white grapes, light vinegar note as well, touch of barrel in the finish, balanced flavors.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation, and a very dry white wine like finish.

O: A straightforward sour, hits all the right notes with subtle flavors, bottle is about a year old, so that may explain why it is a little muted compared to other fresh sour beers I've tasted, looking to snag a fresh bottle next year.

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Photo of n2185
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of chrismattlin
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigBry
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Beer Revolution in Calgary,
Pours slightly hazy, gold amber color, with foamy, creamy colored head. Foam slowly fades, lace chunks.
It smells of some yeast and grain husks, slightly fruity and sour at the same time.
The taste is grainy to start, sourness throughout. Good pale ale base, then fruity and funky.
Lots of carbonation, medium body, tingly yeasty finish.
Good mix of funky yeast and sourness, very interesting. I liked it, but not for everyone.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of neenerzig
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber of this recently. Poured into my oversized wine glass, this beer is a fairly cloudy, hazy, medium amber/copper color with a white head that's about an inch thick when first poured that about an inch thick when first poured that settles very quickly to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with big film layer cluster swirls of foam that covers most of the beer's surface. Not too much lacing though. Strong aromas of a definite, pungent funk with sour apple and lemon along with some grainy malts and certainly some wheat. The wheat in particular I feels extenuates the funkiness and vice versa. The taste is pretty much the same, with some grainy malts and a definite wheat that gives way to a barnyard funkiness that's followed by some nice apple tart sourness, a bit of cherry, and some woodiness here too. A fairly complex flavor profile here and an interesting one for this style. The wheat really adds something I like that I've not yet experienced before in other beers of this style that I've had. Has a crisp and somewhat prickly, yet also smooth and frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Has a clean finish with a definite dry aftertaste. I quite enjoyed this one.

Eric

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4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nmann08
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Horse Tongue Wheat from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75% out of 100 with 56 ratings
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