ShawneeCraft Brewing Company

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ShawneeCraft Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Wild Ale
3.98 | pDev: 9.8%
Jul 13, 2016
Dec 01, 2010
Very Good
Notes: Two vintages of Raspberry Blanche, one of which has aged in oak wine barrels for at least 10 months, mingle to achieve an astounding character that is light, dry, and aromatic. The bouquet is of fresh raspberries, full refermentation dispels any lingering sweetness, wild yeasts lend alluring tartness, and a crisp body keeps you coming back for another sip.
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Rated: 4.24 by cyrushire from Florida

Jul 13, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by mportnoy from Pennsylvania

Jun 26, 2016
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Reviewed by MusicaleMike from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a teku glass. This was one of the insanely expensive bottles sold at Capone's. Most of their bottles were destroyed in a flood, and these were some of the few remaining.

The body is a cloudy, hazy orange yellow topped off by a compact white head that snaps and pops away, settling down to a finger worth of head and hanging out for a while. The murky body has a peach-like quality to it...almost red in places. This beer has been settled for a long time, so nothing here has dropped out.

A whiff of this wild ale reveals a raw sour ale, spiked with fresh raspberries. It's amazing how well the raspberries have held up over the years, through aging. The aroma here displays notes of dank ripe raspberry, balsamic vinegar, sour grapefruit, vanilla, tart barnyard, and peach.

The body is light and dry. It finishes very quickly, but leaves a very pleasant aftertaste of raspberry and citrus in the mouth. The carbonation is perfect, with just enough to lift the beer across the palate quickly, and enhance the drinkability of this beer. The taste upfront is sharp, tart, wild raspberry, with some sourness in the back of the tongue. The fruity quality really helps the drinker perceive "sweetness" here where there is none, and it ultimately helps balance the beer.

I'm pleasantly surprised by this bottle. I've been sitting on it for a while now, excited by the fact that this was a rarity from a local brewery. Apparently they have been remaking this beer recently, and I have yet to try a newer batch, but this original, saved from the flood, is a fantastic Wild Ale, which I think could stand against some of the fruited lambics of Belgium and not only hold its own, but stand out.
Apr 13, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by fthegiants from California

Sep 28, 2015
Rated: 4.36 by imperialking from Illinois

Aug 26, 2015
Rated: 3.67 by Stiffstick from Pennsylvania

Aug 14, 2015
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Reviewed by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
500 ml bottle sealed with silver unbranded pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: pink opaque bodied beer that looks identical to pink lemonade. Off white colored head with a light pink hue. Head pours out to be 3 finger tall head that slowly drops down to a thick cap. Spotty lacing on the glass. Eventually the cap falls to a ring around the glass.

Smell: very fruit forward beer with a lot of juicy raspberry's present. Smells like this has a combo of lactic and acetic sourness. I smell pink lemonade too. Light oak here in the aroma.

Taste: Just like the nose, this has a ton of raspberry flavor and very noticeable sourness. I would say this beer is moderately sour at a 5.5 out of 10. Hint of white wine, wet oak barrel, and a minuscule rubbery funk profile. Everything is nicely balanced with the exception of the big raspberry flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is impressive. The carbonation feels quite creamy. Towards the end of each sip the beer drys out to a more than semi-dry finish. Making the sourness more pleasant and the beer is very drinkable (when considering the moderate level of sourness found in this beer) because of the creamy feel contributed by the carbonation.

Overall: Wow, Shawneecraft made a fantastic fruited Wild Ale. I have never even heard of this brewery and this was a very nice surprise. My friend bought a bottle at The Fridge in Philly and shared it with everyone. The 12 dollar price tag scared me away initially, but once I tried this beer I decided to buy a bottle to drink on a fresh palate to confirm if this beer was as good as I initially thought it might be. Well, tonight it is confirmed that this is a seriously good under the radar fruited sour beer coming from a brewery that I have never heard of. It is nice to find a beer is that is a true hidden gem; meaning that the beer has no hype surrounding it and it can be easily obtained without much difficulty or fuss.
Aug 14, 2015
Rated: 4.06 by Gonzoillini from Illinois

Aug 05, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Aug 05, 2015
Rated: 4.09 by BeerOps from Illinois

May 30, 2015
Rated: 3.97 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Apr 05, 2015
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Reviewed by brother_rebus from Maine

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Hazy pale pinkish rosy blond look. Thin light translucent white lacing and head. Smells sour and fruity. Tart off the front and sides of the tongue. Floral tartness. Almost an elderberry or rose hips flavor. Little to no hop or malt profile. Oaky wood earth tones come through on the aftertaste. Thin feel. Washes out clean leaving a slight pleasant sweet-ish floral aftertaste. Overall delicious. One of the better sours Ive had. Would love to search this out again.
Feb 23, 2015
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Reviewed by Child_Pugh from Rhode Island

4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Amazing, nothing like it. I could drink this all day, may just replace my morning juice with this. L - peachy color, hazy, but full of bubbles and no head. S - raspberry spot on, sort of a vinegary scent. T - perfect raspberry sour, almost sweetly citrus with a hint of oak and rose (? Of elderberry). F - like seltzer, bubbly and easy going down.
Feb 23, 2015
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Reviewed by ferrouswolf from Delaware

4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
500 mL purchased at the brewery on 7/26/14. Consumed 2/14/15

Appearance: Cloudy pale rose. Could be brighter and more red, but it's a pretty color nonetheless.

Smell: Sharp funkiness with acetic highlights. Some dark raspberry fruitiness. Great "Wild" aroma.

Taste: Hint of red raspberry followed by tart, funky sourness with Brett bitterness and an acetic finish. Some phenolic funkiness in the middle. Reminiscent of Petrus Aged Pale, but softer and less aggressively sour. Hints of oakiness sometimes come through and provide some red wine character that helps round out the flavors.

Feel: Light but smooth; the acidity and carbonation clear the palate. Nicely textured.

Overall: This is a good-to-great American Wild. Certainly on the light end of the spectrum, but that's not a negative; not every sour should be heavy or overbearing. This one has plenty of complex flavors and is definitely worth seeking out. More fruit character would be great, but it stands on its own merit. Not enough of a war-horse to go up against, say, a steak, but it would hold its own against rich desserts or fatty pork chops.
Feb 15, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by krl2112 from Illinois

Jan 25, 2015
Rated: 4.02 by Bartos from Florida

Jan 23, 2015
Rated: 4 by craft4mike from Pennsylvania

Nov 16, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Filabee from Michigan

Nov 10, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by GwWhite from Texas

Nov 08, 2014
Rated: 3 by Flight317 from Indiana

Nov 06, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by GeorgeCarroll from Pennsylvania

Nov 04, 2014
Rated: 4.36 by Jeisen08 from District of Columbia

Oct 29, 2014
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Thanks to Chris & Sharon for sharing!

Pinkish hue with a frothy white head, spotty lace around the edges.

Pleasant aroma of cheese rind and light raspberries, natural and tart.

Zippy and tart flavor, with a distinctive raspberry presence. Clean and lactic, with a little bit of Brett funk in the periphery. Very dry finish, puckering and juicy at first. Really pretty nice, I like the aroma a bit. Would recommend it.

Beer #4000
Oct 26, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by anteater from Oregon

Oct 22, 2014
Rated: 4 by GeoffreyM from Pennsylvania

Oct 12, 2014
Rated: 4 by ShanePB from Pennsylvania

Oct 08, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by robgage from Pennsylvania

Sep 25, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by cspompey from Pennsylvania

Sep 20, 2014
Rated: 4.2 by JonathannRobert from Delaware

Sep 20, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by facesnorth from Pennsylvania

Aug 08, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by nmann08 from Virginia

May 17, 2014
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Reviewed by liamt07 from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle shared by Americo via Sammy, 750ml bottle into a tulip.

Opaque darker orange, with a lofty white head. Great retention and good lacing. Nose is real tart, some general berry notes, oak and a small dose of vanilla. Taste has more of the same, less tart but nice oak, berry and a lightly sweet malt finish. High carbonation and a biting tartness. Pretty tasty, well done for a fruited sour.
Mar 12, 2013
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Reviewed by Sammy from Canada (ON)

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Deep and cloudy pink colour with a generous retained white head. A wonderful tartness that is light and builds but never overwhelms. Fruity with dryness. Very drinkable, delicate. Some funk in aroma. One of a kind. Bottle from Campone's, sponsored by Americo.
Mar 10, 2013
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Reviewed by Kadonny from Florida

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a corked bottle at the Capones event into a 5.5 ounce snifter glass.

A: A hazy medium golden color with a half finger white head. Very cloudy and hazy with some minimal lacing.

S: Lots of fruit come through the nose with raspberry, apple, pear and straw mixed with some yeasty and earthy notes.

T: Raspberry is forefront with other fruit flavors of green apple, pear and maybe some cherry. There really is no sweetness but the yeasty funk mixed with some straw comes through midway with some woody flavor and stays on the finish. Finish is slightly sour but not enough to call it a sour. A little disappointing.

M: A little thin, good carbonation, slight tartness but not enough, no alcohol.

O: This was their first sour but it needs some work as it was not sour enough.

Overall I was disappointed in this beer, then mix in the insanely high price they charged for the bottle (per Matt Capone) and I can't do anything but leave disappointed. Sorry.
Jun 12, 2012
Rated: 3.25 by JohnK17 from Pennsylvania

Apr 17, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by RyanGoodman from Bolivia

Apr 17, 2012
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Reviewed by 321jeff from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5
Pours like a cloudy grapefruit juice with a finger's worth of head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is fairly complex featuring sweet raspberry and hints of oak.

There's a lot going on with the taste in this one. The wheat base makes itself known and there is definite raspberry flavor that brings a slight tartness to the party. The bitter flavor of raspberry seeds comes in at the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin and a little grainy with just barely moderate carbonation. This one is highly drinkable given it's complexities... the glass has gone down much faster than anticipated.
Dec 02, 2010
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Reviewed by yourefragile from District of Columbia

3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Growler picked up at Gem and Keystone. From their website... "This is our first true "sour" offering; it is a blend of fresh Raspberry Blanche (whole raspberries) and going on one year old Raspberries (aged on oak) with some very intriguing local micro-flora."

Pours a pale, clear rosy pink color with a wispy, quickly fading stark white head and a few streaks of lacing. Aroma is very dry and fruity. More raspberry tart than sweet and balanced by a subtle dry earthiness. Pleasant, but a little boring. Medium bodied with effervescent, sharp carbonation. Flavor begins with a dominant tart raspberry flavor with a mild oaky sweetness. Finish is exceptionally dry, earthy and floral providing and interesting balance to the tart fruit. There is a faint lemon sourness but sadly not quite as strong as the description suggested. Fresh on tap this beer was even tarter with barely any sweetness. This lacks the complexity of the more highly regarded sours or even a New Glarus Raspberry Tart, but is still a pleasant offering and recommended.
Dec 01, 2010
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