Fünke Hop Farm | Sudwerk Brewing Company

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Fünke Hop FarmFünke Hop Farm

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Sudwerk Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with oats and wheat, and fermented out with two strains of saison yeast. It spends about six to nine months in an assortment of barrels-Petite Sirah, Grenache, Chardonnay-while being fermented with Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and a house yeast culture from their in-house solera system. It's then blended with an all-Brett beer that's barrel-aged separately, bringing in more tropical and guava notes. Oh, and it's dry-hopped at 1.5 pounds per barrel with Simcoe, Nelson, and Citra.

Added by SocalKicks on 08-04-2014

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of valkyre65
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1: I'm a wild ale, lambic, gueuze and sour nut. These are my favorites. Truth be known, this is a really good, balanced, flavorful American example and perhaps even a gateway beer for those that don't like sours.

Not as assertive or acidic as some, and not as bold and "in your face" as many, this is still well rounded, fruity, earthy, tart and sufficiently acidic for those that like wild ales/sours and yet still very approachable for those that don't.

Nice effort.

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Photo of cantoroni
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high bright head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of gooseberries are present in the nose along with hints of wine from the barrel aging process as well as some funk from the brett.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of gooseberries from the Nelson Sauvin hops
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a pleasant amount of sourness along with interesting aromas and flavors from the hops. It is extremely easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of ehinmers
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mwilbur
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Batch #2 of this brew.
A: Pours a hazy dark lemon yellow with a fair amount of carbonation jets producing a 2-3 inch bubbly white head with decent retention. No lacing.
S: Love the nose on this one! Fairly fruit forward at first with soft citrus, peach, melon, and mango. Hints of passion fruit and lime. White pepper, earthy brett, white wine, and dry cracker malt. Complex, fruity, and just lovely.
T: Wow! This one hits you all at once with tart lactobacillus, earthy-sour brett, and white wine notes. Once you get through all that, the tropical fruit notes hit with lime, passion fruit, and mango as well as grapefruit, orange, peach, and melon. Hints of red berries and oak too. Dry cracker malt emerges just before and into the finish.
M: Light-medium body and feel...drinks true to ABV. Sour and tart up front, turning toward tropical sweetness mid-way through, and finishes more with a dry vinous quality.
D: You can tell a lot of thought went into the creation of this complex brew. The amazing thing is that the end result worked out as well as it did! This one was a real treat...seek it out if you can! Would pair well with a lighter meal.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev -3%

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4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rdickey
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The bottle has a handwritten “Batch No. 2” on the label, which is pretty cool. When I pop the cap, the beer bubbles slowly out of the top of the bottle, prompting me to pour it – a cloudy, slightly orange-tinted gold – into my tulip. A fine off-white one-finger head drops more quickly than I expected given the behavior on opening, leaving no lacing.

Smell: In a word, powerful and unique. Ok, two words. Massive citrus hops aromas – grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange – come first in a way that screams “West Coast IPA”. They are then surrounded, though, by sour cherries and other aromas that almost feel Flemish. It’s entirely intriguing; I’m not sure I’ve ever smelled a beer quite like this one.

Taste: This is really quite a beer. In my first sip, the order from the nose is reversed, and it bites like a traditional sour ale, with a big acidic burst. It’s not overpowering, though, and what happens next is excellent. The hops float in unannounced and bring the citrus to the party; the bitterness arrives as well, but it’s very restrained and feels almost like a solid floor for the rest of the beer to sit on. It ends with a very slight vinous note, probably as a result of the barrel aging.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied; there’s obviously a lot going on here, but it basically floats in the mouth.

Drinkability: This is definitely a beer to savor, not due to its heaviness or high ABV but due to its complexity. It’s quite drinkable, but take some time to get to know the beer; it will be worth it.

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Photo of Kyle424
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blacknyellow20
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tommo
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very very nice. Exactly what this should be, nice and hoppy, not bitter at all, very decent amount of sour. Very hazy in appearance but definitely does not detract from beer. Would buy again

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3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of -blast-tyrant-
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I loved this one so much. Great head, great smell. The hops aree balanced well with the funk. Enjoyed the entire bottle all to myself, wouldn't think of sharing it. It blew away my expectations. Would drink again!

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Photo of jwswigs
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

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