Feral One Batch 2
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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American Wild Ale
4.32 | pDev: 4.4%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a three fingered head capping the hazy bronze liquid; pretty good retention with a smattering of lace

Smell: Funky and oaky, with apricot, guava, cinnamon and vanilla tones

Taste: Lactic apricot, cinnamon and guava forward, with an acetic element building; in the middle, the Bretty funk arrives, bringing the barnyard along with oak and vanilla; some underlying caramel sweetness peeks through but it is dominated by the oak and acetic aspect

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; puckery

Overall: Lots of complexity here and while the overall effect does not thrill me, the beer is a delight to unpack

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Photo of Zythophile
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 12/8/14
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Well, let's see how it held up. I only bought it a year ago.

Look is a medium-dark amber with little head and no lacing. Not totally clear, but not opaque, either.

The scent is only slightly funky, leaving plenty of room for other stuff. Candy sweet, with a little fresh cilantro for some sort of mentholating effect. A little melon and a little berry, too.

Taste is way heavier than the smell. Lots of desiccated fruit, but nothing really stands out – banana, but not; raisins, but not; apples, okay, definitely apples – plus it's a little bitter. It's also deceptively sweet. The bitter goes away quickly, and the sour hangs around at a reasonable level. As it warms up, the apples really start to stand out.

The feel is more carbonated than I expected, with plenty of prickliness. It's rich, but that alone won't drive the grade. Aftertaste is mostly the fruit.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/8/14 and poured into snifter

A: Light amber, translucent, constant small bubbles
S: Peach, apricot, light cherry, oak, light earthy funk, grape, malt sweetness, tart, vinous
T: Apricot, balanced sour, earthy funk, red grape, oak, light vanilla, citrus, peach, light spice
M: Lively carbonation, light medium
O: Incredible balance here and great complexity in flavor and aroma. FW knocks all beers out of the park #FWfanboyyalllzzzz

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Snallygaster 2015. Plastic cup. Had 4 of these.

Pours a deep gold with excellent clarity and generous lacing. Great retention. Fine soapy white head. Bright tartness melds beautifully with wheat malt base, apricot and stone fruit, light citrus, wonderful undertone of funk. Medium-light body and carbonation. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Harvest06
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Complex fruit and oak on the nose with underlying sourness. Taste follows the nice and is to die for. This is a very good sour. Comparable to several Cascade sours.

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Feral One Batch 2 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 95 ratings