Firestone Walker / Wild Beer Co. - Violet Underground
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Firestone Walker / Wild Beer Co. - Violet UndergroundFirestone Walker / Wild Beer Co. - Violet Underground
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #243
Ranked #3,224
4.28 | pDev: 5.61%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Firestone Walker / Wild Beer Co. - Violet UndergroundFirestone Walker / Wild Beer Co. - Violet Underground
Notes: The Rainbow Project paired seven UK and US breweries with one of seven colors of the rainbow, creating the theme of the brew. We drew violet. What followed was left to the imaginative and creative spirt among the collaborators. Violet Underground represents a partnership between The Wild Beer Co. and Firestone Walker Brewing Co. A cuvée was born from Somerset Wild, a newly minted Golden and Sunrise Raspberry ale, and Barrelwork’s blending warhouse, Cowbell. Proprietary yeast from both sides of the Atlantic, fresh local California fruit and French candied violet petals went into the cauldron. The resulting potion is bursting with ripe fresh fruit, a hint of violet petals and anchored by a funky yeast foundation. A quenching acidity and lively carbonation rounds out the collaboration. A santé!
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Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour an effervescent gold with a thin layer of ivory colored head. Below averag head retention & lacing

S: Berries, a little wet hay, citrus

T: Follows the nose, plenty of tartness up front. Acidic berry, some orange tartness as this warms. Finishes tart, dry with orange and raspberry

MF: Medium body, delicate carbonation, some enamel peeling stickyness

Pretty solid offering, well worth picking up if you like these types of ales

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a golden yellowish/orange color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This one smells like floral and sweet funk, berries, white wine, citrus, oak, and herbs.

The violet petals add a cool floral/sweet dimension to the beer, giving it a unique and herbal funk. There's some berry type flavor, and a bit of citrus, and a lot of oak. I don't get a lot of specific raspberry flavor, which was to be expected given the color of the beer. There's some nice wine barrel, too.

This is light bodied, crisp, and clean, with an acidity that doesn't linger for a while on the tongue. It's very drinkable.

This is super unique, and I really enjoyed it. It all came together very well.

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Photo of puck1225
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very fragrant and tasty beer!

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing. Very pleasant floral and fruit smell and taste. Slightly sour cherries with sweet dark berries flavors. Enjoyed it this cool evening.

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Photo of Lucular
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lures Bar & Grille. Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow, not really pink or purplish at all. Aroma is tart and wild/brett with wheat and white wine. Taste is similar and VERY sour. I love sour beers, but the sourness takes over the beer more than I would prefer. I wish I could taste the other flavors more as this is clearly a complex brew.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, tangerine color with a very fast receding head,notice some sediment. Smell is reminiscent of berries, mild funk, tastes like a sweet tart,( would not know a candied violet flower if it is here), apple cider vinegar,tastes vinous-Feels acidic and sharp, thin bodied but very dank/dense in taste. Overall this beer seems far out. "French candied violet petals" , extreme bitterness and sharpness. Seems like a higher ABV because of taste- Not my thing really.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Label has bottled on date as '2/15/19'.
Cloudy, apricot colored body. Little bit of white head sticks around as a partial cap and ring. Leaves behind some strings and spots of lacing.
Aroma of sweet floral, un-sweet raspberries, oak, and yeast funk.
Taste is lemon tart, with the sweet floral from the petals, sourness from the unsweetened raspberries, oak from the barrel, and a slight earthy funk. The funk and the flower petals are a worthy addition.
Medium mouth feel, with lots of sparkly carbonation in the mouth.
Good planning must have gone into the concoction of this brew because it has such a flavorful balance and mouth feel. One moment it's sweet, one moment it's tart, and then the sour and funk mix in. Light effect overall, but with an abundance of flavors. Well done.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

this is astoundingly good, a beer of the year candidate for me, and just an absolute treasure. not sure i have seen violet petals in a beer before, let alone candied ones, such a thing has never even occurred to me, or apparently any other brewers, but its such a cool flavor in this. pours real lively from the tap, but isnt purple, not sure why i thought it would be. i get an immediate wash of grape candy, tart lemon and under ripe raspberries, a definite rose floral thing, like potpourri, but appealing in here, and a whole lot of well developed bretty funk, very mature base beer with some wood on it, very complex, a bit tart, and plenty mouthwatering. the flavor is impossibly dynamic and unique, the the violet petals really adding a lot, its no mystery what they do in here, and its like nothing i have ever tasted in a beer before. its sweeter than i thought, obvious but delicate, with grape and elderflower notes, some blackberry and raspberry character in behind it, a slight confection sort of sweetness through it, and just brilliant set with this puckery wild beer, more funky than acidic, and very dry at the end, just amazingly complex. woody and tannic, hints of vanilla and currant, farmy and rustic too on the yeast side. it sings on the palate, effervescent carbonation and a real lightness of being. this is world class beer, as good as it gets and with the violet just so original. never had a beer quite like this. dont miss this while its around. brilliant collaboration, life changing even. i will not soon forget this, what a gem!

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Had this beer on-tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, poured into a snifter glass. Had a bright, golden yellow color and a surprisingly clear consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A solid aroma of yeast, citrus fruit, a floral quality, wood, and berries.

T: Tasted of a good amount of the floral quality (the titular violets), some raspberry notes (quite tart), a lot of yeast (present throughout), a tinge of oak, and some citrus notes (lemon). An interesting and somewhat subtle flavor. The inclusion of the violets gives it a light and sweet quality. Pretty tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a soft, smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: A well done, easy to drink wild ale. Worth a look.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/15/19; drank 8/17/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy yellow/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small bright white head; strong, frothy tree-rung lace.

Tart raspberry, apricot & faint floral notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Very tart raspberry & apricot flavors up front; mild wheat notes on the finish.

Too sour for me, but flavorful. Not one I'll return to.

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Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a layer of bubbles covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour raspberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having sour flavors of raspberries, notes of oak, and possibly some hints of funk. The sourness lingers into the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the balance of flavors in the taste of this beer. It was a pleasant sour to sip and savor.

Note: Batch No. 002, Bottled 2/15/19

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of neurobot01
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: very pale orange, with a smattering of white foam.

Smell: sour and fruit.

Taste: tart, but not overwhelmingly so. Same with the sweet. Like an elixir of Smarties and SweeTarts, but a lot more complicated.

Feel: medium, creamy.

Overall: quite possibly my favorite Barrelworks beer.

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Photo of Beer_Line
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours golden in color and white head

Smells of funk and tiniest bit of raspberry

Taste: phenomenal beer. Tart funky fruity. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: crisp and light, good carb

Overall: a stand out at the liberation event

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Photo of mdagnew
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a golden yellow colour with a slight haze. White head poured pretty loose and frothy then faded quickly to patchy covering with thick edging... no carbonation... some light lacing...

Aroma - Lots of lambic like sourness, bready yeast, sharp spicy fruits (light grapefruits, lemons, sour apples), musty barnyard / wet hay aromas, floral (lavender ?) notes, light vinegary notes, freshly cut wood, very light pale malts...

Taste - Lots of sour limes, lemons and grapefruits, salty, light vinegar hints, cooking apples, yeasty, faint sweet after notes, grapes, light vanilla, floral, grassy, talcum powder, some woody notes, musty, strong champagne like hints...

Feel - Very sharp and dry... light body... pretty drinkable considering the tartness...

Overall - An excellent wild ale and a fine collaboration between Wild Beer Co and Firestone... recommended...

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 55 ratings