UnderCurrants | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In 2018 we challenged ourselves to using an array of fruit new to our palates and practices. When offered a high quality, freshly picked Black Currant sample, we couldn't resist. We present to you a metamorphosis for your sense. Using 12-36 month aged Agrestic Ale as a base, to which we add1.5lbs/gal black currants, the beer undergoes the final maturation in our French oak "fruiders" for an additional four months. A convergence of supple tanning and deep purple pigments, gooseberry jam, a month-watering acidity and earthy leather elicit notes of a beer having vinous roots. A new variant to one Barrelworks pioneers is born. Santé!

Added by gatornation on 04-03-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,531
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
59
pDev:
5.63%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
Trade:
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of mig100
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eppCOS
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Like a pink foam monstrosity, this beer with currants and Brett hints at something interesting...
S - First clue that this is sour, with tart acidity, and the "spunk" from Bret, but still some fruit on the whiff...
T - Fantastic impact of Brett, sour, then the fruit on the back end of the palate. Bracing, refreshing.
F - Almost too perky because of the Brett, of which I'm not a huge fan, but it's well managed here and makes the beer something to seek out when temps reach over 90. Almost light enough to be lawn mower beer..
O - Another outstanding barrelworks project from FW, outstanding in almost every way. Yum .

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Photo of Jrosso
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

its been a long time since i had anything new and heady from firestone, its been the same classics for as long as i can remember it seems, so i was stoked to see something like this emerge. its a heavy currant brew, mature wild woody beer underneath, but this is really all about the fruit, about as much currant as can be packed into this has been, and it has a gorgeous ruby red to purple color with a pink airy head from the tap, a real sexy glass of beer. the currants dominate in nose and taste, with the acid coming first, some lactic pucker here too, cool wood and wine tannins, the skins more than the juice of the currants to me, sharp but well balanced by a bit more grain than so many fruited sours have, and i really like it, a little sweetness from the malt in the middle is needed, and then a nice body from some wheat as well i suspect. port wine, raspberry, mixed berry jam, cranberry, lemon, and woody red wine, really beautiful complexion to this, and even some cool bretty funk developing in the mix when it warms up, drier at the end, a little chalky or gritty in texture, but so is the fruit to me, so it makes sense, makes this seem extremely natural. wonderful beer, not all fruit but the currants really drive this. gorgeous color, impressive depth and maturity, and reasonably priced. really solid new one from these guys!

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Photo of npolachek
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid balance. Strong acididity to the beer as well as intense sourness from the currants. Overall a solid well balanced beer. Another great one from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of hermit990
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stella77artois
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregSemenza
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PJHOY
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ryan4120
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Purple with red highlights throughout with a thin purplish/white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.
S - Sour, sweet currants with notes of cranberry, grape, and unmistakable brettanomyces
T - Follows the nose. Sour and tart dominates the palate followed by sweet, rich currant, along with notes of cherries, raspberries, cranberry, grape, lingonberry, and brettanomyces funk.
F - Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Sweet, crisp, somewhat fizzy.
O - This is a really good wild ale/sour. It's got a great currant/red fruit flavor profile along with some great brett notes that tie it all together.

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Photo of alexsergio
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/28/18; drank 8/15/18 @ the Yarchives.

Blood red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice pink head; strong, frothy tree-run lace.

Currant, raspberry, oak & tart cherry notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Currant & oak flavors up front; tart cherry notes on the finish. This became more sour as it warmed.

I'm not sure American "wild ales" can get much better...

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheWolf
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BKotch
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheGent
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of izzyismyrott
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Livyatan1996
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been side-eyeing these things more than that girl that used to work with me. Finally enjoying this. Preface, i love black currants. Pours a DEEP red color, with a nice pink head that goes to a small fluffy rim with a decent amount of lacing, almost leg shaped reaching out of the beer. Boy do those currants sing. Smells just like em, with a good hit of tart/almost funk and earthy notes coming through. Tastes like a dream, super tart initially and then nothing but smooth berry flavor. Nice and fluffy on the mouth, finishes a bit try and lingering tart flavors keep you wanting more. Was worried this wouldn't match it's price point but I'm not too mad. This that good good.

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Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CJNAPS
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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UnderCurrants from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 59 ratings