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:
-
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
73
pDev:
5.65%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zythophile
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 2/28/18
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The color is somewhere between ruby red and lavender. Light pink head, which kinda makes it look like that Jell-O with the foamy top.

Yep, check currants off. Throw in a little rhubarb in the smell, too. Fresh cilantro and strawberries. Moderate intensity.

A lot more rhubarb in the taste. It's not particularly sweet, although it's detectable. A bit more strawberry. Moderate sourness. Good intensity. Mineral, which isn't too common in brews.

Light-moderate weight. Slightly astringent. The aftertaste is bitter and sweet, with the fruit attached to that.

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Photo of fosters9
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChipChaight
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taospowder
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brauseboof
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HipCzech
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 375 ml bottle (“batch no. 001, bottles: 02/28/18”) poured into a Riedel Vinum Bordeaux glass.

Appearance: Bright, reddish fuschia with a pale pink head of white foam and streaky lace.

Smell: Tart red fruit, vinous wood, and horse-blanket.

Taste: Bracingly tart, acid (lactic, wine vinegar) with just enough red fruit sweetness, and hints of brett funk and earthy minerals.

Mouthfeel: Light body with lively carbonation.

Overall: Another terrifically tart and complex sour from FW’s Barrelworks.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpaethJam
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of vidisad
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eppCOS
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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%
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 -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stella77artois
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregSemenza
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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UnderCurrants from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 73 ratings