Agrestic #002 American Wild Red Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Agrestic #002 American Wild Red AleAgrestic #002 American Wild Red Ale
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4.15/5
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Agrestic #002 American Wild Red AleAgrestic #002 American Wild Red Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This liberation begins its journey as DBA then continues through a “chrysalis” process involving 87% French and 13% American Oak barrels, and our proprietary collection of micro flora. To blend, we selected beer matured eight to 24 months in barrels, creating a synergistic beer. Immediately, toasted oak and lemon pith swirl on the nose and palate, followed by an amazing harmony of vanilla, coconut, Earl Grey tea and spice. The finish is crisp, with mouth-watering acidity and chewy tannins. Since we age, blend and bottle these beers once a year, there will be slight variation with each release.

Added by Halcyondays on 09-11-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,087
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
799
pDev:
7.23%
 
 
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53
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Photo of stephenlee
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JRed
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright tawny in body with off-white Head. Aroma of sour cherries, pepper, some wood, citrus skins. Tastes of sour cherries, pepper, citrus, light caramel and vanilla. Light bodied with high carbonation.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby-tinted brown reminiscent of a cyser, thick soapy head that resists fading. Aroma is oak tannin, vanilla, black tea leaf, cherry pit, sandalwood. Begins light & tart, lots of flora funk, and then pivots into a creamy finish with notes of vanilla, tea leaf, obtuse citrus, dry cherry, mild grape tannin. It somewhat elicits a sherry. Finishes with a little tart kick but smooth on the tongue. Very well done.

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

Picked this up at Julio's and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear honey amber with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of nice oak, little vanilla, tart acidity, vinous notes, solid lacto notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice bright vinous notes, really good oak barrels and vanilla. The brett is quite pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little creamy and crisp on the finish.

O - Overall this was a rather solid wild from Firestone Walker. Held up really nicely and tastes like what America wild ales used to taste like years ago.

Serving Type: bottle

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

Bottles 7/13/15
Light fizzy head, bubbly, little lacing, hazy iced tea color, wisps of lacing and head as it swirls

Nose typical American sour, sour reddish malt, wine barrel vinous notes, little buttery oak, acetic acid fruity, flemmy funk

Taste big sour funk, flemmy, fair amount of funk and bacteria souring, plenty of buttery slight vanilla oak barrel, big red wine and vinous flavors, acetic acid, little flemmy fair funk late, sticky flemmy finish, tart berry

Mouth is med bod, plenty of tart acidity and fizzy carb

Overall petty nice, old school American wild

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Photo of cd34
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of goodbeergoodfood
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewtifulBrewnette
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ElGallo
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vidblain
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Agrestic pours a brownish red that reminds me a bit of an apple beer or heavy cinnamon apple cider (non-alcoholic) - had me thinking of cold Minnesota winters and warm cider with cinnamon sticks. There's no cinnamon to Agrestic, but it definitely features some fruit - primarily cherry, and while it states cranberry as well, I must be missing those notes. The oak barrels add quite a bit of woody dryness to the taste and mouthfeel. It's highly acidic - I found myself digging out the Tums immediately (didn't help that this was my second Firestone Walker sour of the evening).

It's a very decent beer, but not a favorite. Sours that primarily feature cherries just don't do a lot for me.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No 004, 7/2017

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Photo of Dweedlebug
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheWolf
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerJ
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brent_B
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RichieRich1812
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregSemenza
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch: No. 004; Bottled: 07/25/17

A: Pours a burnt red-orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Lots of Brett funk up front with some lactic sour notes and barrel influence. Vanilla, dark fruit, and oak readily present along with light caramel, spice, and earthy tones

T: Starts off with a bit of the lactic tartness and Brett notes and then goes into the barrel and dark fruit notes. Oak, vanilla, cherry, and toast lead the way on that front, followed by coconut, spice, citrus, and some earthy notes. Finishes surprisingly on the cleaner side, with lingering lactic and barrel notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good wild ale with great barrel influence. Hardly recognizable as DBA, but it doesn't really matter much. Nice to sip on and enjoy. Definitely worth checking out

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Photo of Samact
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of I3eer
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Weird

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Photo of Hophazzard
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bnes09
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Agrestic #002 American Wild Red Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 799 ratings