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

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

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.

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Photo of BEER88
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked bottle dated 7/5/16 poured gently in a stemmed glass! Dark peach cloudy color with a 1inch head that sticks around throughout. Lacing rings the glass the whole way down. Smell is rich funk, oak, citrus fruits, slight vinegar notes, vanilla, caramel malts. Taste is very pleasant for this early spring day that mirrors the smell but initially you get the fruity esters up front then the tartness mid palate followed by shard acidity is in the back end. It feels light, effervescent, but I get a metalicy note that hits quick, and leaves fast, can't put my finger on it! Overall this is a solid wild ale but I prefer wicked Weed sours over this FW series, you get a 500ml that tastes a little better and the price is the same as this 375!

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Photo of Parmesan
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliant copper orange color with a small white head and no lacing.

S: Cherry, strawberry and raspberry with notes of oak, vanilla and caramel, very nice aroma.

T: Cherry, strawberry, raspberry mixed with oak vanilla and caramel, and a medium Sourness a nice complex beer.

F: Creamy with nice bubbly carbonation.

O: A very nice and complex sour.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very strong and aggressive carbonation rages within the vessel and dirty orange colored body of good clarity. A monstrous, dull eggshell white head is towering in size with soapy air pockets. Spotty and spacious vessel dressing, appear on the vessel.

S: Caramel-raisin, with some woody-orange floral notes are first on the nose. Light maple syrup sweetness.

T: The flavor has a touch of funky oranges, acidic, and very clean in delivery with a great belgian yeasty attributes. Musky fruit, sour strawberries, caramel with some sour lemony citrus hops.

M: The mouthful had a good amount of carbonation vibes, silky cream texture.

O: A very nice and clean flavor, well mannered sour, well crafted but at $15 a bottle 12oz may cause some hesitation. Very polished drinking experience, not overwhelming sourness, but one that is particularly sharp and clean in flavor.

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense beige head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of cherries, raspberries and oak are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but the oaky flavors are stronger and also contribute hints of vanilla. There is a little sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, acidic, and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't overly sour but has interesting flavors of berries with some sourness.

Note: Batch No. 2, Bottled 7/15/15

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002.

Bottled 7/15/15; drank 5/13/16 @ Golgi Apparatus.

Opaque dull orange rust appearance.

Small bright white head; minimal lace.

Fresh peach notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Peach flavor up front; sea salt & mild tartness on the finish. The salt notes added a pleasant gose vibe; fruity, simple & very effective. An effervescent treat.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by one finger; the head fades and leaves some spotty lacing

Smell: Cherry and lemon, with a hint of oak

Taste: Lactic sour tones of lemon and cherry, up front, with green apple through the middle; oak and a touch of pithy bitterness, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Pretty decent sour

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Photo of BergBeer
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Translucent red-brown with a thick cream colored head.

Nose: Bing cherries, tart funk, oak, slight vinegar, warm oak, floral notes, tart cranberries.

Taste: Mellow tart, fresh cherries, light tart cranberries, earthy funk, hints of vanilla, warming oak, and peppery herbs.

Feel: Mellow overall tart. Light-medium body. Clean and easy drinking. No booze.

Overall: A beautiful American wild. The sour is so well dialed in and the body is so complex and flavorful. Absolutely brilliant sour.

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Photo of stortore
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 7/10/15.

Pours an attractive reddish tinted amber, a little hazy, with a one and a half finger head, a ring of clingy foam. Smell is malt, yeast, cherries, brett, some oak and vanilla, white wine as it warms, an aroma of herbal spiciness. Taste is lead by malt and cherries, then, cranberries, light vanilla, some red wine, oak. It's tart as much as sour, and not all that much of either. Dry, crisp, smooth, solid body, the taste lingers for a bit. Great mouthfeel on this one.

Well blended and balanced. Lots of flavor. Look forward to trying future batches.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottling date of 07/15/15

Appearance - Relatively clear and orange amber in color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention, then fades to a fair, broken layer of surface suds and a thick ring around the edges.

Smell - Wild cherry, lemon, a faint oak undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Lemon and cherry sourness. A bit of granny smith as well. Tartness dies down in the finish, uncovering distant notes of oak and a touch of lemon pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

Overall - Pretty tasty, but ouch(!) on the price. Doesn't taste much different from other 'favorable' sours I've tried, but interesting that this started out as DBA. Goes to show you what wild yeasts can do to a beer. Something I'd probably try again on tap, but bottled price is too steep for my blood.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice carbonation and coloring with a decent lacing with a light distinctive wild aroma. More of the taste is wrapped up in the feeling and aftertaste of this wild, similarly as with the Feral One, Batch 3. Fizzy as this is that, it really doesn't relate to taste as I perceive taste, just the fizzy appeal.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2, bottled 7/15/2015 served cold in a teku

Appearance: light brown, clear with some red hints and a fuzzy white head.

Nose: lacto, lemony, tart and delicious, funky Brett, oaky tannins, cherries, cranberries, raspberry

Taste: tannins, oaky, cherry, cranberry, light red wine, very dry Champagne like finish, tart and crisp, not too funky

Overall: great sour offering from FW here. Not too tart and smacking sour but it let's you know that there is some funk in there.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle poured into a Anchor steam glass.Smell is a cherry/lemon smell.Taste is a tart cherry taste with a touch of lemon.I am not usually a big sour fan but when I saw this on the shelf I wanted to try it because it was Firestone.It is really very good.I would buy it again.Give it a try.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very impressive American take on the style. Oak, vanilla, tart cherries, funk, & apples. Almost buttery at times from the oak. Very balanced equal parts barrel, tart cherry notes, and funk. Finishes dry, reminiscent of how RRBC sours finish which is second to none IMHO. Well made beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 7/15/15
Palate Contaminants: cheese

A Barrelworks bottle! Not in California!

Appearance is an opaque tea-like tan.

Smell is good, it's got grapefruit and unripened orange, along with some burned sugar candy.

Taste up front is plenty tart, and the grapefruit is even more intense. The bitterness hits, then it fades to a nice smooth, mellow, savory, and mildly malty flavor with sweet cranberries and citrus, with sour and bitter echoing.

Feel is not what I expected with the head. It's actually substantial, even silky, I'd say.

I'm not the biggest fan of sours, but I can definitely appreciate this. The aftertaste is actually really nice.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - A light cranberry juice / copper type color. Clear in appearance
Smell - Tart, cherries, berries, funk, vinegar, wine
Taste - Tart cherries/cranberries, oak, hints of vanilla, acidity/vinegar

Overall - A very tasty wild ale from FW's Prop Vintage series! I would most definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Harrys Hofbrau. Not overly complex, but crisp, refreshing and enjoyable. Tart and sourness are on the lighter side but still solid. The Red Ale flavors do come through but are complementary. I think the bottle may bring a different experience for some reason. I got virtually zero nose because of the tap serving. This got way better as it warmed up slightly. Overall a tasty and refreshing beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/15/15. Poured from a 375 cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a vibrant, rich, copper coloring, with small legs of carbonation trails throughout, and a sparse, foamy, uneven, off-white head. Aromas of white wine characteristics forward, with notes of chardonnay, white grape must, and subtle acidity, all blending with woody highlights, notes of grape and cherry, hints of sourness, and subtle farmhouse funk. Flavors are very sour and fruity forward. After the initial pucker and mouth water, you get a slow reveal of flavors, with notes of cherry and white grape blending with woody and earthy highlights, followed by richer fruit notes of apple and raspberry, hints of vanilla, and subtle red wine and tannin characteristics. Solid woody notes throughout add depth, as well. The body is dry and crisp, providing a subtle cleansing after each sip. Tart, sweet, and sour aftertaste heavy on fruity tastes and wine-like feels. The finish is dry, sweet, and very crisp. Solid linger of sour characteristics. Very good beer.

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Photo of draheim
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. 375mL into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery amber w/ a 1-finger off-white head.

Aroma is tart, fruity, bready.

Taste is sour, a touch vinegary, bready and sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, balanced.

Overall a nice American wild / oud bruin whatever. Pretty standard approach, well executed.

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Photo of 303beer
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orange peach color with quickly dispersing head about an eighth of an inch thick. The nose is sour. The taste is light and a bit tart. Easy drinking. Not much flavor to the backend. Not bad bad but remarkable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bert's
Mostly clear tawny amber color with a smallish bubbly off white head. Vinous rustic earthy funky nose dripping with macerated fruit. Huge puckering lemony tart flavor. Light earth sweet fruit mild funk. Light sweetness lingers a bit. Interesting blend of flavors, nice beer.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a beautiful brown/red color with a 2 finger head from a 12.8 oz bottle. Lacing down the glass is nice. The smell is oak and berries and cherries. The taste is oak with berry like fruit. The feel is excellent, with a bit of dry on the back, but not too much. An excellent beer.

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Photo of charlzm
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on January 10th, 2015 from a corked and caged bottle with a bottled-on date of 07/15/15. Poured into a Barrelworks Teku because proper glassware with the brewery logo makes everything taste better, amiright?

Beer pours a nicely clear amber/deep orange until the bottom, when a little sediment makes the whole thing slightly cloudy. Oops. Fine white head disappears immediately, leaving only a trace of a thin white crown.

Aroma is sour with notes of citrus. Soft grain note of some kind in the background.

Flavor is powerfully acidic and citric right off the bat, though this settled down after a few sips. Ever so slight husky grain note before tart grapefruit finish. Tannic like a red wine but not aggressively so.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a touch of slightly creamy carbonation. Lightly dry.

Overall, it's an intensely sour beer that is a pleasure to drink if you like that sort of thing.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very nice look to it. The head is a vigorous foamy head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is very nice to look at. It's a very reddish medium amber color that is clearly filtered. The overall appearance resembles that of a nice red wine.

The smell has really strong tart notes that can sometimes dominate the other notes and is definitely present. Once you get past the tartness, you get an interesting mixture of spice and various citrus notes. The citrus notes come off as a mixture of lemon, light grapefruit, and a bit of orange. The spices resemble a sweet and tea like note. The smell also has a moderately strong tannins note with a bit of fresh barrel to it. Supposedly, there is also a bit of vanilla note to it but is very subtle.

The taste is still pretty good but not as complex as the smell. The tart note comes out rather strong as does the lemon and citrus notes. The spices are still there but very subtle and often gets overshadowed by the hops and tart. The vanilla note is also a bit stronger but more creamy and shows up later than anything else. When the beer gets warmer, the barrel notes and the tannins definitely come out a bit more.

The feel is good. It has a nice medium body that is on the lighter side. The carbonation is biting, which gives the beer a nice and crisp finish. Before the finish, the beer is pretty acidic but it adds a little bit to the experience.

Overall, this a pretty good subtle, balanced, and complex beer. The notes are all present and the beer evolves as it gets warmer. This is definitely a must-have wild ale since it's a bit different than other wild ales and a nice foray by Firestone into wine-aging. Go for it.

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Photo of kevanb
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, caged and corked, batch 002, dated 7.15.2015, 5000 cases, poured into a Firestone Walker Barrelworks Teku glass.

The beer pours a nice, hazy and opaque amber color, hues of brick red and orange when struck by the light with a big, foamy, soapy off white head that has incredible retention, stands about two fingers high and has wonderful lace. The aroma is pleasant, oaky, funky, malty, tannic, citric with just a mild vinegar like quality, and some nice sweetness, vanilla-esque. Loads of character, nice balance, pleasantly funky as well, a very engaging nose. The flavors are nice, plenty of rich amber malts, some vanilla sweetness, funky oak, chewy, red wine tannins, cherry, lightly floral as well with crisp lemon peel citrus, nice balance with a lingering vinegar flavor. The mouthfeel is very good. It's coating, full bodied with zippy and lively carbonation, a touch dry that finishes very easily with just a light sour bite.

Verdict: A darn fine American Wild Ale from Firestone Walker. I'm not typically fond of red and brown wild ales but this is a great beer. Exceptional complexity, nice balance, perhaps a touch heavy on the vinegar aspect, but I found myself enjoying this more and more as it opened up.

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Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy ruby red with a three finger white head.

S- Sour cherries, vinegar, oak, some lemon.

T- Sour, cherries, lemon and orange peel, oak, slightly earthy, some vinegar, very nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid sour, nicely balanced. Worth picking up if you find it.

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