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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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:
#1,795
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
793
pDev:
7.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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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Batch No 004, 7/2017

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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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Agrestic #002 American Wild Red Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 793 ratings