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RU-55 | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Red ale aged in oak barrels with wild yeast and souring bacteria. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and bottle-conditioned. This beer is a tribute to our good friend Russ Beattie. Thanks, Russ. Thuss.

Added by MasterSki on 12-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,234
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
693
pDev:
9.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
238
Gots:
154
Trade:
12
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Ratings: 693 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of Justdoit1234
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmeGT
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MammothTarantula
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Myotus
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 45°F from a 750ml bottle (blend #6 - 11Jan16) into a tulip. Consumed on 01May16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of off-white foam that halves itself within 25 seconds. Dark amber in color with a large amount of cloudiness. There is a large quantity of small, rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate in quantity and equally thin and thick.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sour green apple are backed by mild aromas of oak, tobacco, hay, earthy yeast along with subtle aromas of figs, plums, vanilla, and sweet/nutty sherry.
TASTE: It is quite evident that this was barrel-aged as very strong sour green apple and mild oak flavors first caress the palate. Mild plum and fig flavors immediately add a dark sweetness as oak flavors grow stronger. The yeast profile makes itself known as mild flavors of tobacco and subtle hay flavors trail. Mild earthy yeast, and subtle sherry and vanilla flavors finish off the taste theatrical as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL:Medium-bodied with moderate levels of carbonation. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.
NOTE: I haven't had any previous batches of this, so I couldn't tell you how much of an improvement the partial sherry barrel-aging made this. What I can tell you is that this was scrumptious. Everything was where it needed to be and if I had to nitpick, I would have had the sherry flavors be slightly stronger.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roybert
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.27/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of enrique_m
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

look: brown with white head and no lacing.
smell: banyard funk and vinegar.
taste: delicious, taste like sour patch with sherry and limes.
feel: pucker your lips sour tart.
overall: one gotta try brew.

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Photo of allenson21
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatche2
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jackalope1977
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of efrankmcguire
3.06/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Kritch418
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of breadwinner
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sucker for a good sour red, and while this may not possess the musty funk and unique malt profile of something like Rodenbach GC, nor quite the oak-forwardness and diversity of something like Firestone Walker Agrestic, it's still really damn pleasing. Dark, ruddy pour, a touch of haze, fizzy carb. Nose is tart, maybe a few echoes of those sherry barrels, evolving over time with grape notes, a sort of light earthiness, and some lightly sweet malt coming through too. Not heavy at all on the palate, tart and "buggy". I think that tartness dominates a little bit, which is why it doesn't quite reach Grand Cru/Agrestic levels, but there's still some nice stuff going on beneath, that light caramel malt, a bit of sherry wine. Stuff like this would be a total daily drinker for me if price/availability made it so (and, separately, this is available thanks to GC 4-packs!). Overall, JK does this really nicely, and I think anyone would be glad to have a bottle or two of this.

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Photo of FanbladeNoise
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmartinger
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

RU-55 from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 693 ratings
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