The Reaver
Reaver Beach Brewing Company

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #617
ABV:
7%
Score:
91
Ranked #8,599
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 6.47%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
26
From:
Reaver Beach Brewing Company
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  5
SCORE
91
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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 26
Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden-orange color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of light, citrus fruit, yeast, brettanomyces, and some oak.

T: Tasted of a bit of tropical fruit (mango, perhaps?), some citrus (lemon, especially), a light funky quality. brettanomyces, a hint of the oak barrel, and a little Belgian-style yeast. The flavor of this beer is a bit tamer than some other American Wild Ales. Not bad, but could have used a bit of a push.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a surprisingly warm finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer in many ways. It has its flaws, but is still worth a look.

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

750 mL capped bottle, poured into a mini-crystal glass. Blonde color, and slightly acidic tart aroma. Great sour ale from Reaver in my hometown. They know how to do sours, and the oak barrel aging a nice layer of complexity.

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Photo of stakem
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Tim for sharing this 750ml with us. It pours a pale golden color with a white cap.

It smells oaky with soft vanilla sweetness before plenty of bretty character then gets a lemony lactic like yogurt.

The taste is tart and lemony like the previously memtioned greek yogurt then oaky and earthen with brett into the aftertaste.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. A very easy drinking and refreshing brew.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a seethru gold body with fizzy two finger head that died slow and left lace patches. Slightly acidic, tart aroma with oak tannins coming through along with minor citric and a bit like white wine (I guess white/green grapes could be said). Smooth thanks to oak barrels, light bodied, bubbly or at least sharply carbonated although most of sharpness comes from a slightly tart acidic/citric vibe, bits of almost tropical fruit sweetness although again more "wine-like" and well-balanced. Easy drinking and mildly sour/tart with a crisp and clean finish.

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Photo of TomMorris
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden-orange pour with about a finger of tight, white head. Getting some lacto, light tropical fruits, some barnyard must, and perhaps a little white wine in the nose. The taste follows the nose with notes of sour peaches and white wine, and a little bit of wild yeast funkiness. Moderately dry and oaky finish. I could see this being an excellent gateway sour beer; it's quite good and includes many traits that my favorite sour and wild ales have, but it's dialed back just a bit. Just sour enough to be noticeable, just enough tart fruit to be noticeable, just enough funk to be noticeable, and a touch of barrel.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly clear amber with a thick frothy head that retains better than a lot of sours but still fades relatively quickly. Zero lacing.

Nose is big, bright and tangy. Plenty of sour notes, ripe bright fruit like apple. Grass, lemon and sweet white grapes come through big for me. Definitely big notes of the funk on the back end, wet hay.

Flavor is a nice overall. Acidity is great, decent amount of sour (I could stand a bit more but it's a really nice, clean, crisp level here). The souring bacteria is supposed to be native to coastal VA, which is really cool and it works really well here. I do wish there was a bit more pucker. The fruit notes are a bit more tropical than I expected - pineapple and lemon definitely come through for me. The earth notes are bright and light - fresh cut grass. The brett funk is there but it's very mild (much more so than the nose would indicate).

Feel is nice overall - sour has a nice almost tannic feel, body is solid, no rough edges. Carbonation is basically perfect. But there is definitely a bit of a watery touch here.

Overall for the price of $13 for a 750ml this is a really good deal and definitely better than I expected. I like it a lot right now, but am now curious to age some. I bet the brett funk develops more but the acidity and sour falls a bit and I think I like those where they are. Regardless, nice to know someone is pulling off some quality sours nearby.

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

Poured from a 750 into a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazed, honey gold coloring with a foamy, bubbling of white head that quickly disappears, and a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body. The aromas are tart and sour forward, white grape and tart citrus notes, woody highlights, toasted grain backbone, and solid chardonnay characteristics. Very balanced, sour, and smooth. Flavors are lemon and white grape forward, sweet and smooth, with only a hint of sourness. Surprisingly sweet, and amazingly balanced, with a building tart and sour characteristic as you drink. Woody and tannin rich throughout, providing layers and depth, into the lemon zest and apple sweet aftertaste. The finish is smooth, crisp, and with a solid dryness. Amazingly balanced, incredibly simple and tasty, and all in all a damn good beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy golden hue with a thin white head that faded to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of nice oak and wine, good soft lightly tropical fruit, good almost saison yeast.The funk is story pleasant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, light fruit, nice funk. Maybe some saison notes or yeast, the funk comes out more as it warms. Light tropical notes, maybe brett c.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, clean.

O - Overall this beer was a really solid wild ale...and from Virginia no less!

Serving type: bottle

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

Thanks to osnapson (Reddit) shared with rudzud

Pours a light fizzy head fades quickly, hazy bright golden nugget color.

Nose nice sour fruit funk, tart funk like sour guava and lemon, nice acidity, stone fruit sour fruit flesh.

Taste more sour funk, tart fleshy fruit, stone fruit and tart lemon again, little sour blond malt, touch of Brett funk tropical Brett C funk, pineapple and stone fruit, nice acidity. Finish dry little flemmy acidic, lingering tart funk and sour fruit.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, nice acidity.

Overall pretty nice, good tart fruit, little funk, nice sour and tropical Brett C, pretty enjoyable.

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The Reaver from Reaver Beach Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 26 ratings