Sourdough Wild Ale | Almanac Beer Co.

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Sourdough Wild AleSourdough Wild Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
almanacbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with a mash of raw and malted barley, oats, rye, spelt and lemon, this beer was fermented in used wine barrels with a blend of Brettanomyces wild yeasts and Marla Bakery’s San Francisco sourdough yeast. The finished beer is dry-hopped with tropical Mosaic hops. This unfiltered ale is alive in the bottle: drink fresh for a bright, passionfruit aroma or age to develop the wild yeast funk.

Added by Jtrigonis on 01-30-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
323
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
43
For Trade:
11
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Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dactrius
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is over three years old, why the hell is it so hoppy still? There is negligible sourness even after all this time. This is basically a decent IPA. Nice carb, head and clarity though.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orangesol
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopHead84
2.34/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of DoubleJ
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer, another thank you to Tina for this 375 capped bottle. On to the beer:

A fluffy white head retains itself well on top a yellow-orange colored ale. A bit muddy is the color, I shall add, and splashes of white lace cling around the glass. It smells funny, not like your common sour ale. It smells floral with an "off" sourness to it. It smells like a beer that it well past its due date.

Very different. This is not very sour, though there is a little funkiness. It tastes like flowers got in the way of a honeycomb, but at the end is gently hit with a teabag of bittering and tropical hops. I cannot find the added lemon induced into this beer. When you realize that this beer will not be a puckering treat, you accept what you get, and on its own Sourdough Wild Ale is not a bad beer. This all swims in a medium body, where there are few carbonation bubbles, and they don't interfere.

I do appreciate Almanac to think outside the box, and the final result is acceptable. This beer is not straightforward, so don't jump immediately to conclusions.

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Photo of swanfungus
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ilpalazzo
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mtndg15
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fievel
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChaseTheAce
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AllagashEvan
2.15/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aroma of freshly hydrated bakers yeast. Oxidized.

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Photo of Kenai4
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lorihall1
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottfrie
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

375ml bottle poured into tulip. Bottled February 2013.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light yellow/orange with a large, airy, and fluffy couple fingers of fuzzy off-white head that slowly faded into a soft collar. Sticky sheets of lace were left down the glass.
S: Tons of crisp mineral notes mixed with freshly cut sourdough bread and doughy yeast. Slight peppery herbal spice, presumably from the hops, pokes through as well. Definitely yeast forward.
T: Muddled doughy bready flavors followed by an interesting bready sourness. This really does taste like liquid sourdough with just a hint of spicy hops. Flavors are creamy and a bit muddled.
M: Creamy and fluffy carbonation, medium-full body, soft and heavy mouthfeel. There is no bright tartness or acidity (not saying it should).
O: Two years may have been too long for this one, but having never had it fresh I'll never know. Flavors are good and definitely unique, but this isn't necessary something I'd like to drink again.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed it, not sour at all. I loved how they used a sourdough yeast to help ferment it.

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Photo of yeaprolly
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cp45
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cyrushire
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TychoNDC
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sheenisgod
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chefbigjon
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Sourdough Wild Ale from Almanac Beer Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 323 ratings.
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