Dogpatch Strawberry
Almanac Beer Co.

Dogpatch StrawberryDogpatch Strawberry
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Wild Ale
4.06 | pDev: 8.13%
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Dogpatch StrawberryDogpatch Strawberry
Notes: Ale brewed with strawberries aged in wine barrels.
Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 427 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this was thanks to rudzud.

Pours a mild fizzy head, fades fairly quickly, hazy auburn amber color.

Nose mild strawberry, a little earthy strawberry flesh, skin and seed notes, mild funk very little, a little effervescent bubbly champagne like note with wine vinous notes, touch of farmhouse funk, earthy, mild grassy.

Taste is fairly tart, slight sour, a little earthy farmhouse funk, champagne like note with more vinous wine flavors, a touch of a toasty oak thing but very little, mild acidity and tart flemmy, with some strawberry, fresh flesh and a little green stem seed notes. Finish tart flemmy fair sour with lingering mild strawberry flavors, tart acidic flemmy notes, a little earthy funk.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice effervescent carb, flemmy acidic note.

Overall pretty nice, lighter bud nice strawberry, decent sour in general, light vinous barrel, pretty tasty.

Dec 30, 2015
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think most Almanac sours taste very similar. I do like the taste a lot, but there was something different with the strawberry. I felt like ther was a strange after taste that wasn't very pleasant. I might have let it warm too much. Either way this is a great beer, but I prefer Almanac's other offerings like Valley of Heart's Desire, Pluot, etc.

Jul 27, 2015
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MissSmisje from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: brownish peach
S:strawberries, a touch of the sour milk scent warm strawberries give off, hay
T: tart, unripe strawberries, red jolly rancher, hay, lemon pulp in the finish
F: medium mouth feel (the body feels like it comes from sugars), sour, with an acidic finish
O: solid. Not the most complex strawberry sour I've had, but a good beer.

Jun 22, 2015
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scottfrie from California

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle into tulip. Bottled May 2014.

A: Pours a dark iced-tea color with a ruby hew to it. Fluffy thick head faded to a thin lasting bubbly collar.
S: Jammy and buttery nose. Strawberries are sweet and tastes like fruit preserves, and the barrel is full of woody, buttery, oak. Tart notes with hints of spicy yeast.
T: Sweet jammy strawberry up front with tart and clean acidic funk that has a mild citrus quality to it. Clean flavors. Blond light crisp clean bright tart flavors with a sweet kiss of strawberry. Aftertaste has a touch of greasy sweetness.
M: Light and crisp body, tart and dry mouthfeel, Puckering. Fuzzy carbonation. Tartness is citric acid like.
O: A clean and easy sour. Strawberry is juicy but not overpowering.

May 26, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed last summer in Colorado Springs, CO. Pretty much in the fridge since. Full review to phone last night during tasting.

A- Red on the pale side of the spectrum with a fizzy foamy white cap to one finger. Large puffy ring leads to no lacing in the end.

S- Sour lactic bomb with a good layer of funky bugs underneath and fruit tones like lemon, strawberry and wine grapes.

T- Strawberry seem to open up quite a bit with some fresh berry flavors coming to mind. Funk is not huge but underlies it all with a large dose of lactic acid. Wheaty grains, lemon juice, passion fruit yogurt and green apple.

MF- Fairly light overall body with plenty of sours and a bit of a slickness. Carbonation certainly on the higher side as it did start to foam out of the bottle.

Lots of lactic LOL with a noble effort on the strawberries as they actually do come through with that fruity tart berry flavor.

Mar 16, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a rocky beige head; dots of lacing linger

Smell: Strawberry shortcake cut with tart green apples; acetic tones abound

Taste: Acetic green apple sour tones dominate the front end, with vinous oak building; the strawberry is more subtle on the tastebuds than in the aromatics but it arrives, after the swallow; very puckery in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; lots of pucker

Overall: Another nice sour from Almanac though I would have liked the strawberry to have been as present in the flavor as it was in the aroma

Feb 28, 2015
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not sure exactly how they do it, but Almanac nails the balance of a sour every time. It's never mildly tart or too mouth-puckering; it's juuuust right.

Jan 12, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma offers lemon tart qualities with some strawberry and general berry notes.

The beer is medium plus tart up front onto a soft strawberry flavor and a clean finish. Not much or no funk to speak of as the beer seems to be covered by tart qualities.

A wonderful sour from Almanac that stands up to their other brews and great other sour brews.

Jan 11, 2015
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nmann08 from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours a murky light copper color, orange hues, good carbonation.

The nose is tart, funky, acidic, and of course all strawberries. A little citrus, lemon, yeast. The flavor is pretty acidic, mostly strawberry, a little fruit punch, bread crust, notes of oak. The mouthfeel is a bit puckering but with a bit of sweetness that mixes well with the bitter finish.

Overall, I love strawberries, so I am glad this wasn't a mess, because it tastes very good.

Nov 22, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish red in color and somewhat resembles apple cider when looking at this up close; from afar there appear to be more reddish hues. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that gradually died down and eventually completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness and wine barrels are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste is rather sour and has lots of flavors from the wine barrels. I don't get any flavors of strawberries.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This wild ale is pleasant to drink because it isn't overly sour. It was very hard to pick up any strawberries in the smell or taste. This might be because strawberry juice isn't packed with as much flavor compared to other juices. I'm not sure if more strawberries could have been added in this beer to make this taste more like strawberries.

Serving type: bottle

Nov 16, 2014
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vfgccp from New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

A - Murky pine-brown body. Off white head settles quickly with poor retention and lace.

S - Tingly sour nose with soft strawberry, raspberry, and lemon notes.

T - Tangy, oaky sourness. Bread crust center. Lemon rinds and a hint of strawberry through the finish.

M - Medium-full body and surprisingly smooth for the style.

O - The balance favors oak a little too heavily over the strawberry, but otherwise a really nice wild.

3.95 Dogpatch Strawberry
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.00 3.75 3.00 3.58 10% 0.36
S - 4.30 4.00 4.25 4.18 20% 0.84
T - 4.50 4.00 3.50 4.00 40% 1.60
M - 4.20 3.50 3.75 3.82 10% 0.38
O - 4.40 3.75 3.50 3.88 20% 0.78

Nov 15, 2014
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mac31 from California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured to small snifter, served at 50F

Sweet strawberry entry, no mistaking that. The acid from the strawberry marries well with the sour, acidic profile of this brew. Some vinous, earthiness nuanced flavors moving in to the finish. Reminds me of a Rosé. Thin bodied, minimal lingering sour notes, pleasant and enjoyable. The sweetness of the strawberry resurfaces from time to time, making this sour not so sour. Carbonation is soft, but spritzy-dancing on the tongue. No alcohol detected. Easy to drink. Too bad there is only 375 mls per bottle. Much better than their dog patch sour offering. Will buy again.

Nov 13, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared with Curran tonight.

Pours a dark rouge, slightly opaque, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells kinda vinegary, with some indistinct fruitiness, and lactic acid.

This feels a little boring. The high level of carbonation dominates flavor-wise, giving it a bite on top of the medium amount of sourness and tartness. It's not bracingly sour, per se, but it's definitely got some lactic goodness to it. I'm not really getting much strawberry- at fridge temp I'm not getting any at all, but as it warms up I get a slight amount.

This has a crisp, tart mouthfeel, with a very high amount of carbonation.

Not bad, but not that great, either.

Nov 04, 2014
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 375mL bottle into a mini-snifter.

A thin, wispy and fizzy head is produced from the pour but it quickly dissipates. What remains is a slightly hazy orange, ruby red and dark brown body. It's got the appearance of maybe guava juice, but hell, I haven't drank that stuff in ages. 4

Mostly sourness and tartness hit my nose, but there's certainly a fruit element to these aromas. The strawberry is there if I try hard enough to find it, but it's faint. 3.5

Strawberry is the last thing you'll taste with this, as a fresh, tart strawberry flavor hits and lingers. Up front it's more heavy on the funk, almost gueuze-like with that heavy malt/yeast taste and sensation. As the beer warms, the fruit becomes more pronounced throughout and plays a good foil to the funk. 4.25

I'd almost say this drinks lightly, but there's a bubbly carbonation like soda followed by the dry, mouth puckering tartness. I smack my lips a few times with each sip. 4.25

This improved mightily with some warming up. Tart fruity flavors abound and the funkiness, while initially quite assertive, takes a back seat and lets the strawberry shine.

Oct 28, 2014
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brianmandell from California

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

375 ml bottle dated May 2014; Reddish amber color with head reducing to minimal lacing.

Smell is lactic, lemon, light sweet berry with some vinous notes

Flavor is lemon and apple up front and very sour - with some acetic acid burn in the throat. The moderate sweetness is masked by the high acidity. Not a whole lot of strawberry flavor which is most apparent in the aftertaste after the initial acidic shock wears off. There is some yogurt and bready malt in the aftertaste which lingers for awhile. I am also getting some oakiness and vinous notes as well.

Mouthfeel is good for the style with active carbonation.

Overall, this is solid but not my favorite from Almanac. The high acidity takes center stage in the flavor department and hides many of the more interesting qualities of the beer.

Oct 15, 2014
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kemoarps from Washington

3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminiscent of fresh apple cider, though not as much particulates. Murky brownish amber.

Starts off with like an apple cider vinegar quality, some sweet berries and some damp funk. I suppose that's what the plan was...

Much more tart on the tongue than the sniffer suggested. Sour cherry, almost like the red E-mergen-C vitamin C packets. Don't get too much specific strawberry though if I look for it it's there as a sweet/sour note on the back end. The finish provides more strawberry too, more in the form of dried strawberries.
Crisp and thirst quenching. Mouthwateringly sour, but pleasantly so. I'm still relatively new to sours, and this one seems to me to be solid if not spectacular.

Oct 13, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -36%

Pour is dark copper, mostly clear with a slight haze and a light tan head. Nose is metallic, fair bit of grain, notes of cinnamon, light strawberry. Taste is a bit less metallic, very sweet, sugary, unripe strawberry, a bit sour, a touch of acetic acid. Medium body, a touch syrupy, softer carb.

Sep 25, 2014
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yoitsarch from California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Aroma: Strawberries, vinegar, and light funk.
Taste: Mouth water puckering sourness, strawberry flavor is light, I get no wine barrels out of it, tart.
Mouthfeel: Medium , good level of carbonation.
Overall: Good sour, not great. All of almanac sours taste alike with just a difference in the fruit taste, nothing unique but an easy score if you live in CALI for $12 a bottle. Great starter for first time sour drinkers.

Sep 13, 2014
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance. Pours a really hazy amber-orange with half a finger of off-white head that doesn't last all that long.

Smell. Caramel, slightly acetic, smells a bit like a flanders style. Some cherry and red berries but smell is not really this beer's forte.

Taste. Oh yeah, that's the stuff. Lemony sourness in a big way, light wood and red berries, and a touch of lemon zest.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, fairly strong and fine carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff, quite sour. I would buy this again for sure!

Sep 05, 2014
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%

poured into cascade tulip.

Appearance: medium red bodied beer with large white head. Head slowly dissipates down to no head at all.

Smell: light to moderate sourness and very fruity.

Taste: Mild tartness upfront. Strawberries and cherries and lots of fruitiness. Minimal funkiness just a hint of lacto cheesiness. Toward the back end of the beer it gets more tart and hints of lemon start to show up. Hint of white wine notes as well.

Mouthfeel: medium body beer with low carbonation. Semi dry finish with a is slightly watery mouthfeel. Pretty standard for Almanac beers.

Overall: Another great sour beer by Almanac. Keep them coming because they are making really solid sours that can be fairly creative at times. The fruit tastes fairly authentic in the sour as well.

Aug 28, 2014
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Brohal from California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Over the course of a week tried 4 of the Almanac fruit beers (2 of the cherries, the citrus and this). By far this was the least memorable. It wasn't a bad beer by any stretch, but it lacked really any strawberry notes, didn't have the flavor complexity of the other Almanac beers and didn't quite meet the level of expectation I had for it. So, if handed one I wouldn't refuse it and still better than many basic beers, but if I were choosing among Almanac beers this would be on of the last choices probably.

Aug 25, 2014
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

The beer pours a rich looking tarnished copper color with minimal head retention (despite a constant flow of bubbles to the surface) or sediment lingering (mainly at the bottom). The nose is tart strawberries upfront with a hint of astringency, grainy sweetness, and some spicy oak. In contrast to the nose, the beer drinks with more tart grain upfront, which then transitions into a jammy, non-latexy strawberry fruitiness and slightly tannic oak finish. It's a medium bodied, med. acidic, lowly funky, and well carbonated sour, which has a base beer that's quite capable of accentuating the juicy strawberry fruit in its long, drawn out and dry finish. This beer offers a distinct improvement from the regular dogpatch (done with cherries) and I prefer it between the two, but it doesn't offer the same drinking pleasure as some of the other almanacs I've had (would seek those out instead).

Aug 18, 2014
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snaotheus from Washington

3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle split between a tulip and a Georgetown sampler. I'm drinking the sampler. Sampler was poured first and had little or no sediment; tulip second and completely, and had lots of sediment.

Pours light brownish amber, clear (again, I'm having the sampler sans sediment), no head and lots of carbonation. Smell is sour, fruity, makes me think of sweet tarts.

Taste is quite tart, maybe a hint of strawberry, mostly just tart. Perhaps lemony more than strawberry.

Mouthfeel is thin but fairly nice. Overall, it's pretty good.

Aug 04, 2014
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chugalug06 from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Damn red/orange cloudy brew. one-finger head, straw in color and falls fast; no lacing.

Loads of fine ripe tart strawberry. Heavy farm/sulfur aroma.

Lots of initial strawberry followed by blast of farmy funk flavors. Dry, earthy, forward, smooth sweetness. Carbonation is heavy. Lemonade-y.

This is a bit of a throwing sour. nothing bitter or puckering. Solid and forward. Missing bright flavors. Recommended.

Jul 29, 2014
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 2014 bottle.

A: Pours a super cloudy strawberry red. Small tan head that fades out fast. Zero lacing, very little retention.

S: A little strawberry with lots of lactic sourness. Sour apples?

T: Oh yeah. Big, big sour strawberry immediately up front. Mouth puckering. Lots and lots of sour apples mix in and almost overpower. Smoothly into a cleaner, sweeter apple/strawberry flavor instead of your typical heartburn-inducing aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, teeth-chatteringly bitter but smooths out fast.

O: Nice drinking sour. Very smooth despite the level of sourness. Strawberry is a little muted, honestly this tastes more like sour apples most of the time. It's still tasty, I was just expecting a boatload of strawberries in this one.

Jul 21, 2014
Dogpatch Strawberry from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 427 ratings