Blueberry Jack | Almanac Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
4.06/5
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43 Ratings
Blueberry JackBlueberry Jack
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hazy collaboration with our friends at Stillwater Artisanal Ales, it’s also the latest entry in their “Strains from Mother Nature” series. We blended together a blonde Brettanomyces-fermented ale aged in both oak barrels and foedres, then added California-grown blueberries and blackberries. After maturing, we dry-hopped the beer with reckless amounts of Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado, Simcoe, Galaxy, Nugget, and Sterling hops for a trippy, tropical-dank aroma.


Added by frasergrove on 01-29-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
43
pDev:
6.65%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bloodsnot77
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of MikeBogert53
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of CJNAPS
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/19/2017. Pours slightly hazy reddish/pinkish orange color with a 1 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart/tangy blueberry, blackberry, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, cherry, strawberry, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passionfruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, oak, hay, straw, floral, grass, pepper, wheat, cracker, light leathery/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, berries, citrus/tropical hops, and moderate oak/pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/tangy blueberry, blackberry, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, cherry, strawberry, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passionfruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, oak, hay, straw, floral, grass, pepper, wheat, cracker, light leathery/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy berries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, cherry, strawberry, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passionfruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, oak, hay, straw, floral, grass, pepper, wheat, cracker, light leathery/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, berries, citrus/tropical hops, and moderate oak/pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from tartness and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 6.75%. Overall this is an outstanding fruited wild ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, berries, citrus/tropical hops, and moderate oak/pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly lactic/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Pretty much perfectly balanced fruity/funky Brett, berries, and citrus/tropical hop complexity; with nice oak presence and malt backbone to balance acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jcb7472
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottfrie
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into snifter. Bottle date 1/19/17.

A: Pours a deep berry juicy purple with a very short lived fizzy head that quickly disappeared into a faint collar. No lace.
S: Juicy and perfumey berry nose with fragrant notes of sweet blueberries mixed with notes of peach, earthy spice, jammy blackberry, and doughy yeast.
T: Juicy berry flavors up front mixed with notes of sweet tropical fruits and a touch of ripe melon. There's a bitter citrus rind/pith quality to the finish. Sweet sugary berry lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body, bright acidic punch, medium tartness, drying finish, but some residual sweetness lingers. Bubbly, even, carbonation. Tartness/acidity is lemon-like at times.
O: Great perfumey fragrant nose, solid berry flavor, decent mouthfeel.

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Photo of festizio
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikexw
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheHopsman
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OKbrew89
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kitch
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 375ml bottle, bottled on 19th January 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A hazy reddish colour with an orange hue and a one finger white head which fades quite quickly while leaving some sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Lightly tart blueberries amongst other berries, with hints of peach, apricot and mandarin.

Taste: Sour and tart berries with citrusy orange and lemon plus a hint of vanilla and oak. Finish is very sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I wasn’t really sure the vanilla flavour went to well here. I was surprised as I didn’t get this much vanilla in other Almanac sour barrel aged beers. Other than that though, I thought it was pretty tasty.

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Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy reddish purple in color. It poured with a collar of white bubbles around the edge of the glass and some wisps of lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour blueberries and blackberries are present in the nose along with some hints of citrus. As the beer warms up, the hop aromas become a little stronger and tropical fruits also become noticeable.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, starting off with sour flavors of blueberries and blackberries but notes of citrusy hops become noticeable in the finish, but are not present in the aftertaste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting wild ale. I liked how it still predominantly smelled and tasted like a sour beer and the hops only lended subtle complexities and did not overpower the sour.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

really cool beer here, a collaboration oaked sour beer with stillwater that has both blueberries and blackberries in it, and is dry hopped like mad. this is whats in vogue these days, and process intensive as it is, the beer has a sort of simple and very cohesive overall presentation, softly pink, carbonated like soda, and radiant in the globe. looks hibiscus colored, rose. aroma of sweet blueberries, red wine, new sweet oak, and a lot of floral and tropical hops, new school there and very southern hemisphere and juicy. the beer isnt super fruity in the flavor, the berries are fermented down rather dry, and a lot of the fruitiness that is here seems to come from wine barrels and hops, more lemon and orange and even tart cherry or cranberry than there is blueberry or blackberry, but the blueberry is still there of course. the beer tastes a little more simple than it sounds, with an almost invisible grain profile, the oak, and the sourness, which is kind of one dimensional and not nearly as developed or funky as i had hoped it would be. i think the fruit minimizes the wildness some, and the hops sure take over in the nose, juicy and fresh, but this isnt bretty really, at least not in a mature way. high carbonation is nice to cut the acidity and make it snappy, and the beer is very good overall. maybe only somewhat innovative these days, but drinkable as they go and fruity all over the place from many sources. i wont rush out to buy this one again, but i did enjoy it pretty well. almanac is getting a little samey on the yeast side of things lately, no matter what they do to the rest of the beer...

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A golden beer with little to no head, pretty sour and extremely tart. Heavy notes of raspberry and blackberry, no getting a whole lot of blue berry unfortunately I think the blackberries over powered them despite the name.

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Photo of birchstick
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atone315
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ambruns1979
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Blueberry Jack from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 43 ratings