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American Wild Ale
Ranked #480
Ranked #4,113
4.15 | pDev: 7.95%
Notes: Raspberry Crème Brûlée sour ale brewed with lactose sugar with raspberries and vanilla added
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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I can only describe this as a good gimmicky beer. It’s a sour, and it tastes good, it’s not over the top, it’s somewhat approachable, gotta pinkish straw color going on with a quickly fizzling white head. Sour notes of raspberry, flora yeast tang on the Nose and tongue with an added dimension of smooth cream which carries over to the umami thanks to the lactose. Overall pretty good if you like this hipster shit.

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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank at CoolaBoola CoLAB.

A: Body is reddish, dark and head is pink.
S: Aroma is very big on raspberries and some kind of "eggy" tone to it due to the fact that it might have some relationship with the creme brulè.
T: It starts with a very sweet tone from the sugary contents here, then moves to a bitter tone where the raspberry shines and finishes off with a light sour tone.
M: Body is medium low. Carbonation is good. Alcohol is unnoticeable. Sourness is mild.
O: It's not incredible but it's an interesting beer.

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4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy raspberry color with a foamy white and raspberry tinted head that disappears quickly. Aroma of raspberry. Taste is tart, tangy raspberry with a touch of vanilla. Good mouth feel.

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dd53grif from Michigan, Aug 24, 2019
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4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This looks like the galaxy's greatest brewmaster alien cooked up a funky, fruity one for us all. Absolutely delicious! Beautiful color and foam, lovely smell, and awesome feel. Enjoy!

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shigg85 from Japan, Jun 29, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It must be New Odds & Sods Beer Sunday (Week 746) as I am delving deep into the backlog, pulling out bottles & especially CANs for The CANQuest (tm) & really getting at them! Once the day ends, you will be able to look back at the progression & see that there was actually method to the madness. In the interim, just hang on, it's a wild ride!

From the CAN: "Raspberry Crème Brûlée sour ale brewed with lactose sugar with raspberries and vanilla added".

The Crack! unleashed a pungent odor like raw sewage was being discharged in the vicinity! 8=O I am so glad that I had the foresight to take my GIRD pill this morning. I decided that, with all of the various adjuncts, an inverted C-Line Glug was in order. Once it was underway & the head was beginning to form, I realized that the CHT Room was right in front of me! It was like when we were in France & a bunch of us went out to a working farm on an invite. They brought us some of the foulest, stinkiest cheeses imaginable, but just like something else, once you got past the smell, you had it licked! I hope that this beer tastes better than it smells! It rose to quickly & briefly form two fingers of fizzy, foamy, rocky, pinkish head that resembled freshly-spun cotton CANdy before it exhaled & fell away to wisps. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Pinkish-Amber (SRM = N/A). It resembled pink lemonade. Nose was quite tart with its redolent raspberry presence and the stench had died down. 8=) Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was less sour than tart and it reminded me of liquefied fresh picked red raspberries from my late-paternal grandmother's garden, put in a bowl over a sponge cake cup & smothered in fresh cream!

That was what my Summers were like as a kid. She grew raspberries on one side of here postage stamp-sized backyard and the most beautiful, succulent roses on the other side. The garden buzzed with bees, but we learned not to be (too) afraid of them.

This was quite tart, but even that was held in check by the easily identifiable presence of the vanilla. Dang, but this was tasty! Finish was dry and tart but not overwhelmingly so. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Jun 09, 2019
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2.95/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

More fruit juice than anything else, this is sweet, bright, and refreshing, but lacks any beer flavor at all. We love raspberries, but we also love beer, so we couldn't rate it any higher.

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4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Trippy design, maaaan...

Deep, cloudy, red strawberry color and a cap of suds. Smell is tart apple cider. The creamy lactose helps mellow out the ripe fruits that dominate the beer's taste: strawberry, raspberry, apple. Smooth feel, decent amount of ABV for a sour


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jimmah120 from Minnesota, May 28, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy raspberry color with a frothy white and raspberry tinted head. The head soon dissipates.
Not surprisingly, aromas of raspberry dominate the nose, along with complimentary notes of citrus, lime and vanilla. There is even a touch of dank and herbal hops aroma.
As expected, the taste is tart, yet quite accessible and not too mouth puckering. The raspberry flavors are not overdone, instead they provide a backbone that yields a muted fruity sweetness. Additional flavors of gooseberry, green apple, lime, grapefruit , cherry, vanilla and cream. There is even a light hops spice and peppery yeast flavors.
Medium bodied with a nice fullness to it. The finish is dry with a light mouth puckering quality. It is both crisp and smooth, even slightly creamy.
Very tasty and refreshing sour!

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Gajo74 from New York, Apr 24, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Raspberry creme créme brulee sour. Really! Who came up with such an idea? Ok, let's pour.
Out of a trippy colored can into my Spiegelau barrel aged glass
Looks like a kriek only really ruby red with a fine relatively stable pink head
Aroma is raspberry and a good one, not artificial, mainly; maybe some underlying caramel?
rather tart than sour, raspberry clearly, some sweetness obviously from the added lactose. but where is the creme brule? Maybe in the sweetness. Some caramel here as well.
not too thin and spritzy makes this a summer time beer
Surprisingly this works. I find the choice of putting creme brulee in the description odd but there is just a note of caramel sweetness that balances the sour and this is really well done.

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safaricook from Netherlands, Apr 20, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Foggy starburst red with a tall, light pastel pink foam that quickly dies to a fuzzy, lumpy collar.

Smell from afar immediately recalls cotton candy and cereal marshmallows with hints of raspberry gummy.

Taste is more sour raspberry with hints of a green grassy weedy character, and even a hint of acidically bitter aspirin, which isn't dominating but is indeed there.

The light body is almost watery if not for a light carbonation, finishing semi-dry.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Mar 22, 2019
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3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. No apparent code dating. Appearance: Strawberry red, cloudy, with a light pinkish white foam head.
Aroma: Raspberries, lime, lactic acid
Taste: Light berry sweetness upfront, more strawberry like than raspberry, building to a sharp citrus like acidity with minimal bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, on the borderline of being thin, with high carbonation.
Finish: Strong lingering berry and citrus tartness. Raspberry really only distinct retronasally
Overall: I don’t pick up the creme brûlée’s character in this beer, but it is a really nice and refreshing sour. The berry tartness plays well with the acidity of the beer, with a touch of citrus contrast

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TH28 from Florida, Feb 16, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml can with a best before date of 22nd October 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A deep ruby purple colour with a one finger pinkish purple head that had decent retention and left some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Lightly tart and sweet, raspberry, jammy, vanilla.

Taste: Tart, sour, raspberry, creamy vanilla, cranberry with a lightly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.

Overall: Reminds me of Magic #4:21 Raspberry Smoothie IPA. Nice aromas and flavours and just so easy to drink.

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kitch from Hong Kong, Feb 15, 2019
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4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: I see a hazy, pink brew in my clear glass. A fairly uniform coloration, lighter on the sides, darker in the middle. A truly beautiful looking sour.

S: Acidic and fruity on the nose, pungent in the best way. Smells like fresh raspberries, but one also catches the faintest whiff of warm, creamy crème brûlée and lactose. I wouldn’t have figured that out without reading the can in all honesty, it is very complex. You can tell how tart it really is in your nostrils.

T: Wow, the flavors. An immediate hit of acidity that dies off fast. You are then hit in the face with raspberries; however, this beer is not overly sweet. The taste is honest, and as somebody who lacks a sweet tooth, it still satisfied. Then the palate finishes off slowly. The tart acidity returns along with a more intense sweetness, likely originating from the lactose sugar it’s brewed with.

F: Comes across the tongue as... fizzy? It is odd at first, but grew on me almost immediately. A slippery mouthfeel, but has a thicker viscosity than other sours. Goes down the hatch with ease. It definitely lubricates your mouth, and would be endlessly refreshing on a warm summer day!

O: Wow. I underestimated this beer, likely due to the odd description. It is quite drinkable, perhaps even sessionable in sweltering heat. I enjoyed it on a frigid winter night and it made my apartment feel tropical. Big ups to Omnipollo from a Minnesota craft beer drinker. An experience I likely won’t forget.

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JMerk from Minnesota, Jan 25, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, reddish purple with soft, pink foam.

Smell is sweet and tart with notes of chantilly cream, caramel, raspberries and strawberry jam.

Taste is creamy and sweet and sour, with notes of strawberries, raspberries, caramel and citrus with just a touch of vanilla and lemongrass.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very interesting dessert beer. Love Omnipollo when they get weird like this.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Jan 08, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a tulip. Bottom of the can says OMPLER 2-AH 4049, whatever the hell that means.

Pours a hazy pinkish/purple with a medium sized head. Taste is tart and fruity, raspberries and the white stuff in pomegranates. A little bit of funk.

Taste is quite tart, with a little bit of a milkshake characteristic, raspberry comes across clearly.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick, fairly still. Overall, interesting, tasty, and easy to drink.

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snaotheus from Washington, Nov 22, 2018
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4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep radiant red.

Nose is sharp with raspberry and vanilla, which mimics the palate as well.

Just tart enough with a vanilla lactose finish. Raspberry lingers nicely.

One of my favorites from 2018 so far. Well worth it and a definite home run.

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GWSwipe from New Jersey, Oct 21, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottom of can reads
This is an old can, so this may turn into a science experiment.

The pour is a nice crimson pink color, small amounts of white head and no residual lace. It did pour, however, with some floaters, which I assume to be some of the settled lactose.

Really good nose of tart raspberries and vanilla, nailed that sort of of crème brûlée base flavor. Really good balance of tart, sweet, and creamy.

More of the same in the flavors. Very much on par with the nose, just with a bit more of a sour punch. Raspberry, vanilla, light acidity, and a tart finish.

Light, hardly any acidity. Sharp carbonation, crisp but with a milkiness that lingers nicely.

All in all, although I haven’t had this fresh, I wasn’t tasting, feeling, seeing (aside from the floaters), or smelling anything off about this beer. Cheers!

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Oct 02, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From can. Purple color with pink head. Aroma has mostly raspberry puree, slightly fermented with a light alcohol note. Taste is quite sour, really fruity with raspberry preserve flavor. Medium to light body with medium carbonation. Dry finish with lingering sourness. 4.1/5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Yellow Session. Pink color. Aroma has raspberry jam, complete with seeds, really fruity. Taste is sweet and tart, dry, really fruity, well balanced. 4.3/5

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Ciocanelu from Romania, May 23, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pink color. 1/4 inch head of an off-pink color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, slight pale malt, hint of citrus hops, bacterial funk, lactose, and slight rose. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is an elevated dryness. Tastes of strong floral hops, slight pale malt, hint of citrus hops, bacterial funk, lactose, and slight rose. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Tone from Missouri, Apr 18, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is raspberries and mild vanilla sweetness. The flavor is raspberries, fruit, malts, mild vanilla and a long and tart/medium sweet/slightly dry finish.

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jzlyo from Iowa, Apr 08, 2018
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3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to bl00 for this one from NBS BIF #007. 12oz can poured into 10oz fluted tulip. Poured a dark pink color with over an inch of light pink head that good retention and no lacing.

The aroma was raspberry forward, without any of the cream or vanilla mentioned on the can.

Very similar on the tongue, nice berry, and good tartness. No vanilla though.

The body was light, crisp, and finished dry.

Drinkability was good, I could knock back a few of these. Overall, I'm a big fan of raspberry, so I'm inclined to like this brew upfront. if the vanilla had shown through, this beer would have scored higher. Worth trying if you see it.

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beertunes from Montenegro, Apr 07, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This lived up to its billing as interesting, and of my limited forays into sours (I’m more of a dark n’ boozy drinker) this was a pleasant experience. Looks like a wine spritzer, pink and bubbly. Tart raspberry predominated, I really didn’t get much vanilla. Lactose contributes to a creamy mouthfeel. Overall, think beer with some wine spritzer DNA.

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bshefftz from California, Apr 07, 2018
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4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has this really interesting like burgundy color with a small but very white head. I could really pick up on the raspberry and vanilla when smelling before tasting. A real treat for the pallet, because all of those flavors really come through; tart raspberry is very sour but really tamed by the lactose and vanilla added. As a fan of sours, I think it's a good result for an interesting idea. Will absolutely buy it again. I would also say that it's probably a good sour to try for someone who maybe isn't typically into the style or who maybe haven't had one before. These guys always have cool packaging too

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MekanikSeth from Missouri, Mar 10, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Poured out a cloudy, reddish-pink color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of raspberry, sugar and vanilla. Sweet raspberry flavor with a tart bite. Vanilla smooths it all out.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Mar 05, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass; no can dating, but is a recent release. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy ruby reddish orange/purple color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of bit juicy/tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, grapefruit, green apple, white grape, hay, straw, herbal, grass, vanilla, cream, wheat, and bread; with light notes of pepper, musty/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, raspberries, vanilla, lactose, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, grapefruit, green apple, white grape, hay, straw, herbal, grass, vanilla, cream, wheat, and bread; with light notes of pepper, musty/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang; light herbal bitterness, and yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, grapefruit, green apple, white grape, hay, straw, herbal, grass, vanilla, cream, wheat, bread, light pepper/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, raspberries, vanilla, lactose, and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tartness and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and fairly acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited sour ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, raspberries, vanilla, lactose, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mellowly lactic/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Amazing authentic jammy raspberry presence with balanced Lacto complexity; and nice malty/lactose backbone. Never overly acidic or sweet either way, making this super drinkable. A highly enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Jan 27, 2018
Pleroma from Omnipollo
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