Tickle Me Ale-Mo | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A red ale brewed with acidulated malt, lactobacillus, and French oak staves.

Added by Etan on 04-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 15
Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Bronx Ale House, Bronx, NY

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving only a small patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of yeast and fruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste is a little fruity and has slight hints of sourness and oak.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is easy to drink for the style but doesn't offer much in the way of sourness but has some interesting flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

There's always something about sour ales that tickle the back of the throat in that unsettled way that you usually lie about enjoying. Well, The maddening brewers at Against the Grain pulls the plug on the elephant in the room and makes us all acknowledge that guilty sensation with a beer that calls attention to such tactile delights.

Tickle Me Ale-mo pours with a thin cola-like appearance- russet brown with redish highlights, the beer casts aside any would-be foam for an absolutely dead head and no lace. Somewhat Oude Buin in its color but unblended lambic in its stillness.

Sweaty aromas wrap around the tart fruit notes of white wine must, apple cider, sharp vinegar, freshly sliced limes and a kiss of toasted barley. Earthy late aromas seem of parmesan cheese, hay and sea air.

And its that melange of apple cider vinegar and toast that frame the beer's early taste: sour with the taste of crab apples, under ripened berries and lemon; its the supple toasty malts that keeps the beer from absolute sourness and balances it to a short extent. Briny salt, earthen baled hay and apple skins finish the semi-spicy taste before an aftertaste of wheat bread and tangy limes frame the sour ale's final impressions.

Both sour and watering, the mouth sensations are sharp with high acidity, grape seed astringency and grain-like peppery prickle. Warm to the throat, the beer concludes with a palate-stripping cleansing after a somewhat thin middle.

Tickle Me Ale-mo is a tantalizing sour ale that's easy for those that yearn for those guilty pleasures in sour but cannot overcome the more dry and complex versions. Where the full cast of flavors may be too much, the ale might be the equivalent to Sesame Street light.

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Photo of Etan
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Hopleaf.

A: Pours a beautiful copper-ruby with a small white head.

S: Smells of light tart cherry, some lactic acidity, caramel malt, some mild yet pleasant oak notes.

T: Taste brings mild lactic acidity, tart cranberry-like fruitiness, light smokiness, bready malt and a bit of drying oak in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with active carbonation.

O: A nice mildly tart red ale. Very drinkable.

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Photo of weonfire
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed this on tap at Against the Grain in Louisville, KY in a 4 oz sample glass.

A - Thin red/brown, zero lacing, zero head.

S - Woody, tart cherry, cranberry

T - initial: wood, raspberry, tart cherry, boozy. finish: sourness (7/10)

M - light body, thin/med feel,

O - average representation of style at best. too thin, real light, oakiness almost tasted like dirt. i was not impressed with this.

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Tickle Me Ale-Mo from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
3.61 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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