Strange Roots Experimental Ales

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,133
Ranked #13,288
3.98 | pDev: 9.05%
Strange Roots Experimental Ales
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: The name "Relic" refers to the yeast fermenting this beer, discovered in a 400 year old chest. Other ingredients: Red Cracked Wheat, Water, Malt, Hops.

ABV varies from batch to batch.
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Photo of REVZEB
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost like a pale ale became a wild ale, because the malts taste pale, but the sour oak, bright orchard fruit, especially apple and pear, some citrus zest, funk, brett, and hay all speak to the wild ale it is. Nothing too intense, as you finish the glass it gets a little bland but solid. Smell leads more toward the fruit, but funk is more underlying, plenty of oak and brett too. Has cracker like breadiness in the middle of it all. Feel has brett textures, sour oak and sneaky breadiness

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

lots to like about this mature and unique old world style brew. its a little bit full of sediment in the glass, at least towards the bottom of the bottle, pale and hazy and somewhat thick looking for what it is, despite its bright yellow hue, but under a high rising white head that gives it some life and visual contrast, and with a really cool aroma from the unique yeast strain used to ferment it. apparently it was harvested from some old french furniture, pretty one of a kind! its funky, saison-esque, bretty, but nuanced in a cool way, peppery, vinous, fruity like pears, orange peel, and lychee, and has some interested gummy esters to it, although this is a far cry from high tone belgian on the yeast side, more rustic and farmy, subtle in cool ways. i like the use of a heritage sort of grain profile too, red wheat from what i understand, full of protein and heft in the feel, and with a cool earthiness and harvest vibe in the flavor. its simple in makeup, but complex in flavor, i love beer like this, and while its a little dusty, tired, even cheesy in the nose, its refined and interesting in execution and as much a learning experience as anything else. id love to know more about this yeast, try other beers with it, and really see how much of the flavor here is contributed by it. a fun beer to be sure, i dont know why these guys had to rebrand, its beers like this that turn me on the most. conceptually fascinating and nicely put together. even with some age on it its still quite active and jovial feeling. not overly weird, just really cool.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip at the brewery
A: Hazy yellow with a thin head
S: Lemon, sour, yeast, funk. Tough to put my finger on specific notes
T: Matches the nose. Tasty, funky, some lemon but otherwise tough to pinpoint
M: Light-bodied, sour
O: Unique and tasty

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Photo of puck1225
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had to bring this Pittsburgh beer home to Texas from a trip to California. Glad I did. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Initially a clear light yellow, but upon swirling, poured a cloudy yellow. Good head and lacing. Clean sour fruit smell. Very interesting taste of earth, wood, grapefruit, and a bit of sour berries. The beer maintained a refreshing crispness and was not overly tart. Very nice!

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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color capped thinly by a head that dashes away to a ringlet; some spots of lacing

Smell: Musty, with citrus, tropical fruit and apple tones

Taste: Lactic sour fruit tones of citrus (lemon and grapefruit) and, to a lesser extent, apple and tropical (papaya); must and oak flavors, after the swallow, but the finish is fruity

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Pretty darn nice beer; not a sour that will clobber you but one that has some very subtle tones

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Photo of drtth
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Corsendonk goblet a bright golden color with a 1/4" white head and a steady stream of carbonation from the nucleation point. The head soon recedes to a thin island of foam and a ring around the glass. There are a few scattered small patches of lacing but those created by sipping mostly slide back down to the liquid.

The dominant aromas are very musty, almost woody, with some citrus and a touch of white pepper in the background.

The flavors are reversed from the nose in that they include citric lemon-lime tartness, with a bit of light sweetness, a bit of an earthy, musty note, and little or no bitterness.

The mouth feel is on the full side of light bodied and slightly crisp with the persistent carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the tartness recedes a bit allowing the sweetness a bit of time on center stage. The sweetness then disappears and the tartness moves to the back of the palate and then disappears in a dry but still citric finish.

Overall this is a nice, light refreshing beer that seems fairly complex with a nice blending of citric tartness backed up with a bit of musty, funky character from the yeast. I expect I'll probably be trying it again but with a bit more bottle age to see if the musty flavor becomes stronger than the citric.

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Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good solid retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pear, guava, papaya, mango, melon, pepper, hay, straw, light leather/musty funk, wheat, cracker, white bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/funky yeast and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pear, guava, papaya, mango, melon, pepper, hay, straw, light leather/musty funk, wheat, cracker, white bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate fruity/acidic tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, guava, papaya, mango, pepper, hay, straw, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from acidity/spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, fairly acidic, and lightly grainy balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.3%. Overall this is a great Brett wild ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of emerge077
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale pastel yellow, light haze, lasting surface skim and minimal lacing.
Aroma is a touch sulfuric, as it warms theres a distinct woody sandalwood note.
Tart with a mild drying bitterness in the finish, earthy note, lemon zest.
Funky Brett note comes out as it warms. Light and easy drinking.
Unique and interesting concept.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.93/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy gold, no head & moderate carbonation. Aroma was has some must & farmhouse funk, but there is a vinegar aroma that is pretty heavy & off-putting. The taste fares better, the base beer is a solid medium malt with notes of hay & wafer. The funk / sour / tart level isn't insane, but doesn't tilt it in a good or bad direction. It's just some mild lacto flavor. Draai Laag is usually pretty solid with their tart / sour beers, but this one missed the mark ever so slightly.

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Relic from Strange Roots Experimental Ales
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 44 ratings