Harvesta | Strange Roots Experimental Ales

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Strange Roots Experimental Ales
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spontaneously fermented ale made with Appalachain malts and fermented with locally grown Gold Rush Apples

Added by Britt on 05-09-2018

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

my first beer under the strange roots label after the name change, and its really impressive, mostly because of its uniqueness and brilliant incorporation of the apples. the base beer, as a spontaneous wild one, is mighty interesting, not overly sour, mature though, and with a cool understated brett profile, seems sort of earthy and autumnal even before the apples are included, so really a pretty ideal base for this, even though it doesnt hold much head in the glass and it seems just a tad less carbonated than i want it to be. the coolest part of this is how its still beer well before its cider, yet the apple character is super prominent in it. its got a late onset fruit wine sharpness that comes in giving it the cider vibe, but i get get juicy fleshy tart apple juice on its own too, and with the funky yeast its just great! a hint of champagne flavor to this, a little bit of acidity there too, and some mild apple sweetness through the finish. the abv sneaked up on me a little bit, i really didnt expect it to be so strong, it drinks easy for what it is. lots of fruit rushing to the finish, a rather intense flavor but it comes together really well. id love to know a bit more detail about the yeast and the overall process here, as this stands out to be as one of a kind, i liked this a lot!

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle

Pours hazy golden. No head retention.

Smells of citrus and tart apples. Some grassy malt.

Hints of cereal malt underscore a flavor of tart grape and citrus and a potent green apple cider crispness. Pronounced apple aftertaste.

Light to medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

This beer is really a hybrid of wild ale and cider. Lots of tart apple flavor and even then hints of wine intermix with a really clean grain bill. That makes this hard to grade as a beer because it really doesn't taste like beer, but it's pretty great for what it is: a sour wine-like ciderbeer. Pretty unique and worth trying if that sounds appealing. Drinks deceptively fast for the abv.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harvesta from Strange Roots Experimental Ales
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 4 ratings