Red Angel
Wicked Weed Brewing

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #25
Ranked #349
4.46 | pDev: 6.05%
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Red AngelRed Angel
Notes: The first release of the series, Red Angel, is set for late March. As the name indicates, this vibrant, blood red sour ale received 1.5 pounds of fresh raspberries per gallon and was then carefully aged in red wine barrels for nine months. After this barrel-ageing period, the beer was blended onto another pound of raspberries per gallon totaling one ton of raspberries and eleven months of ageing.

We took inspiration from the clean side practices of dry-hoping IPA’s and added fresh fruit late in the aging process. The result is a full complexity of core fruit flavors with bright fruit character.
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4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a nice reddish amber color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has pleasant and generous raspberry and wine hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a very generous and well balanced raspberry and wine flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A great American Wild Ale

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VABA from Virginia, Oct 20, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby hued red with a thin pinkish head.
Smells of tart fresh raspberry.
Taste follows all raspberry up front, lemon like tartness, lingering jammy raspberry flavor.
Light, crisp body with good carb levels.
Overall a tasty sour, not quite as good as I had built it up to be but still great.

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3.85/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from bottle. Pours red with bright white head. Lots of raspberry on the aroma and some other berry and grape notes. Nice crisp tart mouthfeel with lots of raspberry on the flavor. Sour funk. Pretty well done sour.

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4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a wicked weed tulip glass. Thanks Kurt for this generous extra. 2.24.17 bottle date.

Pours a deep purple-raspberry color with a small pink head that reduces to nothing. Color is magnificent!

Aromas of strong raspberries comes though, very jammy and fruity. Aromas are potent and inviting, like freshly mashed raspberries.

On the tongue it's lightly tart with a burst of jammy raspberry flavor, like tossing a hand full of fresh raspberries in your mouth. Deliciously fruity and full of flavor, while maintaining an easy drinkability and balance of tartness, dryness and light sweetness. Medium-low carbonation.

This was excellent. A year in the bottle did it wonders.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Mar 13, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sparkling metallic red with a loud fizzy head that settles to a bubbly ring and thin spotty film with a slight pink hue.

Smell is bright and zippy fresh raspberry, almost exclusively, with a slight bit of tartness and touch of peppery oak, but raspberry absolutely owns the day, with an occasional gummy note.

Taste is quite tart and tangy sour raspberry, but very drinkable. A little seedy, there's a slight hint of oak and maybe a lactic acid feel, but again, not much but the raspberry pulls through, and it's fresh and delicious--just a clean, tart raspberry through and through with an effervescent, medium body and a semi-dry, crisp tingly finish.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Nov 04, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you like your sours light and crispy. It's got some good qualities especially in the nose. Doesn't have any yogurty qualities which I enjoy but at the same time no nasty yeasty off flavors here. Pretty clean just nothing really bold. Very reminiscent of charactre rouge. Just feels a bit watered down.

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4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smell: Raspberry jam funky musty oak red wine. Raspberry candy lemon juice.

Taste: right upfront your imideatly hit with tart raspberries and lemon juice middle of the mouth you get some funk musty grapes some of that candied jammy Raspberry in the finish you get dry oak and red wine notes with that tartness lingering in the finish.

Feel: light medium body it's slightly watery. Nice carbonation. With a dry wine like finish.

Overall: I'm a sucker for Raspberry sours so I knew I was probably going to like this. I do like this but I'm a little bit dissapointed and that comes from the body of the beer being light and watery. Was excpecting something World class and this is more in that A- range.

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Masonz223 from Michigan, May 17, 2017
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4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle acquired at the brewery. 20.00. Bottled 2/24/17. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a deep, hazy rose with about two fingers of quickly dissolving pink head. A small central island of surface retention lingers but there is almost no collar and zero lacing.

Smells of smashed raspberries, wine, wet oak and some earthy, soured, pale grains. The combination of huge, fresh raspberries with the barrel and light grain is simply wonderful.

Tastes of wine-soaked, tart raspberries, soured wheat, wet wood, earthy leather and berry Sour Patch Kids. Sweet, sour and full of raspberries, it is so delicious and easy drinking that I have to make a concerted effort to savor rather than gulp.

Medium light body with plenty of tingly carbonation. The sour wine infused raspberries continue to be prominent in the finish.

Wicked Weed maintains their reputation in my book. Red Angel is a brilliant raspberry sour that delivers on every level. I'm very glad that I happened to visit Asheville at the right time to harvest some of this nectar.

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4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark ruby hues with a light pink/white foamy head
S: Bright raspberries and a hint of funk
T: Red raspberry preserves upfront that evolves into a hint of cranberry tartness and dark cherries
F: Medium bodied and a bubbly effervescence
O: Incredibly jammy sour - easily one of my favorites of the Angel series. My only complaint is I wish it had a bit more funk, but this is simply delicious.

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Fireman_RK from North Carolina, Apr 04, 2017
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4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not the funkiest or most complex sour, but the fruit is fantastic. Great tartness complimenting the jammy flavors, awesome color, very good American Wild Ale.

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JMUbrewz from Virginia, Apr 02, 2017
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4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Lush ruby red with white lacing. Fantastic red wine barrel applied to lush and super flavorful raspberry, powerfully sour, fruity, and tart, but has subtle nuances with funk and wood especially in the second half of the sip. Smell is boozy raspberry and sangria, pure and sour. Feel is extremely tart, sour, with some acidity, very cool and smooth, but could use a touch more complexity

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REVZEB from Illinois, Dec 29, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrived a deep red appearance with a scant, near white layer of froth. Very slim coating of lacing.

Smell: A scent packed with them berries, and one, thankfully, that is alive with its inherent fruitiness without leeching in any of those often and unwelcome medicinal notes.

Taste: Raspberries and a crackling, pucker-inducing tartness threaded with the vinous red wine fruitiness. Very small hint of barrel. Cleanly funky. Longly tart, juicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: I liked this one plenty. While, sure, it didn't display the widest range of complexities, what was there was pretty damn tasty.

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4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The 2016 version is better than the 15'. More raspberries this year brings a more vibrant red color and smell of fresh picked raspberries right from the bush. The taste is excellent, a mouth full of berries with just enough tartness to make this a must have in the cellar.

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aspapp from North Carolina, Mar 30, 2016
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4.87/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 red angel opening day. Served in a wine glass. Thick head. Has a bright red color. Strong cherry and raspberry smell. Very sour with a raspberry soda taste. Funky.

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PHarm from Georgia, Mar 26, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damn, that's a lot of raspberry. It's big and clean raspeberry — I can smell the seeds — with mild oak barrel funk rounding out the aroma and flavor. It's not as sour as the legit Belgian framboise lambics (not that it needs to be). The real shame is how limited this is for such a drinkable sour.

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tempest from New York, Mar 17, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crimson copper body with a quarter inch of pinkish head. Funky raspberry aroma. Tart berries with additional notes of vanilla and oak. Medium tartness with pleasant brett and lacto character. Tasty.

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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia, Jan 17, 2016
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4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wicked Weed came through for me! I loved both White and Red Angel. Red Angel had great red wine taste to it with a great sour feel, taste, and smell..

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Keananmichael5 from California, Sep 29, 2015
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4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives cloudy and cranberry coloredwith capped by a thick head of somewhat pink foam; strands of lace

Smell: Raspberry juice undertones emerge from the tart and funky aromatics

Taste: The raspberry flavors build among the funk and tart elements, with the sourness growing, as well, through the middle; after the swallow, the funky fruit flavor is intense but the finish is quite dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I as a sucker for a tart raspberry beer and this is one of the better ones I have tasted

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brentk56 from North Carolina, May 19, 2015
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4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful beer. Aquire a bottle dated 2.27.15 via a March madness pool. Poured into a dogfish head IPA glass (I just moved, spare me the proper glassware ridicule!)

Look: Liittle to no head that dissapates rapidly. Then leaves a beautiful clean crimson/raspberry red. Very clean with no sediments.

Smell: Raspberry with that wild sour funk going on.

Taste: It's super raspberry, but in the best way. You know that's the fruit they based this beer off of but it's not overly sweet at all. Perfect amount of pucker to make it very drinkable, but I enjoy my beers on the more sour side. Got the mouth watering just right.

Feel: Not too thin, just rite, fills your mouth but doesn't totally coat it.

Overall: Just and outstanding beer, if you enjoy wild ales seek this gem out. I'd say it's probably the best sour style beer I've had. Beats my previous favorite of the New Glarus Wild Ale, just because it mixes the raspberry in so damn well.

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Gerberr from Minnesota, May 17, 2015
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4.98/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

By far the most impressive wild ale I've come across. The natural raspberry smell and taste has a nice sweet yet slight tart note that goes well with the funk. The strongest and best part of the beer is the organic fruit glavor. While the beer might resemble a lambic, it is not as sugary and the beer benefits from it. Let me put it this way : If you love sours, get it.

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4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was fantastic. Punch you in the face with raspberries. Just exploding with flavor with a nice tart sour kick. Reminds me a lot of atrail, however this had a thinker mouthfeel which I enjoyed more the Atrail. Either way seek this one out.

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Thedrizzle from Florida, Apr 19, 2015
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4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted once on draft at the bottle release, twice from the bottles two weeks and three weeks after release.

L: beautiful raspberry red, like the blood moon.

S: faint but distinct berry smell, red wine smell, and funk.

T: sharp yet refreshing. The berry sweet plus the biting sour on the tongue.

F: Man... that sour bite just wouldn't away would it? (my mouth is watering right just thinking about it, 6 days after my last sips)

O: The Angel series so far has been really impressive... That Gold Angel!!! Very much looking forward to it

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MalibuKenny from North Carolina, Apr 13, 2015
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3.8/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared 500ml bottle dated Feb. 27 of this year (2015).
Raspberry based sour aroma and flavor. Nice level of tartness.
Light, lively body with moderate-high carbonation.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Apr 05, 2015
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4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A gorgeous looking sour ale, definitely looks like raspberries aged in red wine barrels with a nice looking foamy white head. This beer drinks beautifully; a super smooth super delicious sour. You taste all the fruits as well as the bitterness added from the red wine, as well as some tartness, but this beer is definitely not overly tart. Goes down easy and leaves you wanting more. The best sour I've tried.

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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina, Apr 04, 2015
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5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! What an incredible beer! Had it on tap five times at the Funkatorium, mostly poured into a wine glass (3x), but one time in a snifter and another time in the Red Angel glass, which is sort of like a really big, slightly rounder teku.

L: Bright red with a quickly-fading thick pinkish head.
S: Raspberries. Lots of Raspberries.
T: More of the same with a nice, clean sour and a slight touch of funk. The sourness reminded me a bit of Crooked Stave sours. I think they have a very particular flavor, and Red Angel was somewhat similar.
F: Surprisingly thick for a sour. Silky mouthfeel.
O: Pretty much a perfect raspberry sour.

What a treat. I can't wait for the other Angel releases.

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NealBuck from Virginia, Mar 31, 2015
Red Angel from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 304 ratings