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Golden Angel | Wicked Weed Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
wickedweedbrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American Sour ale, aged in red wine barrels with 2.5# of apricots per gallon for 10 months.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#728
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
235
pDev:
6.19%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
52
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of lebriarjr
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kdouble
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jpkand
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy goldenrod, with a juicy look and a light white head that fades somewhat quickly.

Overripe apricot funkiness with red wine coming through on the nose. Lots of fruitiness coming through.

Tastes tangy with an oaky funk that's tasty but not overwhelming. I expected to be hit by more after the nose. It does taste fruity. Tart Clementines and tart red cherries.

Pricky carbonation and an easy medium body make for a drinkable sour.

Great beer , I could drink it every week.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of loganburgh
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy burnt yellow with a fizzy white head settling quickly to a thin collar.

Smell is woody walnut shell funk, quite toasty oak and sesame with lemon-spritzed apricot. Apricot really blooms naturally with time, showcasing itself very well without being extremely fruity.

Toastiness in the aroma really translates strongly on the palate, with sour apricot and lemon. Less oak is here, with a somewhat yogurty swallow.

Light body. Medium airy froth. Semi-dry, tangy finish.

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Photo of Chadlossie
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruit, oak, bacteria and a ton of patience is the recipe for pleasure as the brewers at Wicked Weed fuse these seemingly ad hoc elements together in a seamless, well melded and masterful beer.

Pale gold and cast in a slight haze, the winey impressions of Golden Angel begins with a racy pour that streams like a slighlty frothy champagne at the onset of the pour. Settling like a goldenrod riesling, the piquant scent of sourness tightens the jaws and evokes the saliva glands with its first wafts of vinous fruit, stone fruit, faint funk, fauna and a peppery oak twinge. Scant sweetness glosses over the tongue with vague impressions of saltwater taffy, sourdough and fruit rollups.

Any early sweetness is soon cast aside in favor of premiere sourness. Apricot leads the pack with its peachy, orange-like and marmalade character. But a quick followup of green grape, crabapple, lime, lemon and grapefruit soon bring a strong contingent of white wine. Oak plays a soft and nutty tune on the finish while the vinous spices and an off-vinegar acidity pangs away at the modestly bitter finish.

Hay, straw and damp burlap return as the medium light bodied sour ale nears the finish. A short linger of brazen sourness strips the palate of any thirst and leaves the mouth refreshed and clean, even enamel stripping. Tethers of weathered oak, leather and dried apricot linger briefly onward.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sweemzander
3.72/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SadMachine
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elvisdoc
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerBucks
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of baklo
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grackos
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Damn...

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Photo of Vivs85
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NCMonte
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This 2017 version is in my opinion the best so far in the Golden Angels spectum. Great Apricot flavor with a very good background depth in the sour aspect. I will have to re-taste Cascade's Apricot to confirm, but this offering is right up there in this pantheon of Apricot Sours. Amazing.

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Photo of cp45
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leroybrown10
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Golden Angel from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 235 ratings