Canvas Series: Oaxacan | Wicked Weed Brewing

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tequila barrel-aged smoked sour ale with grapefruit and lime zest.

Added by Goatdavemac on 01-22-2016

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Ranking:
#5,085
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
57
pDev:
7.99%
 
 
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Photo of LarryMyers
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from Dragginballs76. 500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/19/2017. Pours fairly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart/sour lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, tequila, toasted oak, hay, straw, grass, agave, wheat, cracker, and bread; with lighter notes of wood smoke, oaken vanilla, leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, citrus zest, wine/tequila barrels, and wheat/cracker/light smoked malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, tequila, toasted oak, hay, straw, grass, agave, wheat, cracker, and bread; with lighter notes of wood smoke, oaken vanilla, leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, tequila/wine tang; and light yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/sour lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, tequila, toasted oak, hay, straw, grass, agave, wheat, cracker, bread, light smoke/leather/funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, citrus zest, wine/tequila barrels, and wheat/cracker/light smoked malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness and tangy wine/tequila balance; with minimal puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness and barrel tang/tannin. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.1%. Overall this is an awesome fruited sour/wild ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, citrus zest, wine/tequila barrels, and wheat/cracker/light smoked malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic drying finish, not overly lactic. Definitely not anywhere near as smokey as expected, but that's okay with me. Outstanding balanced Brett/Bacteria complexity, citrus vibrancy, wine/tequila barrel presence, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. A very enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque peachy gold/amber with a decent half finger of white soft foam that settles into the old ring and whisps pattern.

Nose is tart citrus initially... lime oil actually coming out ahead of the grapefruit. Bright funk lurks behind that. I'm not sure that anything explicitly communicates tequila (or any barrel for that matter) in my sniffer. Neither do I pick up much if any smoke (in fact I forgot about that part of it until I glanced at the label). As it warms I am forced to amend my previous statement in that there's a smoothing note that I can only describe as almost aloe-like that I accredit to the tequila barrels. A unique barrel inspiration for sure, and it works to give balance to the sharper acetic side of the funky base. Amendment number two comes as I near the very bottom of the glass and it has continued to warm... the smoke, previously absent, has finally come through with a subtle char character emerging. Still fleeting, but it is definitely there.

Big sour punch on the first sip, much more pronounced than the nose would suggest. Sharp funk and bright acidity lead things off, but there is depth and some interesting stuff in there. While I still don't really get much if any smoke, there's an interesting interplay between the sour, the citrus, and some smoothening sweetness that I can't quite nail down (but I suspect is related to the barrel). The culmination is pithy lime with a slight sweet grapefruit counter. It all works surprisingly well together.
Final tally as I reach the end of the glass: my main impressions are of the citrus and the funk, but it's all smoothed a bit with what must be the barrel, presenting a unique take on barrel aging (most barrels I've previously encountered were bourbon/oak, and there's none of those characteristics found here, obviously).

Tequila comes out more in the finish as the same aftertaste the tequila leaves me with like a margarita or something, mixed with that secretion thickening that highly sour wild ales leave me. Aggressive carbonation helps transition between everything going on here and the final finish is of the residual sour and an agave ooziness that's actually kind of pleasant.

Ultimately this is a really unique and interesting brew, unlike most other things I've tried. I was admittedly a little wary heading in, but it all comes together really well and is a fun voyage to try and untangle. Much thanks goes to @Dragginballs76 for sending this my way as part of NBS BIF #8. Thanks Mike!

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Photo of hophugger
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of informaticsDoc
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

wow, i loved all the beers i had here at wicked weed, so many interesting and inventive beers, many of them insanely sour like this one, but all so unconventional. this one is tequila barrel aged, smoked, and with some citrus zest, its incredible. maybe not as cocktail tasting as i thought it would be, but really amazing with the smoke, i think there is a synergy with smoke and bacterial sourness like this, its uncommon and compatible and complex, so much wood, fiery smoked malts, and a brightness from the acid and the lime and grapefruit zest, i cant believe how layered this is, from heavy to light to intense to mellow all in one glass. the tequila character is strong, dark, rich, and awesome, earthy but also i can still taste the agave. hints of lemongrass and oak, slight salted rim character with the fruit, it takes me there. the acid, like a lot of their beers, is stupidly high, preventing me from really being able to drink a whole lot of this, but even a few drops fills my whole palate and all my senses with this epic complexity. tequila barrels can be hit or miss for me, but this is so dialed in with the other elements. this canvas series has been super impressive in my experience. among the best and most exciting wicked weed beers i have ever had. enough about the buyout, they are still killing it!

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Photo of dsshuck
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TechTriumph
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason_cs
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of J-Rice
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jhfinn
3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Smakawhat
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Wicked Weed globe glass. Bottled December 18th 2015. Batch #663.

Barely a half finger with little retention of faint white colored head while pouring. Settles to a small but solid collar. Body color is a very nice glowing tangerine orange, mostly opaque but with some degree of glow and shine.

Aroma is a bit of an odd mix. Grassy smelling with funk aromas that hit a bit sweaty actually. Small sense of burnt wood and minimal fruit character. Kind of an "out there" smell which does get into some slightly fruity orange after some time. However the initial first whiffs are quite strong and unexpected.

Palate takes a much different turn. Sharp flavors of tangerine and orange citrus really wash on the mid palate. Grass and earth flavors with touches of smoke actually do make an appearance, with the smoke not so much as it seems real subtle. And almost salty gose like flavor with fruited orange and touches of really nice spirit warmth, and an almost tropical fruit punch quality.

A very unusual animal, but one that certainly gets better as you drink it.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber to copper with a bubbly ring.

Smell is black pepper or poblano, really both, with acetic peach.

Sour cherry and peach taste with a slight spice and medium mouthfeel.

The thing about sour beers listing specific fruits, a lot of times the culture changes the fruit sugars into something unlike their base flavors. That's okay, but I didn't get a lot of grapefruit and lime at all. I find it funny I didn't get any tequila, but got peppers, maybe from the 'smoke' element that is on the label. I don't see a lot of information on the internet about how this was done though.

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Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of djgustafson
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Canvas Series: Oaxacan from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 57 ratings