Marina | 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): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American blonde sour ale fermented with peaches and apricots (1-pound per gallon) in wine barrels.

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pDev:
6.49%
 
 
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Photo of Parmesan
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a small white head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Strong note of fuzzy fresh peach, mixes with some apricots, tart and acidic.

T: Fresh fuzzy peach, a tart apricot, followed by some acid and tartness, a bit of grain at the end. Quite pleasant.

F: Prickly carbonation, medium body.

O: Not earth shattering but this is a solid sour.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Hazy peach. Big frothy head on the pour.
smell: Relatively gentle tart funk.
taste: more sass than the nose. some mostly dry tart with a little malt up front and a smack of sour going out.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pale orange body, bright and clear, short minimal head, fading to nothing. No lacing.

S - Strong acid, lactic, with an underlying hit of grass and farmyard.

T - The acid is in front, peach and apricot come through primarily as fruity highlights, with wood hints. A bit of tartness on the back-end.

M - Superb sharp feel, brisk on the tongue, with a trailing tartness in the close.

O - Beautiful, tasty sour ale. Superb.

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Photo of chinchill
2.62/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From a bottle at the 2018 ATL Winter Beer Festival.
Fine creamy tan head over a near black body.
Dark roasted grain aroma hints at some burnt grains. The flavor confirms this but also provides ample dark chocolate notes.
Very tart and funky aroma that's off putting.
Highly tart but some nice fruit notes make this tastes a little better than it smells. Still, too funky and very sour.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Garr's Beer 20 oz. glass. Bottle was bought at the brewery today.

A: A cloudy, somewhat pale orange color with a finger of head, significant retention, and lingering head. I don't know if I've seen a more beautiful beer.

S: The apricots and peaches take a small backseat to the funk. A bit of cotton candy in there too. This is a sour beer. The funk will be in charge.

T: Sour, sour. The peaches and apricots are there. The more this lingers in your mouth, the more pronounced the fruits become. The taste itself isn't that exceptional.

M: This is one of the freshest, most heavily carbonated, smoothest drinking beers I've ever had. Perfect.

If only it could draw the taste off the sour a bit more toward the fruit, and everything else mirror the look and feel, Marina would be the perfect warm weather beer.

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Photo of JFresh21
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable but needs way more fruit, almost no peach or apricot flavor. At the high price I wouldn't buy again unless they amped up the fruit big time.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sparkling, slightly foggy gold with a fizzy white head that settles to a thin blanket.

Smell is spicy, bright okay funk with popping, underripe peach and apricot and hints of mixed berries. If not for a little aged gouda, it'd almost come off as champagne.

Taste is quite tart, starting with mixed berries and faintly hinting at the listed apricot and peaches. There's a little white wine vinegar, white grape and Sweet Tarts that follow up.

Lightly frothy, tart and sour, with a semi-dry finish--it's not as wild as I'd like, nor is it as peach or apricot forward, so obviously it's no where near Fou levels, but is enjoyably drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wicked Weed Brewing "Marina"
500 ml. brown glass bottle. "DATE BOTTLED: 01.27.17" and sampled on 06.16.17
$20.00 @ Capone's Restaurant / Bottle Shop, Norristown, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: I can see the sediment at the base of the bottle, and with a little luck I'll be able to pour it without disturbing the lees. Perfect! I was able to get a solid pint of it without any real yeast, although it's still a hazy gold in color beneath a short head of bright white. The aroma is fruity, tart, and funky. It smells more like apricot than peach to me, although I guess I'm finding some. The flavor follows with less distinct fruit, but again I'm finding more apricot. Maybe that's because of the tartness, or what the tartness suggests. It's surprisingly clean in the flavor given the funkiness of the aroma which reminded me of leather, straw, and damp basement. It's a little vinous and oaky. Let me pour in some of the sediment and see what that does. I should also note at this point that it's left some very nice, creamy lacing behind and that the head still has a solid surface covering, although thin in spots ~ for a sour ale that's impressive. The pour didn't seem to do much, and in fact I can still see the sediment at the base of the bottle. It's a little more chalky and mineralish but that's it. It's light-medium in body and remarkably smooth with a very fine-bubbled, seemingly natural, moderate carbonation. Silky, I'd say, balancing the bite of the acidity. Very little bitterness, although none is needed as it finishes dry, acidic, and oaky as is. As I progress through the glass I seem to be finding more peach, which is interesting, although our senses are always adapting and looking for new things. I'm impressed. I wasn't sure how much of the hype behind Wicked Weed was truly legitimate, but based on this beer and the one other IPA I've had I'd say it's all completely deserved. And although I originally balked a little bit at the price, I now see it as worthy. If this had come from Belgium I'd certainly be paying the same price, and this is much fresher than I'd probably have gotten ~ the fruit character might not have been as bright.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Marina is a blonde sour ale aged in wine barrels with over one pound per gallon of peaches and apricots. The result is a delicate, hazy-gold ale with deep stone fruit character." Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale, available in 500ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy, off-white head over a medium hazy straw yellow body with varied clouding sediment and moderate carbonation. Retention is average and there is no visible lacing. 3.25

(Smell) Pale and unmalted wheat body with a moderate body, juicy fruit character of peach and apricot flesh, a souring impact, generating a moderate acidity and a earthy funk. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) A significantly increased sourness forward, very sharp, vibrant and moderately drying, with moderate notes of peach and apricot generating some unique flavor compounds. The malt body and fruit impact is largely fermented out, resulting in a very dry beer with a bubbly effervescence and a softly vinous fruit addition, very much like a dry wine or champagne. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, chalky, very dry. Carbonation is strong, generating a medium frothiness and a briskly crisp finish. Balance is moderately acidic and drying over sweet. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) What is a promising and very appealing beer concept for me turned out to not hold its flavor profile too favorably in the long run. The apricot and peach character remains subtly, although the residual sweetness of this beer is largely erased, resulting in a champagne-dry beer with far too much leading character in the sourness, and not enough backbone to counter it, preventing this otherwise very enjoyable beer from reaching the peaks of perfection. 3.75

Wicked Weed Brewing's
Marina: American Sour Ale Fermented with Peaches and Apricots
3.72/5.00

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours clear and golden, with a thick head that rises to an inch or so; the retention is adequate, with strands of lace

Smell: Funky peach and apricot, with a vinous, oaky aspect

Taste: Vinous, at the outset, with an oaky white wine grape character; through the middle, the sour peach and apricot elements arrive along with the funk; some sourness lingers through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I have enjoyed some great peach sours over the last year and was excited to try this one; unfortunately, while it is decent, it lacks the powerful fruit and sour tones of the top echelon in this category

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours very little head but what little does come out are nice, white bubbles. The beer itself is okay to look at. It's a lightly hazy pale yellow that doesn't look very good but isn't ugly.

The beer smell and taste have the same notes but at different intensities, which makes a difference. The notes have a nice acidic and tart note but the taste has a very good sweet peach finish that absolutely sells it. The tart note is mainly a strong apricot and the sour note mixes very well with it.

The feel is decent. It's a light bodied beer with light, biting carbonation and it happens in a way that it comes off like a cider.

Overall, this is one of those beers that you'll enjoy or dislike depending on your likeness of sours. This is a fairly less intense sour that some serious sour lovers might want to move past. Otherwise, it's a fairly good beer and definitely worth trying if you're looking for a fruity beer.

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Photo of teromous
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On the side of the label: "DATE BOTTLED: 9.22.16"

Appearance: Very cloudy, ghostly white and straw colored body. There is no real head even when forced but it creates a slight crescent moon shape of bubbles along part of the edge which quickly forms and disappears. What is left is a lifeless surface devoid of even carbonation bubbles.

Aroma: It has a very light souring fruit aroma. The label says this is made with peaches and apricots, none of which makes it through to the aroma. It just smells like an average sour ale. Towards the bottom of the bottle a bit of sulfur started to develop in the glass, absent of the yeast resting in the glass.

Taste: Light hay character and some sourness. Not much flavor in the beer other than base sourness. No fruit at all.

Mouthfeel: It has a very good mouthfeel. It is just tart enough to titillate the senses but not so much that it becomes a nuisance. The body is light and dances across the palate. My only qualm is that the carbonation feels dead. It really dampens the drinking experience when such a light beer is nearly completely still.

Overall: Clearly the beer was made well given its checks and balances but the element that really makes a sour stand out from the crowd, in this case, is the fruit. In this instance the beer is a mere wallflower hiding its talent in the fringes of the crowd. Peaches and apricots? Just call it a regular sour; it might as well be one.

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Photo of farrago
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a big two plus finger head of airy foam that evaporates as quickly as it appeared, tilting the glass will produce a thin layer of lacing but this too does not last, everything is bleached white while present. Hard to imagine more visible bubbles inside the glass, it’s a maelstrom in there wall-to-wall, the liquid is a semi-pale golden color, bright and crystal clear (except for all the bubbles). The nose is tart and piercing, plenty of green apple, pear and sour white citrus, quite vinous with sour oaky bite rather than vanillin sweetness, dried hay and straw, honeyed, really too sour for any of the apricot, peach fruit to create a lasting presence. Light-bodied, has very good lift in the mouth due both to the general sourness as well as the consistent carbonated froth. With this lighter body the oak takes on even more presence and comes close to dominance. More “pit fruit” character to the peach, apricot than fleshy pulp, has the usual green apple, grape as well and infrequent hints at underripe pineapple. Stony and perhaps subtly bretty, has a clean funkiness desirable in the style. Fresh finish, palate activated for more. Could stand to have more depth and resonance in the primary flavors rather than depend on zippy mouth feel to impress.

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Photo of Pencible
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a clear light gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like funky oak and sour apple and malt vinegar, with some apricot and green mango.
T: It tasted like apple cider vinegar and sour white grapes, with some unripe apricot and funky oak. It had a clean and lasting sour aftertaste.
M: It was thin with moderate carbonation. Nice light body.
D: This was a fine sour with complex and delicate scent and taste. The body was fitting but light, and the finish was long, so it was nice to sip. Could age a while, but doesn't need it. Recommended.

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Photo of Myotus
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured gently at 47°F from a 500ml bottle (bottled 17Feb16) into a tulip. Consumed on 31Aug16.
SMELL: Strong tart green apple aromas are balanced by mild scents of green bell pepper, peach, apricot, hay, and earthy yeast. Subtle aromas of oak, mango, papaya, grass, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, salty minerals, and tobacco provide an additional complexity.
4.25 out of 5
TASTE: A mild funk of sour green apple and hay initially emerges on to the palate. Mild flavors of bell pepper, peach, and apricot bring a spicy fruitiness as the tartness of the beer increases slightly. More funkiness develops from mild earthy yeast flavors while subtle flavors of mango and papaya contribute more fruity goodness. Subtle flavors of oak, grass, and tobacco join the taste profile as the tartness continues to grow. Subtle salty mineral flavors trail lastly along with whispers of tangerine, orange, and grapefruit as the tobacco flavors become a little more perceivable while all the previous flavors maintain.
4.25 out of 5
NOTE: This was a delightfully tasty brew; however, I was left disappointed by how mild it was. I thoroughly enjoyed this treat, but it lacked the "wow" factor that I was anticipating. This is a great beer that I think every sour fanatic should try, but on a day where you want to take it nice and easy.

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Photo of kitch
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Koelschip, Copenhagen, into a Mikkeller Spontan mini gueuze type glass.

Appearance: It was a slightly hazy golden straw yellow colour with a half finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left great lacing.

Aroma: Sour, tart, funk, green apple and apple juice.

Taste: Sour, tart, peach, apricot, cherry, strawberry and light funk.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Nice, refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

for what the process is on this one, the beer should be more distinct, although i suppose everyone is doing the apricot and peach thing now, so some of the specialness might be waning. that said, this is excellent beer, just maybe not in the context of all of its peers. for being in wine barrels, that aspect is woefully lacking, although the fruit is nice and forward and authentic all the way through it, not just in the end. lighter than expected too on all counts, everything here is subtle and clean, easy and simple in some ways, not as nuanced and truly wild as maybe it could be. i know in their other sours they blend some base golden sour into them, and this seems to have that almost generic pucker to it, tough being that critical, but this isnt any better than anyone else is doing in this style, and for the price i expect just a little more, but the beer is awesome overall, dry and clean on the acidity, fruity but not at the expense of grain or yeast, and very well carbonated and easy drinking. on tap down at jakes brew bar in littleton, maybe the bottles have more fruit and funk to them, that can often be the case. i liked this a lot, but i wanted more fruit and way more wine, especially if thats going to be used as a selling point. good to great, but not epic or life changing, if thats even a reasonable scale to assess this on...

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Photo of VetsPackage
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With fruit aditions that usually lend to over acidification in most representations this is a very tolerable beer for those just gettings into sours. Something seems to be lacking in the body of the beer, seems watered down compared to some of the big name stone fruit sours. There are bunch of beers better than this within the style but few better that actually make it to store shelves or any distribution whatsoever. Beers like this really help bridge the gap into some of the more extreme and nuanced sours that exist

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Soft and pillowy on the malty front but bracingly sour in finish, its the generous flavors of apricot and peaches that give Wicked Wee's sour golden ale a juicy orchard fruit quality along with a stone fruit presence in Marina.

Her presence is a well-capped and lathery pour, under which settles a hazy straw and wheaten appearance. Sweet and sour fruits align in the nose, suggestive of asian spices and preparations. Citrusy, tangy and fruity, the sent bridges into an earthen set of scents with weathered woods, sandalwood, cumin, smoke and pepper. Its taste is bright early with crisp wafer cracker and powdered sugar before trending dry and sour.

The flavors explode on the middle palate as the sweetness rapidly dissolves and the fruits hit full stride. Tantalizing peaches are juicy and mouthwatering while apricot is of the earth with its stone fruit, fruit roll-up candy taste. The building sourness quickly takes command and ushers in a dry white wine, sparkling character. White grape, crabapple, lime and pickling spices dry the taste and refresh the palate with ease.

Trending dry and spicy, the beer's return of fresh baking bread offers a softness to combat the sheer sourness and supports the fruits waining properties. Still, the beer's vinous finish prickles at the late palate and easily strips the thirst in a fresh and crisp session overall.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Wicked Weed globe glass. Bottled February 27th 2016.

Bright lemon yellow and apricot light orange colored body off the pour. Appears opaque at first but is quite a bit clear actually. Thick and foamy bright white snapping head, reaching an easy three probably even four controlled fingers tall but with control. Soapy snaps as it settles, quite a noisy bugger, and leaves a very bubbled raised collar and barely a sheen of a puck.

A moderate tart aroma hits with good funk and balanced fruit flavors and esters. Peach pit warmth and a bit of heat makes for a very nice fruit tone on the nose. Sweetness seems to come on the apricot side a bit for a nice contrast as well. Very nice accenting wild.

This is a pretty solid tart punch in the face on first sip. Light bodied but comes with a good full rich and thick wine like coating in the palate. Fruited apricot and peaches abound, slightly fleshy and with no hint of canned sweetness either. Del Monte this is not folks, but it certainly has that large cocktail minus heavy syrup quality in the mid palate. A touch of light effervescence as well, nearly getting into champagne crispness but forgoes dryness for funky and slightly grigio wine like flavors.

Quite an interesting hybrid wild (or is it a tricky saison?). Either way the results are pretty tasty.

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Photo of Buck89
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. Hazy golden-yellow color with a thin white head. Wispy lacing. Aromas of peaches, funk, faint apricot, hay, oak, and white wine. It was tart but not over-puckering. Nuanced stone fruit, wine, oak, and funk all melded nicely together. Awesome especially in the summer.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I absolutely love the wicked weed sour strain. It's very tart without being overpowering and Marina was a good example of what they do well. The stone fruit was pretty subdued but came though with a subtle finish.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer at the Jester King brewery in Austin, Texas. I was looking for good Farmhouse Ale and they recommended some of their own as well the Wicked Weed brews they were selling. I loved this one.

(L) It had a hazy light golden hue with an inch thick white head.

(A) It had a very nice fruity aroma with hints of white wine.

(T) The taste is tart and yeasty, with peach, apricot, lemon, and a bit of sparkling white wine.

(F) It was light bodied with significant carbonation. It was easy thirst quenching drinking.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This almost resembled a funky lemonade at first with a highly sour tone. It eased into a peachy apricot but still funky sour as it went on. There were hints of white wine and oak but we're definitely subtle.

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Photo of zonker17
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour, slight haze, yellow color. Nose is the essence peach and apricot with faint lacto and wood. Fruit in the taste but other aspects of the beer hide it a bit. Wood and contained sourness alongside the fruit. Medium feel and carbonation.

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Marina from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 211 ratings