Off Color Brewing

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American Wild Ale
4.08 | pDev: 5.39%
Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 43 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It has a light straw yellow color with a slight hazy and some fine sedimentation. There was a small fizzy white head that faded out almost instantly. The aroma hit my nose as soon as I popped the cap on the bottle. Right away I was getting sour and tangy tart notes. In the glass I get more sour lemon and sour cereal grain notes. The flavor matches its aroma perfectly. There is a big astringent tartness and sourness right up front with notes of fresh squeezed lemon light cereal grain, sour dough bread and then it finishes with a snappy dry tartness. The feel is light and fizzy much like Miller High Life.

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generallee from Virginia, Aug 26, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, served in a teku. Cloudy golden yellow straw body, one and half finger thick white head, good retention, bit of lacing. Smell is dry rice, slightly toasted grain, moderately citrus acetic acidity with a touch of lactic bite, light straw. In the back of my mind (and before I looked up the origin of this beer), I wondered if I was smelling an AAL. It has that light toasted grainy rice aroma to it. But of course, it is tart and lemony. Even more so on the palate; it's a bright wild ale with good lemon tartness, light citrus, touch of toasted grain, bright citrusy acetic acid. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, soft and very refreshing. Now that I've read about what they did to make this beer, I'm even more amazed at how they pulled this one off. Well done, delicious and bright wild beer.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Jul 16, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Translucent golden yellow. There was a crisp white head that dissipated quickly. No activity.

Smell: Tart and funk on the nose. Lemon grass, yuzu, gravel, corn sweetness, cereal grains, dried flowers, and crackery malt.

Taste: Tart funky citrus peel on the attack. Notes of yuzu, preserved lemon, and white nectarine. The a body of bright acidity and funky hay notes come forward. Within the body is a thin cracker malt with some corn notes. The finish is tart and clean with a sharp salinity and a wet gravel finish.

Feel: Bright and effervescent. Drinks clean. Bright bubbly carbonation. Medium acidity that is dialed in. No alcohol is present.

Overall: A unique experiment that really paid off. A bright and complex brew that goes down smooth while intriguing the palate.

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BergBeer from Virginia, Jun 15, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2016 release, poured into an Off Color Cervoise. Enjoyed on 2.9.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright color, corn and straw hues, hazy with a finger of white head, fizzy and crackling with no retention nor lace. The aroma is good, nice buggy funk, lemon zest, a touch of corn, light pale grains, mineral water, pretty simple, but bright, with perhaps a touch of floral notes as it warms. The flavors echo the nose, good expression of the wild cultures, tart pale grain, citrusy with some wildflower as well, almost a touch of berry fruit in there hiding. Simple, straightforward and definitely culture driven flavors, but again, delicate and refreshing. The mouthfeel is good, light, prickly carbonation that is very lively and crisp with a tart and dry finish.

Verdict: An interesting, but rewarding and enjoyable wild ale from Off Color. The High Life presence is certainly there with the corn like adjuncty flavors but the house cultures that Off Color shows off are also well done and shine in their own way. A very interesting merge of two completely contrasting styles, but a successful Frankenstein Monster.

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kevanb from Illinois, Sep 01, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, no dating that I could find on it. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about an inch white head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing at all. The brew smells like apricot, hay, green apple and grainy malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of white grape, lemon and peppery spice flavors. Good amount of tartness! Mouthfeel/body is light, it's crisp and easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought it was a good, enjoyable brew. Glad I got to try this one. $19.99 a bottle.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy/milky bright yellow.

Aroma starts off with lemon tartness, green apple, mild barnyard funk and some grainy notes too. Definitely yeast driven!

Taste starts off with a huge burst of laco/tart lemon skin followed by green apple, pear notes and then into this grassy/funky barnyard character. Definitely some grainy and mineral type notes likely from the MHL base beer.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, sour and champagne effervescence.

A really unique idea and a great beer! The best they have done? No, but this is a delicious treat that takes MHL and turns into something wonderful!

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Photo of c_tails
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle purchased in Nov
pours hazy yellow
smell - loads of funk, yeast
taste - lemony yeast, pleasantly sour, green apple, barnyard funk coming through. crisp, refreshing, balanced, some complexity but if you've had a current iteration of an american wild ale / sour attempt it fits nicely alongside those flavors. i guess i pick up a slight bit of that watery breadiness you get from high life but i think i'm just projecting. this is a fun idea, i overpaid for it without knowing that Whole Foods had it for almost 10 dollars less! i'm not sure i'd buy it again even at 18 bucks...its good but there's lots of beers to try. i love all kinds of beer but if i'm at a bar with high life in bottles i'm probably going to buy one - so i had to try this. have since had some other Off Color options and really enjoyed them.

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c_tails from New York, Jan 09, 2017
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, let's not get ahead of ourselves. A new wave craft brewer with a ton of momentum teams up with one of those industrial light lager makers for a taste that's familiar and comfortable with both. But let's not get behind ourselves either. The advancement of flavor pushes a simple malt bill well beyond what we thought was possible also.

The collaborative efforts of Off Color brewers with those of Miller High Life will make any craft beer lover cower with a response of eeek! But that attitude's namesake lands "Eeek" at a bright and bubbly pour of golden champagne with a tart scent of green apple, lemon, gooseberry and melon. A light drift of the cellar lays its funk and fauna on the nose while its early palate is gently sweet with grain, hay and grass.

Its clean middle palate simply gleans with those bright lemon, lime, crabapple, gooseberry and honeydew juicy sourness, especially after the low-lying wafer and confectioner's maltiness carries away in a quick flutter. Refreshing and sharply piquant, the beer's complexities are light and nuanced with a whimsical earthiness of attic-like woods, light white pepper spice and the playful astringency of fruit skins and white wine.

Light, crisp and clean in its finish, the beer's bright and beautiful taste proves to be simply sour and highly thirst quenching. Trailing with a light echo of the cellar, a brisk balsa, cider and citrus tone plays on the palate like gin-and-tonic cocktails.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Jan 08, 2017
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a super fun idea.

It pours an almost neon yellow, very clear, with a small fleeting head, and no lacing. The bottle definitely gushed a bit when first opening- be careful.

Smells like sour lemon, slight grassiness, crackery malt, and some mild earthy funk

This is a pretty crazy beer- you can definitely taste the High Life lineage here. Off Color's yeast is quite expressive, because it's adds a really nice citrusy funk to this, with an emphasis on dry lemon. The very slight grassy hop flavors of regular Miller High Life seem to be amplified here. I bet with some aging, the funk character will become super strong, as it's mild and pleasant now.

I expected the carbonation to be very high on this one, but it was relatively normal. This is very light bodied and quite crisp.

This is a really fun idea, and it was executed quite well.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Jan 03, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received as a Christmas gift from a local Whole Foods beverage manager. He's good people. I was curious, but not $25 curious, so it works.

Milky, hazy straw yellow. Very pale. Thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass. No lacing. No legs.

Very lactic and acidic nose. Grainy and a lot of mineral notes. Absolute minimum funk.

Perfectly tart. Light grain and citrus; loads of lemon. More mineral notes.

Light body. Moderate carbonation. A little thin, but it doesn't take away too much from the beer.

This is one of the most interesting beers that I've opened, just because of what it consists of. It doesn't do anything noteworthy, but it doesn't do anything wrong. It's a by the books sour blonde. Don't like the "Miller High Life" badge dissuade you. I could drink this all day as a go to sour.

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epyon396 from Pennsylvania, Dec 23, 2016
Eeek! from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 43 ratings