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American Wild Ale
4.61 | pDev: 5.64%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Our De Garde Collab, OR & MO microflora, Oregon Raspberries & Plums, wine, whiskey & port barrels.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 73 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful, dark reddish beer that smells of berries and tastes of raspberry jam. Probably the jammiest beer I've ever had. Delicious but wished for more of the SP funk to come through on this one. Still absolutely delicious. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Served in a Side Project stemmed glass.

Pours a dark reddish-brown body, one finger white head, good retention, not much lacing or film. Smells of jammy raspberry and a touch of stonefruit, a bit of funk, a bit of dark fruit and a bit of oak. This is the stuff of dreams. Big fruit presence with a complex barrel presence- that's what an AWA is supposed to be, right? Flavour is very similar; tons of jammy raspberry. Some stone fruited plum. Bright vibrant fruit sweetness intermingles in with dark fruit and the parent spirits. A bit of warming heat on the end, not unlike whiskey served neat. Mild fruity funk, but overall the fruit is the star of the show. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft and perfectly carbonated, and you get very little hint of the 10% ABV aside from the warming feeling as it goes down. Superb, very complex. Overall, another wonderful, heavy fruit jammed acetic wild from two of the best brewers in the US doing this type of wild ale. It's quite balanced! Nowhere near as sour as everyone has made it out to be, even more fruit than expected, and that's saying a lot.

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Photo of kevanb
4.07/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into a Side Project oversized wine glass. Generously shared by Erik, enjoyed on 1.16.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a deep maroon color, hues of burgundy and crimson, hazy and cloudy with a bone colored head, about a finger high that has good retention and lace. The aroma is very intense and very complex, all of the barrels are immediately present. Very fruity, loads of raspberry, prunes and very cherry forward, strong port wine, tannic, acidic, vinous, very rich, very deep with soft oak, a bit of vinegar and some potent booze character. The flavors offer a bit more in terms of balance and lets each element breathe. Still, the various barrels are front and center, loads of port wine, vinous red wine and rich and oaky bourbon with a fantastic helping of raspberry and plum, more plum than the nose suggested, delicate and tart with some light vinegar and some warming alcohol. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, lively, almost juicy at times with a medium body and a crisp finish.

Verdict: A very intense Wild Ale from Side Project and De Garde, perhaps too much at once. Rich, complex with great depth, but at times, the balance is lacking and the 10% ABV is very apparent.

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Photo of jjdc
4.82/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hands down the best Side Project beer I've had and a standout at a bottle share with many other top notch beers. Refreshing, fruity and well balanced on the sour end. Some SP's veer into the overly acidic range, but this is nicely restrained.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Murky deep red body. Medium khaki head. Heavy raspberry and some dark fruits. Red wine. Alcohol. Intense. Taste is strongly sour raspberries. I think I get the plums and maybe wine barrel. Strong sourness, perhaps overpowering. Heavy body. Pretty good, but too bit big for my tastes.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deepest red hue. With an eggshell white head. The aroma is plum, port, and wine. A hint of whiskey as it warms. The woody aspects are clean. Taste follows the nose with a jammy berry note as well. The body is light/medium. No hint of 10% abv. This feels like it should be listed as 5->7% Awesome.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Among the best beers I've had from Side Project. Mauve / garnet hued with an ivory, pink tinged head that fades to a ring of lazy bubbles. Tons of funk, green apple, pear, oak, and of course raspberry, goat cheese, citrus, and subtle vinegar in aroma and flavor. Acidity is bracing but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is creamy. I always appreciate when fruit and base come together in harmony rather than fruit taking such an obvious lead. This is a great example of that.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy and deep amber in color with plenty of pink and red coming through. A good sized, fizzy, and dense head forms and calms down to about a centimeter in thickness. The remaining head hangs around a good while and laces very well as well.

S- Bright and slightly tart raspberries and base beer funk hit the nose right up front. Some sweetness kicks in at the back end of the smell, probably form the plums. Hints of the sweet port also kick in towards the end and preside over the light funk that lies underneath. Really a delicious smell.

T- Starts with a big bang of raspberries and tartness right off the bat. The fruit is fresh and jammy and very raspberry forward. Hints of the plums kick in next along with some sweeter port notes. At the back end of the drink, a touch of musty funk and whiskey barrel dryness kicks in. The barrel gives some spice to the flavor and the base beer provides a touch of grain flavor. The whiskey barrel flavor is definitely least prominent of the barrel flavors, but all 3 add some complexity to the beer's flavor.

M- When this beer hit;s the tongue, it is an odd combination of slick, smooth, and thick with a good dose of carbonation. It is a very unique feel on the palate, but it fits the beer's flavors profile very well. There is a touch of alcohol warmth and astringent burnt on the way down, but it is well within expectations for a 10% ABV, fruited, wild ale.

Overall, this may be my favorite brew of Cory's so far. It blends his brewing strengths of fruit, barrels, and wild yeast seamlessly and subtly, representing all of the flavors the label promises. My favorite part is that it is both sour and high in ABV without being overpowering in either aspect. I highly recommend trying this now, as it will not get any more fruit forward in the future.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby hued brown, with a medium sized head of tight off white bubbles that leave excellent lacing.

Aroma is crazy funky, with some balsamic vinegar. Ripe plum, and hints of raspberry. Lots of sour green apple.

Incredibly funky, with some hay, horse blanket, and some vinegar. Very sour, raspberries are present, but not overtly. Plums are very subltle. Some alcohol is present.

Very full bodied for the style. Mouth puckering tartness. Light carbonation.

A very good sour, especially considering the ABV. I wish the fruits were more prevalent, but still very well done!

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Photo of DCLAguy11
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One the best Side Project beers I've had. Reminded me of RR Consecration but a little more refined with softer edges and very drinkable. Slightly acidic with some vinegar notes but not in a bad way. Would seek this out again.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.2/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Lakewood BBT snifter.

Appearance: I got the bottom of the bottle, so lots of Cakey yeast strewn throughout. Dark, murky red and mauve, with some good lacing and a creamy crown.

Smell: Gorgeous, very very jammy. More raspberry than plum in the nose at least. Slight vinegar. Smells a bit like an NG fruit, perhaps Strawberry rhubarb.

Taste: Very sour, hints of port. Still gets lots of strawberry from this, maybe some sweet sugar plums, hints of vinegar, raspberry.

Mouthfeel: Pretty aggressive sour, jammy but dry. High level of carb.

Overall: A bit too vinegary for me, but the fruit character is delicious. Don't get much of the whiskey barrels from this though.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep cherry red, flavors red fruits and funk, fairly complex, juicy, mildly tart... not mind-blowing but definitely delicious--easily polished the bottle off myself!

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Photo of KYGunner
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wild ale where the fruit truly shines through with a sweet raspberry and light cherry. There's is some earthy natural tones along with a white wine and sweet cream. This is tangy and sour but it's so smooth and delicious.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On site split a 750 - about 1 week since the official release
Pours a relatively clear light plum skin color with hues of maroon, rust, and garnet, and topped by a foamy, sticky, slightly off-white head. Initially there is little sediment, but towards the bottom the beer pours milky with flecks suspended in a surprisingly viscous liquid. The nose is funk and raspberries, some esters, a little whiskey caramel and oak off the barrel, minimal booze, and no butter. The taste favors the plum initially, but more tart raspberry and funk creep in towards the finish. I'm really curious about what will happen to the balance when the bugs take over. It's medium bodied, modestly carbonated, and has a rich barrel and grain sweetness that's cut by tart stone fruit, ethanol, and wood. This is a very solid offering that gets both the raspberry and plum spot on, yet still brings the funk - one of my favorite side project beers/collabs to date.

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Photo of Angelshare
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

IMHO, its the best SP beer produced, after drinking this drinking anything else might be a let down emotionally. I wish they made more so that everyone could experience this work of art. Really makes me interested in trying more DeGarde products too.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into 2 wine stems at SP cellar. (On-site consumption bottle)

Appearance: Deep purple with 2 full fingers of white head. Heavy lacing on the glass. Head drops down to a thin cap during entire time drinking this beer.

Smell: Jammy raspberries and hint of plums. The fruit in this beer honestly smells like a DeGarde Imperial Bu. This is very fruit forward wild ale and has pretty hefty funk as well. Lacto presence is also well established in the aroma. This smells outstanding.

Taste: It is very raspberry forward in the beginning and it is all plums in the finish. Raspberry flavor is jammy and has a sweet and tart quality about it. The plums are juicy and sweet. Both fruits are very authentic in the flavor profile. Tartness is a 4/10 and builds in the finish. You can tell that this has a barrel presence, but it is not easy to discern the three different barrels used to age this beer. Light barnyard and nice lacto notes as well. Very complex, very delicious, very balanced.

Mouthfeel: On the light end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy carbonation with a light dryness in the finish. This beer is absurdly drinkable. It drinks like a 5% abv wild ale. I cant believe this beer is 10%abv. The blending is outstanding on this beer and gives a premium mouthfeel rivaling many of the premium fruited sour of belgium. Perhaps even over achieving what most Belgian styles have for mouthfeel.

Overall: This is the best SP beer that I have drank to date. There is some serious wow factor to this beer. The cost was $40 dollars for this bottle of beer; I would gladly spend another 40 bucks to taste it again. Side projects is killing it.

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