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American Wild Ale
Ranked #961
Ranked #7,474
4.03 | pDev: 8.68%
The Rare Barrel
California, United States
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Notes: Amber sour beer aged in oak barrels.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 98
Reviews by Juan611:
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another rarity provided by the host of Funkfest 2014... Thanks a bunch Spence.. These guys were not on my radar until I met you and Darrel. Very cool share.

Fairly clear amber.. nice white head with okay retention and lacing.

A bit sharp lactic/lemon notes... a little tannic.. Nice and approachable... Something that I associate with white wine/Prosecco.... Good body and carbonation... Seems to me like a good training-wheels sour, but still something I would buy all the time if I had it in my hometown.

Thanks again Spence... Big props... Perhaps the best tasting Boise has EVER seen.


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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with a touch of amber. Poured in a TRB tulip, a decent head of foam is produced. Dissipates to a ring, but leaves some curtains of lacing on the glass.

Nose of cherry fruit, spice, oak and a little funk.

Tastes of cherries, apple, cinnamon-like spice. Nice long spicy finish with just a hint of bitterness. Mildly sour, seems to have a bit of diluted apple vinegar. Wine/cider like, the flavors go together well producing a definitely delicious beer.

Light body and slightly effervescent carbonation on the tongue. Really pleasant sour presentation across the palate.

This is a light beer that exudes a lot of flavor. At 4.8%, it is refreshing to sip cold on a hot day, and pairs well with a variety of foods. It appeals to me as a lighter version of Supplication with a similar spicy finish, although I can't say it was aged in pinot barrels.

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Photo of largadeer
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopHead84
3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another split with rudzud.

Pours a mild creamy foamy head, fades semi nice lacing, quickly to big bubbles, crystal clear tan iced tea color.

Nose tart generic fruit notes, sour malts, some reddish candy soured malts, tangy with touch of acetic acid, very generic sour brown.

Taste starts with acetic acid, sour malts, tart flemmy generic sour fruit, soured reddish malts with little candy note, so much acid bite, little berry seed tannin. Finish is very flemmy, big acidic, soured fruit and tart berry seed.

Mouth is med bod, sour flemmy, decent carb, big acid.

Overall it's good, but very generic and average for a good American sour. Yeah a few years earlier this beer would have been great, but these days it gets lost in all the other great American sours out there, and way too acidic and flemmy.

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4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Amber body. Small white head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Generic amber sour aroma. A little musty. A little bit of cherry and vinegar.

Taste - The slightest bit of sourness. A bit of vinegar. A hint of oak and some light caramel malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation and medium body. Very light sourness.

Overall - A very uninteresting sour.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of facesnorth
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of scottfrie
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at TRB. Tulip.

A: Pours a dark apple juice/ light iced tea brown with a short lived off-white head that quickly faded into a very faint collar. Soapy lace was left down the glass.
S: Light nose overall but I get slight notes of lemon and tart berries.
T: Light flavors of musty fruit and woody oak barrel are easy noticeable. Berry tartness is light alongside slight caramel, lemon, and cranberry. The finish is earthy and oaky overall with a buttery oak aftertaste. Extremely light overall.
M: Light body, light and dry mouthfeel, with tingly carbonation that froths up on my palate. Gritty oak tannins cling to my throat, and there is a sharp but not overbearing acid bite. Ever so slightly watery.
O: Very light and easy tart beer. Not their most complex but very drinkable and delicious.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Blend No. 004.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 98 ratings