The Rare Barrel

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Wild Ale
Ranked #98
Ranked #1,678
4.43 | pDev: 6.55%
The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Notes: Dry-hoppped golden sour beer aged in oak barrels; a collaboration with Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 53 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Fragrant, with lots of citrusy hops in the aroma, followed by moderate sourness.

A: Golden color, clear, with a moderate white head that has adequate retention. There is moderate lacing in the glass.

T: Super citrusy, tangy upfront, followed by a moderate lingering sourness.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a light, pleasing acidity.

O: Delicious; the beer has an awesome citrusy, tangy hoppy aroma and flavor that complements the beer's sourness, making the beer very easy to drink.

Feb 22, 2017
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frasergrove from California

3.94/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went into this beer thinking - oh yay, a really nice dry hopped sour! Ended up having little to no aroma (even though it was dry hopped by the "masters" of hops), with light lemon acidity and a minor hop note (but not much). Flavor was a straight forward golden sour, which was nice and refreshing but not anything amazing. Meh.

Feb 13, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this at the source, Rare Barrel. This was on the trip with the blonde shorty.

Takes the usual golden ale base, dry hopped and I dunno, they prolly took the Cellarmaker name and added some Tang on their behalf and Peninsula dipshits went nuts I guess. This one has a very thin 1/5" white head on the top, quickly recedes. Aroma of sour bomb and citrus.

The citrus is mostly of a lemon character, lesser amounts of tangerine and orange from there. Light body, but plenty of clean sourness, no brett, doesn't really have a wood or oak component to it. Carbonation is where it should be, relatively high for style but the dry hopping and citrus aspect lend itself mouth feel wise to a little more bubbles.

Plenty juicy, in a trend where beers of the wild dimension are becoming more like juice in taste and appearance, this is a good red line to draw where the beer is still very good, but a step in that continued trend's direction would prolly get away too far from a normal good ol' base beer.

Anyways, I liked it.

Dec 12, 2016
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KMachHops from California

4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Poured from a growler. Pretty much no head and golden yellow.
Smell:Some citrus and some subtle funk. Almost like a citrusy IPA but not.
Taste: Citrus burst follow by the tartness of biting into a lemon.
Feel: Right amount of carbonation with some chew and slight bite of hops.
Overall: Solid collar between TRB and Cellarmaker.

Feb 10, 2016
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Kevin_Mawhinney from California

4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An amazingly balanced beer. The nose is a fruity medly driven by an obvious tangerine aroma and the taste is essentially the same, without being too tart.

Feb 13, 2015
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scottfrie from California

4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10oz pour at the brewery.

A: Pours a murky, chalky, yellow with a thin bright white head that faded into a soapy film.
S: Incredible nose. Juicy and sweet hops dominate with notes of citrus, tons of papaya, and a touch of mango. Nose has a tart kiss to it, but overall smells like a delicious ipa.
T: Taste follows the nose but a ton of lactic acid balances out the sweetness. Lightly minerally, with a hoppy bitter citrus peel finish. The aftertaste is clean and has a nice fruit nectar sweetness. Tastes like there is a splash of actual grapefruit or tangerine juice poured into this. Peach and apricot come through in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body, sticky sweet hoppy mouthfeel that has a good chew, but then it drys out from the oak and the bugs. Easy to drink.
O: On of the best sour hoppy beers I’ve had, and just a great beer all-around. I hope they more beers akin to this one.

Nov 02, 2014
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SierraJosh from California

5/5  rDev +12.9%

This beer needs a review. On draft Sunday and sippin my growler this evening.

Hazy yellow, soft carbonation with minimal lacing. Punch of juicy, tropical hops in the nose. Pineapple, tangerine, and dank. The sour base beer complements the hops so well. Taste is tart up front, showcases the dry hops perfectly. A marriage of golden sour and fruit forward hops, Tangerang indeed. The best Collab beer I have had. Well done Cellarmaker and Rare Barrel.

Oct 20, 2014
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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 53 ratings