The Rare Barrel

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American Wild Ale
4.25 | pDev: 6.12%
The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 99 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Beersnake1
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp at a bottle share. Look is murky orange. Nose is incredible - vanilla ice cream (lactose), a bit sour, oak, and some ginger. Taste is a bit sour, grape, oak, funk, and oranges. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 3/13/16

Split with Goblinmunkey7

A: Medium honey-orange with some deep gold around the edges - mostly clear, but some haze - pours with a frothy, medium sized head, fades to a few wisps, leaves some spots of lacing

S: Medium level of sourness, with some sharp acidity and some damp, musty, lactic sour and tart - some lemon - floral, with some hibiscus - ginger, in moderation - oak, with some wood, but much like the ginger, it's not overly potent

T: Well rounded sour - acidity, with some sharp sour and a touch of lemon - acidity builds the more you drink - some lactic sour - brightly tart overall - medium amount of oak, a nice woodiness - plenty of fresh ginger - some floral notes, hibiscus - finishes with some sticky tart

M: Medium body, very low carbonation, lingering sour in the finish

O: Sour flower power

Tigerlily has a nice amount of sourness that seems to build as I work my way though the glass. The carbonation feels a little low, but it's still awesome.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Lemonade, ginger, lacto, citrus zest and oak. Light, sour, bright and delicious. Slick mouthfeel but slightly undercarbed. Short finish. Really solid brew.

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Photo of Brandon_beer
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dry and crisp with an equal amount of #ginger which gives it a raw, #spicy and #fresh aroma and flavor. It also has a sour pucker with soft carbonation

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Photo of mothman
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lots of spices, but very sour. Floral and herbal. Green apples. Tannins. Oak barrel flavors. Lemon acidity. Sour and tart. This beer is easy drink and something I could definitely enjoy more of.

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Photo of W_Des
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice goldenrod sour that has a great amount of ginger in the nose. Then you get some good ginger forward notes with a wet finish. I feel like it whets my appetite to keep drinking. Very easy drinker. I wish I could have gotten more of the floral notes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i agree with the other reviewer that the dry crisp nature of this one, with the equally prominent ginger component is an improvement on the sourtooth, which for me felt a little busy. this is streamlined a bit, and is quite a bit more sour if i remember correctly. it has a vibrant pink hue to it, but smells less floral than i expected with the hibiscus. its always so intense, so cool move to dose it so moderately here, let me be an accompaniment, not a solo. the ginger is spicy and raw and fresh in the aroma, and it translates over to the flavor nicely, its not hot, but it is very up front. i am impressed with the sour profile of this as well, its more than just lacto acidity. its insanely sour, but has a lot of flavor too aside from just the acid. the wood seems light and almost neutral, not dank and heavy like it sometimes can. for as flavorful as this beer is, its also very delicate in its overall impression. soft carbonation, light body, and a really nice union of some interesting ingredients under a brightly sour yeast profile. not too many beers of this quality out there for purchase. it reminds me of a more sour jolly pumpkin beer i liked a lot. great use of ginger here, top notch from these guys as usual.

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Photo of Insert_Beer_Pun
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle on 3.29.15

Wonderful color - pinkish-amber - and the smell is ginger with light floral (less floral than when I had it originally on tap).

Taste - nice sour pucker without the sweet backbone that came with Sourtooth. Replacing the sweet is a nice crisp, floral finish. To me, it's a more refined Sourtooth.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

10oz snifter at the taproom.

A: Served a beautiful clear crimson with a faint white head. Wispy lace was left down the glass.
S: Ginger and drying hibiscus on the nose with bright hints of lactic acid and flowers. Floral hibiscus is noticeable. Smells great.
T: Definitely cosmic dust-like with drying and floral notes of hibiscus mixed with sour tooth tiger notes of ginger. I'd say definitely closer to cosmic in flavor. Not as epic drying though. Perfect amount of hibiscus. Ginger is present in the second half and is spicy and tingly. There is a mild stone fruit quality. Ginger continues into the finish alongside a nice tart lactic presence that creates a soft, subtle tartness. The aftertaste is spicy with lingering ginger and gritty from hibiscus tannins. Tingly spicy ginger lingers long after the swallow.
M: Dry mouthfeel, medium body, mouthwatering feel, ample frothy but soft carb bubbles up and scrubs my palate. Some gritty tannins from the hibiscus linger.
O: A perfect medley of flavors. Not crazy dry from hibiscus nor crazy spicy from ginger. Very balanced and exceptionally drinkable. One of the most refreshing beers I've had in recent memory. I immediately went back for a second glass. Makes you thirsty. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of alex24x7
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco. Served at 45 degrees Fahrenheit in a tulip glass. Surprisingly nice amount of head that kept its shape up until I began devouring this ale. I didn't catch much ginger or hibiscus, but I thoroughly enjoyed this beer nonetheless. It had just enough pucker. Wasn't sweet, which I hate. Not much bitterness. Carbonation was about medium. I'd drink this again, surely, but at the price and seeing that it didn't taste like ginger or hibiscus (little differentiation) I would be hesitant to fork over another $13 for 25cl at the bar.

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Tigerlily from The Rare Barrel
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