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The Cut: Merlot | Casey Brewing & Blending

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BA SCORE
4.36/5
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40 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Casey Brewing & Blending
Colorado, United States
caseybrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 12-17-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
40
pDev:
7.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
5
Trade:
1
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Photo of spoony
3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle (dated December 18, 2015) to a tulip.

A-The beer is a lovely magenta/ruby color and almost perfectly clear. Pretty dark in hue. The head is pink and very quick to fade. It leaves no lacing. Carbonation is not active in the glass.

S-The aroma is quite sour with a big acidic punch that barely fades as my nose adjusts. After a minute, I start to pick up some fruit, red grape mostly, but also some raspberry and sour cherry. The oak is drying and a little rough around the edges. Intense, but not a fruit-forward as I would have hoped.

T-The taste tracks the smell closely. High levels of acidity make for a very sour beer with less complexity than my favorite Casey beers. Flavors include red and white grape, tart raspberry, sour cherry, and the same slightly harsh oak note. It is very dry and slightly vinous. The acidity almost overpowers the fruit, but once it warms to room temp, things open up a bit.

M-The carbonation is active and chunky on the palate. Heft is medium and the finish is a bit sticky.

O-Not that this is a bad beer, its pretty good, actually, but I was hoping for a little more vinous fruit character out of this one.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.64/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at CBC 2016 - day 2. Hazy red pour. Red fruit, some vinegar, fruit sourness. Good.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WTKeene
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IrishColonial
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Deltoro
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and cage bottle, dated 12/18/2015. Served in a Casey stemmed glass.

Pours a dark ruby and reddish body, slight purple hue, one finger white head, short-lived, no lacing. After a few minutes, it certainly looks like a lighter red wine, perhaps apropos for what is being accomplished here. Smells of rich complex grape sweetness, grape must, a light background lemon acidity, touch of leather, tannin, light oak presence, mineral. Holy cow. Flavour is equally as impressive; with a big red wine grape presence, blackberry and stone fruit, oak, touch of wheat, the slightest hint of lemon, fair bit of lactic acidity, mild musty funk. The fruit quotient is in brobdingnagian proportions, yet the base beer holds up nicely to it by the fact that I can easily pick out the underlying lemony geuze-like characteristics that Oak Theory is known for. Plenty of oak, vinous character, mild amount of funk, mildly earthy and floral bitterness keeps this from tasting like straight fruit juice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, appropriately dry and refreshing. Tart grape and lactic acidity finishes things out. An overall wonderful fruited wild ale with a lot of grape character and complexity. Merlot and wild ales seem to be a great partnership as merlot tends to have more straight red fruit character, versus say cabernet franc which tends to be more peppery and have darker fruit sometimes. All that aside, this is a fantastic grape wild and worth whatever it takes to land.

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3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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The Cut: Merlot from Casey Brewing & Blending
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 40 ratings
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