Mackinaw
Toolbox Brewing Company

MackinawMackinaw
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Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
6%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 6.46%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
28
From:
Toolbox Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  7
Gots
  8
SCORE
95
World-Class
MackinawMackinaw
Notes: Barrel Aged Sour Wild Ale with California white peaches.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 28 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Frosty11161:
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Frosty11161 from California

4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jun 09, 2017
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fuhnoo from California

4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on January 2, 2016 from the bottle. I drank this side-by-side with Valley of Sound (Modern Times) and Veritas 016 (The Lost Abbey) in a peach beer blind tasting showdown.

A: The appearance is a little deceiving with this beer. It's more of a pale, light orange/yellowish color. It's similar to a number of berliner weisses that I've had before with its color and turpidity. This was easily outshone by the other 2 beers in this tasting. Not to say it was unappealing, because I do think it looks appetizing.

S: This was much more promising than the appearance. This beer smelled like peach overload and absolutely destroyed the other 2 beers in that fashion. I had to give this a 4.75 in smell because I'm not sure if there's anything that comes close to the beautiful aromas of Peche 'n Brett.

T: Now THAT'S what I'm talking about! This beer absolutely exploded with white peach flavor. If the smell of this beer was the appetizer, the taste was the main course. Following the fruit flavor was the perfect amount of sourness--not too puckering as to distract from the peach flavor, but not underwhelming (like Peche 'n Brett) either. I was absolutely elated with how Mackinaw tastes--while it's relatively simple in its flavor profile, Toolbox absolutely knocked it out of the park here.

M: This beer had a crisp, carbonated mouth feel. Honestly, it was ideal for this kind of a beer: an intense fruit flavor cut by carbonation and the perfect amount of pucker. Loved this.

O: Overall, this beer easily took first place in my book from this tasting. I almost feel this was unfair to drink next to a beer like V016 because of how differently they drank, despite the common white peach fruit they both share. Where V016 was more sweet and sticky, this was more dry and crisp with more pop and juiciness from the peaches. I guess this what happens when you add "25 pounds of FRESH California White Peaches per wine barrel". Excellent job, Toolbox.

Jan 03, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of peach, lemon and caramel. Sweet peach taste with tart lemon, oak notes and caramel.

Oct 16, 2016
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largadeer from California

4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damn tasty peach AWA. Really nice peachiness to the nose, plenty of fruit but leans toward the unripe side of the fruit. Lacks the balance and complexity that a slightly sweeter, richer fruit would provide. Complaints aside, this is a great beer.

Dec 26, 2015
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Gotti311 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 23, 2017
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IrishColonial from Texas

4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 03, 2016
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shoegueuze from California

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Apr 21, 2016
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BMart from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Apr 13, 2016
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vfgccp from New York

4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 25, 2017
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dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Apr 11, 2016
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SDRedDevil from California

4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best sour to be released by Toolbox since A Handful of Peter. Great blend of funk, fruit, and oak. The peaches really shone through, fantastic beer.

Jun 02, 2016
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redfox405 from California

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jan 20, 2016
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HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 12, 2016
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dsshuck from Delaware

4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 21, 2019
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Brewseph from California

4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aug 03, 2017
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jkrug5 from Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Feb 05, 2017
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 18, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 19, 2016
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McAndrew from North Carolina

4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Feb 10, 2016
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Marco_Gtz from California

4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 01, 2016
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Raziel313 from California

4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 22, 2015
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SimcoeKid from California

4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nov 21, 2016
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fthegiants from California

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 08, 2016
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Keananmichael5 from California

4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing white peach sour. Toolbox never disappoints and this is my favorite from them. Compared to a $50-$60 bottle or veritas, this $20 bottle was superior in my opinion. Perfect tart level with strong peach flavor.

Jan 03, 2016
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brians52 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 21, 2016
Mackinaw from Toolbox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 28 ratings