Merlot Grapes
Urban Artifact

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American Wild Ale
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4.45 | pDev: 6.07%
Urban Artifact
Ohio, United States
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4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made from the stuff of wine, yet brewed like a beer, Urban Artifact merge the two genres of beverage seamlessly.

Simply and aptly named Merlot Grapes, the beer pours with a russet burgundy hue, slightly hazy in its depth of sight. As a fine and dainty head swirls on the surface. Bold and juicy aromas of red grapes quickly become the centerpiece of scent while an undercurrent of sourness, balsamic, orchard fruit, citrus and a peppery twinge to the nose. Sweet fruitiness splashes the early palate with the jammy maltiness of hard candy, light syrup and toasted honey.

Trending strongly wine-like as the ale traverses across the middle palate, the undcurrent of tartness brings aspects of lime, lemon, crabapple and gooseberry to the more tart and off-sour taste of grapes. Merlot grapes bring their own subtle nuances of blackberry and plumb before peps of black pepper and balsamic bring an earthy tartness and sharpness to the late palate.

Medium bodied but perhaps fuller for a sour ale, the beer's body is firm, juicy and trending spicy with grape skin tannins playing a solid role in the beer's balance. A medium length aftertaste of vinous fruits are further highlighted with wine tannins and a slim hop bite. The beer seems to be a fairly simplistic but sharper version of Flanders Red Ale.

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Photo of DangerDawg
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chrismattlin
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very much like a wine, yet has a good amount of carbonation.

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Merlot Grapes from Urban Artifact
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 4 ratings