Desert Solitaire
Springdale Beer Co.

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Wild Ale
Ranked #887
Ranked #11,870
4.1 | pDev: 4.88%
Springdale Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Foeder-fermented mixed fermentation golden ale.
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 24 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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edward_boumil from New York

4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Golden yellow, mild turbidity, almost no head retention, when coaxed head is very transient. Very nice looking in a tulip
S: Really just very warm and inviting aroma. Definitely tart notes, I don't get citrus as much on the nose, more like wine. Perhaps a nice balasamic vinegar. Hints of spice like peppercorn and corriander. Candied fruit in the back, sugary and sweet. I also can't help but notice hints of clean smoke but that's probably just the wood, smoke is just what comes to mind
T: An interesting sort of savory/sour up front. Certainly wine like, I like it (and I don't like wine, weird). Spice like pepper, certainly the oak. Reminds me of a nice Speyside. As the beer warms the oak comes out stronger, astringent and slightly tannic but I like that as well, really nice character that smooths out the tart bite. This really hits home for me. Grassy and floral notes present as well.
F: Pretty easy drink. Smooth might not be the right word. Very crisp (very high carbonation level) and light, however. Acids really coat the mouth, flavors linger. Could be easy to toss back but flavors keep it in check and instead encourage you to sip.
O: Personally I'm quite impressed with this. I really like the flavors this beer presents. The wood (oak) is a little raw and makes its presence known, but I like that about it, it really lends itself to the beer. Everything is really balanced well, its not funky or too sour and ridiculous. Gonna stash away a few of these.

Sep 09, 2018
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LeRose from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy deep gold with a fleeting soapy head.

Could smell this beer as soon as the crown came off. Initial impression was it is massively fruity, but it is more than that. Very mild funk, pretty assertive acid smell that seems both lactic and acetic. Grape and wine, mild lemon citrus, green apple, the missus says kiwi and I can go there. Or bubblegum...just a bit.

The taste is actually balanced nicely even with more flavors than I can probably unravel. Definitely sour, but not wrecking the tooth enamel. Nice contribution of earthy funk, and underneath a counterbalance of sweetness. Definite lemon, absolutely wine-like, smooth contribution from the oak. Virtually no bitterness to speak of.

Light feeling beer, bright carbonation, slightly dry.

Overall, I could drink this like lemonade on a hot day. Glad I got a couple of these. Nice beer - give it a try if you've dipped a toe in the pool of sour beers. Well beyond an introductory sour, but not at the extreme.

Jun 18, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy head that fades quickly, hazy pale blond color

Nose brings some sourness, lactic and maybe acetic acid, fair amount of acidity, a little funk, actually a fair amount of funk, a bit of buttery oak but barely and a little vinous note, mild lemony citrus, pretty muted

Taste starts quite sour, tart fruity lemony a bit of funk but not a ton, more acidity, bright acidity, acetic acid, touch of golden sour malt, little vinous note again, and also just a touch of buttery oak, increasing a bit more as it warms, little flemmy note on the back end, bit more fruity and getting a little apple, drier, lingering tartness fruit apple lemon, acidity

Mouth is lighter bod, decent fluffy carb, fair acidity just a bit flemmy on the finish

Overall not bad, a bit light in many parts but still a nice sour.

May 03, 2018
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a milky yellow with a tight band around the edges. Nose expresses citrus and brine. Taste consistent with nose; however, acetic acid is a little forward. Mouthfeel is light in body with a carbonation shy of lively and an acidity that leaves a residual prickle at the back of the throat between quaffs. All and all, a solid sour. Nothing stands out in particular; however, it's quite good.

Jul 09, 2017
Desert Solitaire from Springdale Beer Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 24 ratings