Cold Box Cool Ship
Highland Park Brewery

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Wild Ale
Ranked #597
Ranked #50,423
4.33 | pDev: 7.39%
Highland Park Brewery
California, United States
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Notes: Cold Box Cool Ship is 100% spontaneously fermented in Highland Park. A very simple base recipe of barley, unmalted wheat, and aged German Hallertau hops allow the microflora to really stand out. We let the beer cool down in the open air overnight, getting inoculated with wild yeast and bacteria. We then let it ferment and age in neutral oak barrels for around a year. This all develops into something that is completely unique to our neighborhood. The beer has lean, pronounced grapefruit acidity with a delicate, raw mustiness as a nice counterbalance.
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pants678 from California

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear yellow/orange.

Barn yard funk 100%.

Not has aggressive as the nose. Could tolerate more astringency or sour. That said, still enjoyed peppery notes and and the mild side of tart.

More carbonation would be welcome.

Apr 27, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives clear and golden colored with a modest head that leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Funky, with a rustic lemon aroma; grapefruit pith, as well

Taste: Tart lemon flavors forward with a rustic character building; grapefruit pith, in the mid-palate; tart, after the swallow, with a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Enjoyed the impact of the local wild yeast on this beer; nice and funky

Jul 14, 2019
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floyd_pugman from California

4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 3 Floyds teku. Cloudy urine color with decent carb. Nose is sour fruit, mostly nectarine. Palate follows suit. A decent effort as an AWA, but less funk and complexity than I would have hoped for a spontaneously fermented beer, and for that reason a bit disappointing. That notwithstanding, sour beer fans won't find much to complain about, and it's not overly acidic.

Jun 14, 2018
Cold Box Cool Ship from Highland Park Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 10 ratings