Fungus Tea'Mungus | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Head collaboration is a Kombucha tea inspired brew flavored with organic lemon peel, organic Assam and Sencha teas then fermented by a cocktail of symbiotic organisms cross-pollinating each other. The result is a light bodied yet flavorful drink with a tart flavor somewhat similar to Belgian Lambic beers but also displaying hints of earthy tea.

Added by Todd on 04-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 31
Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

A: The pour is a relatively clear golden color with a small white head.

S: There is a light funkiness to the nose that is accompanied by lots of lemon zest, tea, and a little bit of tartness. Lightly musty and earthy, perhaps a touch of mushrooms and dirt.

T: The flavor is sort of bland and a bit watery. Lightly sour/tart with some tea and earth flavors. There is a little bit of lemon and lemon zest. Just a hint of green apple peel to it.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Sort of like a watered down version of the TEA/Veritas 008 from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of SummitVA
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky orange-ish golden pour. Steady carbonation.

S - Citrus, lemon, and an herbal tea-like quality. Graininess and sweet pils.

T - Malt sweetness foremost, followed quickly with citrus and lemon rind. Tea-like quality is faint; not as strong as in nose. A bit of tartness balances the light malt sweetness. Very delicate flavors. Not unpleasant.

M - Light.

O - One of the better DFH brews I've had in a while. Very little "wild" here, but this is a really pleasant low gravity brew. Would definitely try it again.

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Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours 1 finger of white head. Left some splattered lace.

Color is a hazed bright golden orange.

Aroma: Light sour, green apples, and yeast. Some lemon citrus. Very light flavored.

Taste: Lemon citrus, yeast, faint sourness. There isn't really much here, but it is very clean.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends really clean.

Overall, a really easy drinking wild ale. Not much here, but it is very easy to drink a lot of this. This would be a great summer beer.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler. Poured into a tulip glass a slightly cloudy hazed light orange yellow color with a slight white head that collars around the glass. LIght lemon zest with just an ever so small amount of herbal aroma. The taste is nice and light, as is the mouthfeel. Starts with a light on the palate lemon sourness that stays around the entire time of your drink. A touch bit of blandness though. Overall, a light and refreshing beer. The tea flavor is rather lost on me though as the lemon pretty much dominates it.

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Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy yellowish color with a 1" head.

Smell: light sourness, some earthiness, a bit of citrus and a very light tea aroma shows up late.

Taste: light grainy malt base with tart green apples, a hint of lemon zest, green tea, and a mild bitterness is wrapped in a mildly sour and earthy flavor.

Mouthfeel: lighter in body. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness arriving late.

Overall: this is one of the few wild ales I have enjoyed that is much lower in alcohol and the flavors are well balanced. Easy to consume this beer. Lucky enough to have this at DFH in Rehoboth.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a huge thanks goes out to mr silver who sent this one my way. enjoyed with the family on easter, this was really a hit and perfect for our first 90 degree day. poured into multiple pint glasses.

the pour was a very nice and smooth yellow color, with lots of cloudiness and a nice cap of white that hung out on the top of the glass. light rings of lacing then fell in beside it. super light aroma of tea leaves,light sour, hints of grain, earthy hops and a touch of light citrus. quite nice and really well rounded. as you take the first sip the smoothness of it is really overwhelming. just incredible clean and light with hints of cloves and bananas that wrap around the delicate tea leaves and grains near perfectly. finishing clean with little aftertaste it was one of the most drinkable beers i have had in a long time.

overall this was a winner, put it in a can i would drink it all summer.

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Photo of tbrown4
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a snifter pour of this at the Rehoboth brew pub. Very glad to see that it was still on as I've been really in to wild ales recently.

A - Light clear orange, decent fluffy white head, quick lacing

S - Sharp spiced citrus and mild sour notes

T - Prominent tea flavors, spice notes lean toward chai. Some nice citrus notes appear towards the middle. Finishes bitter and sour.

M - Light to medium

O - Another very unique brew from DFH. I found this to be very enjoyable and easy on the palate. I'd explain this to others as a chai spiced mild sour. I'd order again and would purchase bottles if it ever got that far.

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Photo of Pahn
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DFH Brewpub in Rehoboth, DE. Served in a snifter.

(Note: if you're near the brewpub and reading this close to when I'm posting it, they are probably still selling growlers for $15, which is a great deal)

Appearance: Pours a hazy light yellow, and leaves many streaks of lacing.

Smell: Funky, Bretty tang. Earthy, almost bodily. Almost smells like a sneeze, though it's not bad (maybe my sneezes smell better than other people's, because this description seemed to gross out my drinking companions). Mild lemon.

Taste: Like a really good wild ale, watered down. The funk and tartness is turned down, but the refreshment factor is brought up, and moreso. It's like Russian River or Cambridge Brewing Company's sours are the image, and this is the thumbnail.

Great balance. Requires some rethinking of how a wild ale is supposed to taste, but the flavor *does* make sense, and it's not wholly unfamiliar. In a different beer climate, I could see this being a flagship beer that people sell cases and cases and cases of in the summer.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied, with moderately high carbonation. Smooth and watery.

Overall: Excellent flavor, packed into a 4% ABV beer that doesn't pucker your mouth off, nor stink up your room. Exemplary of the adventurousness Dogfish Head brags about, and the brewing skill. Wouldn't be a bad idea at all to brew this again and bottle it.

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Photo of nukem5
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear and lightly carbed sorry as there is little head with this one even aggressivly poured goes away rapidly.

S: Tart apples and / or cherries with a slightly sweet aroma tucked in there.

T: Sweet bready taste up front and a sour tart aftertaste much like a berliner wiess.

M: very light not heavy on the palate.

O:Very much a great pick when I got mine there were only 5 left good luck hoping to get another tomorrow.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: sour, apples, farmhouse

taste: tea, cider, apples,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: really enjoyed this beer. totally different then alot of beers DFH make.

The cpj

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Photo of Pecafaced
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler from the brewpub during the Weekend of Compelling Ales and Whatnot.

A- Poured a cloudy straw yellow from the growler and produced about a finger width of white head.

S- Initial smell was very sweet, some hints of citrus or lemon could be detected and a slight vinegar smell (probably due to the Kombucha tea).

T- The first sip produced a sweet bready flavor. There was also some tartness at the end of the sip. The lemon flavor came through as well producing a nice refreshing flavor. Some mild tea flavors were also detected The finish was balanced.

M- Mouthfeel was light and not syrup thick. Excellent carbonation

O- I was impressed with this beer. I thought it to be very refreshing. The lemon/citrus flavors along with the mild tartness and earthy made a great session beer. This would be a great summer time beer! I would love to get it again.

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Fungus Tea'Mungus from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.87 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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