Askew | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with Saccharomyces cerevisae and Brettanomyces. Transferred to oak foudre after initial fermentation. Foudre has previously gone through a spontaneous fermentation.

Added by ChugginOil on 05-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ThirstyHerf
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from Blind BIF 6, bottle # 5 Cork and Caged 500ml Poured into my Half Acre Tulip
Ive had the cage off for about 10 minutes while finishing up an email and cork has nearly worked its way out. Fantastic "POP" as the cork relieves itself of it's duties.

A Pours a slightly straw but burnt orange color. About a finger and half of a creamy white head, not quite the brilliant head your find with Brett but close, it could be the light. The head has receded back to about a finger of fizzy foam. No noted dregs. As i swirl this gorgeous liquid, the head instantly reappears and then receded back to about a finger. Plenty of little effervescent bubbles coming from the bottom of this one. 4.5

S I am immediately aware this is either a Gueuze or Lambic. The stable "acidic" smells associated with a sour are screaming at my nose. The smell of soured grapes, funk, wine & musk are all present. 4.5

T Fantastic! The flavor lends to quite a bit to the nose and I convinced this is a Gueuze or unblended Lambic. Wine barrel, brett, lactic acid, pedio funk, lemons, soured cherries, oranges and a bit of leather. At the end, just after the sour begins to fade I pick up more plum and a bit of apple. 5

M This is exactly how this beer should be and the effervescent bubbles dance on the tongue making my mouth happy. light, crisp and creamy all at the same time. 5

O I love this beer. This is something i would normally take to a tasting to share with friends and only get a couple ounces of. Having a full glass is great! Time to find out what it is i'm about to propose to. 4.75 should be an option

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage; drank 2/26/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Hazy orange appearance.

Minimal off-white head; minimal lace.

Mildly tart strawberry nose; intoxicating!

Medium mouthfeel.

Mildly tart strawberry flavor up front; nice sweet strawberry finish, crisp & dry. A delicious, balanced sour. I never had this fresh, but it certainly aged wonderfully.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass

A: Pours a very hazy light amber color with a finger of nice foamy head that lingers nicely
S: strong scent reminiscent of wine, grapes and a sweetness similar to apples
T: pretty indescribable, sweetness, sourness, a slight cold bite that hits at the first sip, overall really nice
M: hits strong at the start but smooths out immediately and at the end, there is nothing left to even remind you you had taken a drink
O: really a great brew, not as wholely offensive as other sours Ive had and really finishes up smoothly

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Photo of fear025
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:There's a little bit of balsamic vinegar along with other sour aromas. I also get some apple and grape skin. It's got a lot of complexity for a sour beer.

Appearance:Honey colored, low amount of head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing.

Taste:Great mild sour flavors on the foretaste of this beer. I taste grapeskin, red currant, rhubarb, apple or kumquat. This beer is a little strange for me because it actually gets more sour the more I drink. Also, depending on where it hits your tongue, some sweet apple flavors shine through more. The aftertaste has a strong nutty flavor, which is also odd in a sour beer.

Mouthfeel:The body on this beer is light to medium. It has some harsh astringency throughout, peaking on the aftertaste in the back of my throat.

Overall:Overall this is a wonderful easy-drinking sour beer with a lot of complexity. The mildness of it's sour flavors really lets the base beer grains show through as well.

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Photo of uberez8
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I thought I had missed out on this beer but got lucky to hear Two Brothers had it on tap at Small Bar during Chicago's craft beer week. Really glad I made the drive now.

It came out with a thin head and beautiful copper red body. The smell and aroma from the beer was amazing; I picked up strong scents of green apple and lemon. The flavor was just as wonderful with a powerful, tart flavor balanced with a light, sweet finish. The complexity of sourness seemed to change and become more interesting the further I got into the glass, going from a slight vinegar finish after each sip to almost a floral flavor all around at the end of the glass. The only thing I felt was it could use a little more carbonation to balance the tart flavor and make it more perky.

Overall it was like a delicious whiskey sour in the form of a complex, well made wild ale. I have to say I am more than impressed with this offering by Two Brothers and almost upset with them that this is a one time brew. If I could buy this year round it would always be stocked in my refrigerator.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml gueuze-style green bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York. Brought back to Sydney to drink with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a slightly hazed and chunkily sediment-disturbed orange-gold, very similar to a gueuze in this regard, with a crackling and alive head of fine white bubbles. Lacing is stretchy and patchy. Decent body, but almost no visible carbonation, which is surprising.

Nose is sharp and astringent, with big bold acidic tartness. It's slightly like very acidic fruit juice, and less of the robust, funky, rubbery characters you get off a good gueuze, but it really reminds me more of the Belgian style sour beers than the duskier, fuller American Wilds.

Taste is actually very pleasant, without a big spike of acidity, but without the too-full slightly sweet body that can sometimes come from a half-assed AWA. Here we have a pleasantly tart fruit character, with a crisp finish and lovely light mouthfeel that sharpens and directs the flavour into all the right zones. Exceptionally smooth for the sharpness and tartness; it softens the palate while staying exceptionally drinkable and refreshing.

Awesome American Wild: probably fair to say the best I've had that didn't come from Russian River. The crisp drinkability and the directness of the acidity really hark back to the canonical Belgian lambics, but the smoothness on the palate gives it that vault into the new world.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- An orange hued amber brew that pour to a one finger off white head which dissipates rapidly into a thin skim, leaving spotty random lacing.

S -- As soon as it was poured from the bottle, I could smell the acid on this one. Pungent sour cherries, acid, and currant surface on the nose.

T -- First taste is highly acidic, sour cherry lemon / citrus zest are dominant. Light oak and earth, herbal tones work to balance the back end after a few sips. The overpowering flavors here are acid and earth, with afterthoughts of citrus and oak.

M -- Medium body with light carbonation, with a long, puckering linger.

D -- Solid brew, worth a try for the sour fiends out there. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but I enjoy the style. For the uninitiated, this would turn them completely off to the style. If you are like me, buy it.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(A) Has a slightly cloudy orange color to it with there being some spots of brown in the deeper areas. Produces a thin white head.

(S) Vinegar, brett, sourness, citrus, some gueuze and oude bruin aspects. Definitely has light fruits like pear, apple, and grape in it.

(T) The vinegar sense is right up front with a mix of green apple and white grape. Has a fruity tartness. There is some pear that makes it's way in at the end.

(M) It's a pretty thin beer that isn't as dry as a lot of the other sours that I've had.

(O) This was a surprise, especially from Two Brothers. This is really good but I can see this being even better with time on it.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden hue. Produced a nice cap of tan froth that dissipated. Some lacing. Loving the color of this.

(S)- A nice mild acidic vinegar. Some tart fruits of lemon and white grape skins and granny smith apple and pear. Very nice smell. Some funk in the oak nuances.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice fruit profile with a mild acidity and sourness. Finishes smooth and mild oak funk.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. A nice mild acidity and sourness and fruit. The oak nuances are nice.

(D)- This is just plain enjoyable. Getting mixed reviews, but a great drinking sour; not super sour or funky, but I genuinely look forward to see how this develops further with age cause this here has the makings to be really amazing down the road. Crisp and refreshing, I could easily drink a whole 750mL bottle of this if it came in that size. It is relatively young in the bottle at this point, but its just fantastic for a mild sour and GREAT for the warmer weather creeping up on us. I for one was extremely impressed with this from Two Brothers!

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First one off the tap at Two Brothers in Warrenville

This beautiful sour settles a hazy copper orange with an inch of whitle fluffy head that dissipates quickly, leaving spotted lacing throughout.

The nose is full of vinager with quite a bit of sweet and earhty notes. Smells quite sour and I preparing myself for a tart beverage.

The taste is a tart, earhty, barely sweet, and quite the experience. The tartness subsides and opens up to some nutty flavors that reside on my palate for quite some time.

The mouthfeel is quite tart up front, lip smackingly so, and then dry on the finish. Very tart

Overall, quite the treat to say the least. I'm very thankful to have been able to try this very limited release sour (10 cases). Very tasty and tart. Everything I want in a sour.

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Photo of PlinyTheKid
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pleasant and pretty interesting beer. Pours a golden-orange color. Doesn't have much of a head, but still has a decent carbonation upon drinking. It has smells of lemon and mainly apricots. Extremely tart at the first sip. Very strong apricot/citrus notes... Not much funk, just very lemon-like aromas. Very drinkable though. Gonna let this one sit in the bottle for a little longer. Aging is preferred. Definitely worth getting one in your hands.

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Photo of osusullins
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to have this on draft during craft beer week in chicago. I have since had it several times from a bottle poured into a tulip glass.

The fact that it took three years to brew this opus shows the amount of craftsmanship the brothers put into their beers. Much respect.

This beer is one of the best sours I have ever had. Pours a golden haze. Very little head.

The aroma is vinegar/sour with hints of funk and vanilla. Very subtle notes of white grape.

High level of astringency. Very sour. Not much carbonation. The vanilla and grape come through nicely. There is alot going on with this beer. It really plays on the tongue. My palate grabs something different each time I drink this. I find it very enjoyable. I love this brewery.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for cracking this.

Pours a light fizzy head dark orange peach hazy color.

Nose has a nice sour malt, tart cherries and fruit, great sour tart malts, hint of lacto, great fruit, hint of wild funk.

Taste is great, tart sour funk, sour fruit, tangy lacto and bit acidic, sour cherry and light lemon and other fruits, a bit sticky, a light oak and vanilla round the flavors off. A long sticky finish with sour tart fruit and a little malt lingers.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, little carbonation but decent.

Overall great, nice tart sour fruit flavors, light lacto and funk, acidity is balanced well, nice light oak and vanilla rounded flavors.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip, no bottle date, but picked this up when it was released in 2011. Pours slightly hazy pale orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Spotty lacing on the glass, and a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big tart apple, cherry, cider vinegar, spiciness, hay, grape, lemon, oak, and funk. Very nice aromas with great balance of everything. Nothing is too overpowering. Taste of big tart apple, cherry, grape, lemon, pear, spiciness, grass, earthiness, light vinegar, and oak. Nice tart and sour finish; with some lingering notes of apple, grape, vinegar, spiciness, and earthiness. Very nice balance of sweetness with the acidity. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice crisp and acidic mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed at all as expected from the style. Overall this is an outstanding and well balanced American wild ale. Very complex and smooth drinking despite the acidity.

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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, straight down the middle. Half an inch of crackling white foam rose up and receded after a few minutes, soon resembling filtered cider in the glass. Some irregular bits of spotty lace clung to the sides here and there. Sunset orange tone, good clarity with a very slight haze. It glints gold when it catches the light.

Lightly acetic cider nose, white wine vinegar, funky apple orchard, lemon and lime zest. Fruit forward and with a sharp hint of acidity.

Fruity taste with a moderately sour, acetic bite. Juicy apple, lemon, sour grape, some crabapple sharpness. Clean and effervescent, it dries up quickly, with a hint of Brett, crackery malt, and wet barrel oak in the dry aftertaste. Flavor is fruity and fairly complex, the woody hint in the aftertaste is pleasant too. Carbonation is light, and it has a fairly vinous character to it. Quenching and tasty.

Great to finally see Two Brothers bottle a sour ale from their foudres. Askew was even more enjoyable than previous wild ales Opus 10 and Philosophers Stone (though all were different stylistically). Hope this is a sign of more sour things to come...

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Photo of ferrari29
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a golden colored body; white head held very well; well carbonated presence; lots of sticky lacing formed on the sides of the glass

S - Sour grapes; vinegar; ketchup; olive; almost no malty smell to this but very true to it Wild Ale form

T - Sour grapes; olive (in a light vinegar brine); champagne sweetness; no malt

M - Watery; very tangly and makes the palate active with effervescent activity; packed with sour flavors; dry and crisp finish

D - Great stuff; I'll definitely have another; feels like a deep and fulfilling challenge for my palate; I love this kind of stuff; make more, please!

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Photo of machostacos
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from caged and corked 12.7oz (very heavy) green bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a golden amber, a little hazy, with a finger or two of somewhat soapy head that leaves quickly. Incredibly effervescent! My first thought was "this looks like champagne" - and it really does.

S: Wow - immediately gets my mouth watering. VERY tart and puckery-smelling. Zippy. Tart apples, lemon meringue, and acetone mostly. I get a little oakiness and some peppery alcohol peeking through as well.

T: Very puckering tartness and sourness - like the Warhead candy :) A big flash of lemony acetone in the middle, finishing quickly. Some unidentified herbal spice character is hidden in there somewhere as well. Aftertaste is light, lemony, and biscuity. It's strange to think that something so similar to nail polish remover and Lemon Pledge would be so tasty!

M: Nice, medium-light body. A little slick and oily. Very tart and puckering - this'll make you gleak! Bubbly, crisp, refreshing.

O: Only my second sour, and my favorite thus far (ha.) Incredibly drinkable, less accessible, but hardly offensive in any way. On the contrary, in fact - very crisp and tart and refreshing. A lovely sour, and certainly one you should try whether you like sours or not.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in the Regional GIF. Thanks

Pours a rosy sort of amber color. Thin white head dissipated to film. Slight lacing.

Aroma is nice. Very funky and tart. Lemon. Smells great.

Taste is more funky than tart although it has a decent funk. Reminds me of a straight lambic or Geuze that could use some years to develop.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry as it should be. High carb.

Overall a tasty sour. Needs some age IMO but still good.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with a small white creamy head. Decent retention and lacing.

Lots of lemon and a bit of cherry in the nose. Heavy funk with a little horse blanket.

Some apple and lemon up front. A little bit of cherry and a ton of bretty funk. Sourness grips the back of the tongue and finishes oaky and dry.

Medium to light bodied with good carbonation.

A pleasant American sour. I like dry oaky sours and this one fits the bill. I can feel the enamel ripping off my teeth, but it doesn't taste over vinegary. Glad we have a midwest brewery doing good sours.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml caged and corked bottle into a Porterhouse, Dublin tulip.

A: It pours a reddish-gold with some quickly fading head.

S: Blast of sharp funk and wild yeasts; a bit of sweetness and fruits as well.

T: Sour, acidic aspect takes center-stage, but is contained. There is actually a surprising amount of residual sweetness (for the style) and a bit of oak woodiness from the foundres.

D: The complexity and wild aspects forces the drinker to slow down and savor this one, which is good.

Overall: A surprising success for Two Brothers! This is a great little wild ale that is bursting with enough sourness and acidic vinegar notes thank funkheads will get their fix, but it also has enough sweetness to make it an entry-level sour. If only it were a bit cheaper...

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Photo of ManVersusBeer
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light peach, mildly clear, and bulbous. There is good carbonation flowing and a line of white head.
Great sour smell of salt, earth, honey notes, and aged cheese rind.
Smooth and creamy with less bite than the smell. Quite good saltiness, sour honey hints with the sour candied lemon peel.
This has a solid tang and zest with excellent flavor that is not mouth puckering and not too creamy. Askew shows a nice body and is really quality work on the wild/sours style.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 07/29/11 notes. Received in the Gang Bang BIF courtesy of the Chicago group; thanks guys! Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a SAVOR snifter.

a - Pours a clear orange-golden color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, brett, light oak or wood, and some light vinegar. Definitely a lot of funk and sour fruits in the nose; really great.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, brett, oak, fruity malts, vinegar and acedic notes. Again, very nice, but not quite as great as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Lightly acedic, but still pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall this was one of my favorites of the tasting and the biggest surprise. Loads of funky brett and sour fruits; a really great sour. If I could buy this on the shelf I'd definitely buy a few of them. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for giving me this one a semi-recent MASSIVE in-person trade when he came down to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy golden orange with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, vinegar, dark fruit, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, wood, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. When I smelled the vinegar in the nose I was a little concerned at how this one was going to turn out. However, it was not present in the flavor which was nice. What I did find in the flavor was a very nicely balanced sweetness and tartness that made this one very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. My first brew from this brewery that I know of, and I hope it won't be my last. A very solid brew here.

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Photo of drewba
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like barely carbonated apple juice - Off orange with red and green tints. Pours with a super tiny head, then almost no bubbles for the duration of the beer. Somewhat boring.

S - Tart and sweet apples, peach, hints of caramel and bread, a tiny bit of vinegar and nail polish remover in the end.

T - Sweet and tart green apple, red apple, hint of berries, sour patch kids, soft caramel and butter, more of that peach found in the smell and some mouth puckering apple cider vinegar and lemon/orange zest. Some vinegar sticking in the back of the my throat is the only really criticism here.

M - Medium bodied, but it's syrupy with a fairly low level of carbonation. It hangs around in your mouth for a bit and leaves the ol' mouth dry.

O - I was pretty happy with this - I enjoyed the mix of sweet, tart and sour. I'm interested to see what some age would do to it, hopefully mellow out some of that vinegar harshness. In my opinion, this is the best thing that two brothers has put out in the 375 format thus far.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a burnt orange into my tulip glass with about half a finger of slight white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Tart fruits, hints of white wine vinegar, oak, floral notes. To be more descriptive about the fruit aromas, as the beer warms up I detect, granny smith apple and lemon zest.

Taste – An immediate pucker, though not terribly tart/sour (but more than I was expecting after reading a few reviews). The slight vinegar flavor melts with the tart apple and lemon up front. The fruits fall off to a lighter floral side, though the malty vinegar taste continues on. The sip ends with a slight sweet backbone mixed with oaky earthy notes.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, slight prickly carbonation, finishes clean.

Overall – Honestly, not a bad beer. I am not a “homer” by any means – I just moved to IL from CA and have never really had many beers by Two Brothers. For their first real attempt at this style, it is better than expected. Is this Russian River? No, but the fact that I live twenty minutes from these guys and they are at least dabbling in the style makes me happy knowing in the near future we could have some more local American Wild Ale’s available. I am definitely going to pick up a few more of these and let them age for a bit to see how the beer develops. Also, at nine dollars, it isn’t horribly expensive and there really isn’t much else in this style around the area that can be had cheaper (reviewer below me, let me know what other sours are cheaper than nine dollars a 12.7oz around here!)

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Askew from Two Brothers Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 169 ratings.
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