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Almanac Dogpatch Strawberry

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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Swanton Berry Farm is nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Warmed by the summer sun during the day and cooled by humid marine breezes at night, Swanton’s fields grow some of the sweetest strawberries in California. We hoarded these magical berries and added them to our Dogpatch Sour ale before aging it in used wine barrels. This complex beer is our ode to the fertile coastal farmlands of California.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (4921) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2016
Bottle (375 ml). Thanks to Marcus for this one! Already 2 years old I think. Clear copper with a small quickly vanishing white head leaving not much lacing. Aroma is intensely strawberry forward and it comes out the right way which isn’t always the case with strawberry beers, white wine, oak, mild spiciness, white wine, hints of tomatoes, mild vegetal notes and caramel. Taste is quite sour but not too puckering with lots of strawberries, lean maltiness, mild spiciness, vegetal notes, white wine and a touch of alcohol. Medium body. Soft to moderate carbonation. Moderately puckering finish with loads of fruits and a mild but nice warming alcohol presence. I should have drank this one a bit earlier to try it less sour and even more strawberry forward but it’s still pretty good nonetheless, rather well balanced and quite tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (1215) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 4, 2016
An impressively full bodied ’sour’ that is one of the best examples of the style (over the top American) I have had.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (9222) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Bottle. Slightly hazy amber pour. Strawberry and some wine barrel aroma. Asshole puckering tart and sour taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (1092) - Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Pours a bright transparent red color. A foamy bubbly white head. Very nice strawberry aroma. Quite tart. A nice true berry flavor. Very clean crisp flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4127) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2015
May 2014 bottle date; Sampled June 2014
A steady pour into my teku glass produces an almost three-finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber hue that shows a hazy, slightly red tinged, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of fermented strawberries (not quite as piquant as fresh ripe ones), with a touch of woody oak character, maybe some soft vanillin, a soft tartness, and a musty, not quite musky, funkiness. The last has a touch of phenolic plastic like character to it. As the beer warms up a bit of grain character starts to come out in the aroma with touches of sunbaked hay, and perhaps an ephemeral cracker like note.

The beer tastes a bit more tart than it smells, and this melds with an astringent, woody, oak character in the finish. The fruit character and the barrel character make this evocative of a oaky white wine in some ways. The fruit character is not overly strawberry laden, in fact if this wasn’t labeled as a strawberry beer I wouldn’t necessarily say the fruit was used here; having said that, there is a distinct strawberry flavor here, but it doesn’t hit you over the head. There is a spiciness to the acidity here, it is mostly lactic in character, but I am not sure if the spiciness comes from the strawberries, or just a hint of acetic acid. The finish is a mix of musty, earthy, wild fermentation character, and a dry, musty, woody oak flavor. The wild notes in the finish have hints of phenolic plastic character, perhaps a hint of medicinal, but predominantly musty and sour. The malt character provides a bit of sunbaked grain character, as well as a touch of whole grain cracker, but both of these are fairly subtle.

This is a pretty nice Sour Ale; I like that it has just a touch of funkiness to it, this melds well with the oak, and keeps this from being simplistic. This was actually much better than I was expecting.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7744) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2015
That can’t be official! .. . Pours out a deep ruby .. Foam from Mars .. Strawberry and tart funk .. Fun and interesting, which is nothing like my friend Buddy. He only likes to play with worms..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4567) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2015
I got the bottom so the pour was murky. Light coppery pour with an offwhite head. Tart aroma with fruity and tropical notes. Estery with a subtle strawberry character. Funky and barnyard with a light chalky character. Light body and a dry/tart finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (4119) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - AUG 17, 2015
Pours an hazy orange with a beige head, aroma of brett, fruits, lemon, peach, strawberry, flavor is sour with Brett, peach, strawberry, lemon, medium bodied, nice.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Paigeturner (101) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Awesome sour and fruits in aroma. Very tart initially. Great strawberry in nose and flavor. Finishes very dry and wine like. Great brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (5273) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 6, 2015
On tap at prefunk Boise. Pours out a hazy amber red topped with a nice head. Nose is tart acidic notes strawberries and some vanilla. Taste is more of the tart acid not strawberry balsamic vinegar but pretty tart and lots of pucker.


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