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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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This barrel-aged ale is a celebration of the California autumn harvest. Brewed with heirloom pumpkins from La Tercera Farms in Bodega Bay, crisp Fuyu persimmons from Hamada Farms in the San Joaquin Valley and fresh ginger from the Santa Clara Valley, then aged for over a year in white wine barrels to create a deliciously complex wild ale. Enjoy with delicate white fish and roasted squash.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reggiedunlop (3227) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a medium white head. The aroma has some sour citrus notes...fresh orange, grapefruit, rind and lemon...just a hint of ginger and white wine. The flavor is sour up front with acidic fruits...lemony...some white wine and a faint touch of ginger...slight earthiness. The mouthfeel is light and lively and finished sour and dry yet lingering to earthy and almost vanilla. Fascinating and really tasty!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5950) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2013
375 ml bottle from breaks808. Been holding this one (hell, the whole series really) for awhile and admittedly is the one Im the most skeptical of. Oh well. Pours a near transparent golden orange hue, bubbly and well carbonated pour. A looser frothy bright white head stays as a mellow layer, laces small and sticks around as a thicker ring as time passes. A decent darker glow, the lack of any real haze makes it stand out more. Aromas show a melange of sour fruit, the white wine barrel providing white grape, melon, and citrus, the persimmon showing some acidity and the pumpkin giving and earthy type appeal. Touches of spice, gentle funk and more oaky life, the barrel showing some complexity, come into play. Nice, a bit more gentle, still a nice fruit showing. Initial is a bit tart and lactic up front, moving quickly to a more gentle sour appeal. Some persimmon, gentle citrus and decent sourness. A firmer fruit presence shows some melon, some honeysuckle, and mellow tangerine elements. Subtle persimmon, middle moves onto a nice tartness, earthy pumpkin and squash feel, that touch of ginger incorporating fairly well as we move on. Decent oak, tannic feel, white wine spritzy quality is fruity, dry. Overall, a fairly light body. Lotta honeydew, sweeter slanted white grape as we move on. Some spiciness, decent lactic yogurty feel and fairly oak forward element, but more of a decent to more mellow sour appeal as we press on. Spicy ginger, vanilla, and oak, touches of more buttery and oak forward white wine as we finish up, decent to mellow sourness still kinda sticks at that level. This beer certainly shows balance and a more subtle nature than the previous offering (#1), some nice play between elements Id never expect to work together. However, it is a bit subtle at times, showing more white wine and play between that ginger, gentle funk, and richer oak presence at times. Solid beer. A much more masterly created balance here but I really think #1 expresses itself just much better with more assertive flavors and sourness. That said, finish is the strength in this one for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (3457) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with light to medium head, didnt last much or leave behind any lacing on the glass. Aromas are a little weird with that earthy pumpkin and persimmon tannin flavor, other scents of lemon funk, oak, and white vino. Flavor is more up my alley with citrus fruits, skins, and a ginger/pumpkin finish. Very subtle on the persimmon and pumpkin notes as far as taste goes. Medium body with a good bit of carbonation. Thanks for sending me this Mike. Cheers

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1630) - Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2013
A weird, somewhat savory note in the aroma, presumably pumpkin. Light ginger element, mostly just a mediumish American sour ale with a high lactic presence. Good stuff, not close to #1 though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2033) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Straw yellow in color... Citrus tartness on the nose... Flavor is oak, citrus up front, notes of ginger, lemon tartness... Don't notice the pumpkins all that much... Solid, light and crisp on the palate... A sessionable sour ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, thanks Aaron! Hazy yellow/tangerine orange pour with thin white head, aroma has big oak, white wine, nice tannins, hints of pumpkin, spice, touch of caramel. Taste is a mix of spice, with cinnamon, nutmeg going into a slight tart fruit note, maybe the persimmons? Hints of biscuit, bread, nice lactic spice, finishing fairly bitter, oaky, fairly tart. Interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9481) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle @ home, via trade with bytemesis. Thanks Mike! Pours a hazy golden appearance with an off white head. Tart tropical fruity, passion fruity, lemon, guava, tangy, a touch funky aroma. Lightly puckering, lemon, passionfruit, light barnyard, white wine, fairly dry flavor. A fair amount of tart fruit. Not sure I really get the pumpkin. Fun beer overall but I prefer Reserve #1 a little better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2490) - Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle shared by Tony. Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Sour aromas. Pronounced persimmon notes with a pumpkin finish. Tart and sour. A bit salty. Good body and mouthfeel. An interesting combination and well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Big thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle. Hazy yellow pour with a white head. The aroma has some sour white grape notes as well as some biscuit malt and light funk. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of grape and persimmon character as well as some oak and heavy white wine notes. Light funk. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice sour. Glad I got to try it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1246) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Cloudy light yellow orange. Nose of lacto, ginger, wood, and a bit of dust. Flavors follow with a bit of pumpkin flesh showing through if you look for it, but comes through mostly as a dusty earthiness. Light ginger zing and nice tart citrus lacto finish. Very good but not of the same level as #3.


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