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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Ale Aged in Wine Barrels With Cara Cara Oranges, Meyer Lemons, and Buddha’s Hand Citrons. This tart, citrus-infused wild ale is the story of a farm. In 1921, Shotaro Hamada founded Hamada Farms in the San Joaquin Valley. Today, his grandson Cliff manages 235 acres of bountiful land. Brewed with a tantalizing blend of Hamada’s winter citrus - Tart Cara Cara Oranges, sweet Meyer Lemons and fragrant Buddha’s Hand Citrons - This refreshing ale is aged in used wine barrels for over a year.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (1559) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle..Pour is golden with a thin white head..Nose is nice lemon, citrus, tart, dry barrel..Taste is nice citrus, lemon, dry, oak, nice tartness..

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4301) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2014
This one poured a hazy yellow color with a white head. Aroma was of lemones and oranges and light funk. Flavor was lemon lime kinda of, sour orange fruit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1562) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to cpetrone. Huge lemon citronella aroma, tastes sweet and tart. Medium light carb and well balanced. One of my favorites.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle shared by Jack. Another cool sour. I found this one to be a little on the sharp side with the lemon and bright citrus flavors produced by the fruits. I normally love all of these fruits on their own, but when teemed with the beer and lactic sourness it becomes a little too much for me. Still well done, and maybe it would get much better with a little age.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Sampled in a small bottle. A big time citrus brew. The sour is nicely put together. The Meyer lemon flavor is rich and long lasting. Great brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (5700) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
Bouteille de 375 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de citron avec une pointe de céréale. Apparence: La couleur est blonde voilée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de citron avec une pointe de céréale et de brett. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût citronné. (Rating #5430)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1018) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle via El Cerrito Liquor. Had this in the bottom of my fridge for WAY too long. Opened over Christmas at the beach with the inlaws. Pours a clear golden yellow with big white head. Aroma is a lemon acedic sour forward with some slight sweetness. Taste is a very dry lemon sour with some light sweetness. Again, very dry and nice generic citrus zest.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (3850) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2013
375ml bottle poured into a tasting glass. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of citrus fruits, a nice sour/tart note, pale malts, and light fruits. Flavor a great combo of sour and citrusy fruits. Average texture. A really good sour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Lemony from top to bottom, this wild brew also shows delicate brettanomyces and cereals which lead to a prevalent dryness and tartness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy blond.
-The carbonation is prickly throughout.
-This is quenching for a Wild Ale.
-The execution on this one is very professional. Although I have to say the lemon character (added lemon, not lemony from acidity or hoppiness) is too over the top for my tastes.

Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2693) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle from Tooch4321...thanks Adam! - Pours clear golden with a thin off-white. Nose is a bit plasticy and there’s a weird spice in there--coriander and cardamom maybe? Lemony on the nose, with a bit of a cleaner tinge to it. Super citrusy taste--lemons and oranges, real tart and puckering. Clean and without any of the cleaner aspects of the nose. A bit of vinegar tartness on the finish. Real soft and gentle in the mouth, with velvety carbonation.


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