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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Legend has it that long ago, before the Aztecs, the god Quetz chose the Tadarida bat to care for and proliferate the fruit of Opuntia—the tuna, or prickly pear. Since then Fortuna Roja—the red-crested vanguard—has warded the little fruit from feasting predator insects and carried its pollen across countries and continents as the cacti have travelled from their source in ancient Tenochtitlan. This stunningly bright-hued beer is our homage to the efforts of the Fortuna Roja, its intense tartness curbed only by the fullness imparted by the tunas during its long torpor in oaken barrels. ¡VIVA FORTUNA ROJA! Ingredients: Pilsen & acidulated malts, raw wheat, flaked rye; Texas prickly pears; Perle hops; top-fermenting yeast; wild yeast & bacteria; natural, limestone-filtered, Edwards Aquifer H2O; love

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2015
2012 Bottling
From notes. Tasted on 1/27/13 from a capped 22oz bottle, big thanks to Curtis for sharing. Pours clear, bright pink with an average white head that leaves average lace. The nose is tart and funky with prickly pear, very interesting, with some dill American oak. The flavor is tart and funky citrus, a touch of sweetness from the prickly pear, and plenty of American oak with a hint of dill and coconut. The body is light with average carbonation and a long oaky and sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2953) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Aroma: Tart Limes, Cactus, Mild Tart Cherry Appearance: Orangish/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Most Light, White Head Ring, Mild Lacing Taste: Prickly Pear, Habaneros, Mild Cactus Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Tart

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4306) - SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
Pours clear pale amber. Aroma is sour acidy fruity lemony. Flavor a bit thin acidy sour tart lemon juice dill. Clean sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (11602) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2014
22oz bottle. Poured a reddish/pinkish tinged and hazy amberish color with a small sized off white head. I’ll be the odd man out, just something about this one that wasn’t my taste ... it wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t a huge stand out to me. Must be the pickles I was getting as I really don’t like pickles.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Smells like a pickle. Tastes like a pickle. Where’s my pork sandwich? Great beer! Clear color with no opacity!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Batch 2. Had this fresh, and now ~9 months old. Surprisingly lost a bit of red hue since then. Hmmmm.

Fruity prickly pear dances like nobody's watching. Deliciously juicy, a little sour, watermelon galore! A tad reminiscent of of watermelon Jolly Ranchers.

Unique among Amercan sours. Wish I had more than one bottle left.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (10520) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
On tap at brewpub. Pours a cloudy ruby with medium frothy pink head that diminishes quickly to nothing. The aroma is sour fruit and vinegar. Thin mouthfeel with a sour fruit and oak with tart finish. A very impressive sour ale from Freetail.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2838) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 17, 2013
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle, thanks to the Boise guys. Notes of celery, fruity, watermelon rind, vegetal, watermelon on the finish. Interesting, it has a nice personality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (7063) - Utah, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle shared by the Boise guys
Appearance: Hazy pink with a small pink head, no lacing
Aroma: Tart, sweet fruit and watermelon
Taste: Tart fruit with a dry finish
Very nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8457) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle at the 4/13 tasting. Pours an amazing color, pinkish hues with a small white head. A rich nose that really reminded me of a jolly rancher, probably watermelon. The flavor was so unique I don’t know much about cacti: sweet watermelon-like flavors, very juicy, loads of sweetness some oak. Damn nice.

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