Portsmouth Lupes Wild Thang Wild Rice Beer
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Brewed with a grass, no not that one, a wild rice. Not a large beer, but different than anything you've ever had before. 30 IBU, with end of boil Sterling hop additions to accentuate the beer with a cherry flavor - and there are no cherries used in the production of this beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4840) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Vermont Brewers’ Fest 2006, draught sample, listed as "Lupe’s Wild Thang Wild Rice" or something like that. Orangish-red body with smallish though lasting head, cloudy and full of visible yeast particles.....awesomely spicy aroma, earthy and funky (I’d swear there was brett in here, but apparently not), lots of tart cherry notes, citrus and wet clay.....the body is perfectly balanced between tart fruits and dry woody-grassy characters, creamy and soft with supple carbonation....it’s insanely drinkable, I poured my first sample down before I knew it and had to go on to another......the spicy herbal character and tart, acidic fruitiness really do remind one at times of a fruit lambic or Flemish sour and there is no greater compliment to be made. A stunner, shared best-of-fest with Alchemist Knuckle Dragger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5868) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2005
EBF05 draught. Perhaps a tie between this and the Weizenbock for my favorite beer at the fest. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this brewery and trying their beers. Blah blah blah, ok ok, enough sentiment.
Light pale-golden body, with some moderately light orange/brass tints and a fluffy white head. Slight amount of haziness and lacing. Taking a large whiff, I am reminded of tofu tossed with almonds and rice vinegar. Bittersweet alcohol esters, a sweet yet nutty yeast presence with some drying herbal and light fruit notes on the finish.

The aroma promises the drinker a voyage to a wild, uncharted frontier, while the flavor is, unfortunately, mundane. Call it the lambic-lover in me that gets excited when I see the word "wild" in a beer’s name, but I couldn’t help being a bit disappointed. Begins quite sweet, with some notes of plum and moderate caramel malt. Light sharpness from the rice grows on the palate, balancing the malt. Some honey and citrus notes come out. Ends with fruit notes, sweet malt and a bit of alcohol dryness. Sunsweet makes prunes with cherry essence added. The finish tastes remarkably similar to those. Medium body, no thinning, low to moderate carbonation. Disappointed that it was not "wild" tasting, but not disappointed in the quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2006
[bottle] Pours a clear orange-red color; a short white head dissolves quickly. Aroma is pretty quirky- kind of hoppy, but not too powerful, with some definite cherry as well. Flavors are sort of tart, a bit of acidic frutiness, but not harsh in any way. Kind of woody taste in the finish. Definitely an interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Draft at brewery. Pours hazy auburn with a tiny white head. Aroma is fruity and earthy, kind of like an abt, but with hops. Smooth mouthfeel with the taste of malt and sugary fruit that turns bitter toward the end. Interesting and good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2009
Cask Stillage at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 06/08/2009 Pineapple fruit and hop aroma. Golden coloured fruity and hoppy. A little creamy on the palate. Crisp and slightly bitter malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (2000) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 24, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2011 Had cask version dry hopped with cognac, oak chips, so I’m not sute this is properly the same beer, but still. Goden brown color, nice lacing. Boozy aroma. Flavor was lots of oak and sweet flavor that I can only attribute to cognac (I’ve never actually HAD cognac, so I wouldn’t know). Sweet and grainy, but not overly so. Oak was definitely noticeable. Good brew. RERATE. For Regular version. This was way better than the cask Cognac/Brandy/Oak version. I was actually pretty surprised by this. Beer pour a pale orange color, clear. Really fruity and sweet, but well balanced with an earthy hop kick/bite. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2005
XBF05: Cloudy orange with a large rocky white head. Sweet grass and pine in the aroma, with a spicy edge, medium bodied, starts sweet and ends less sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2007
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - GBBF2007. A copper coloured beer. Nice hoppy aroma with some perfumed notes. The taste is also hoppy. Some sticky sweet charcteristics. Polished and polish. Nice enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2008
You can definitely taste the wild rice in this, it adds a nice earthiness to the brew. The earth is contrasted with overtones of stone fruits (peach, apricot). Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22561) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
6th August 2009
Cask at GBBF. 5.2%. Very slightly hazy gold beer. Softish palate. Sweetish hops - grapefruit and pineapple. Finishes soft and semi dry. Refreshing.

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