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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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3.2
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Cherry and kosher pickle nose. Sour fruit and light dill pickles. It’s not terrible or anything, just very odd.

3.1
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle shared by nimbleprop: pours a clear bright pink with a small ring of white head. Has a tart dill pickle nose and a touch of light fruits. Starts with average fullness and mild sweetness with decent tartness before a drier slightly puckering finish. Could use a little less vinegar.

3.4
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Clear salmon colored pour. Smells like a pickle - lots of dill. Similar taste. Very much like a dill pickle. Moderate sourness. Dry with some pepper. Fruity, maybe some raspberry and almost a bit fish. Really weird.

3.9
Travlr (25275) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle courtesy of nimbleprop, thank you sir! Pours cloudy pink, scant off white head. Aroma of maraschino cherries, raspberries, dusty lemons, cotton candy. Taste has a sweet cherry candy start, then tart cherries, raspberries, hint of vanilla. Very tasty.

3.7
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sending along this bomber! Kind of a wild pour, quite the luminous pink, with fairly prominent carbonation. Nose is fairly tart but also quite tropical in some sense, with just a hint of wood. Body is medium with just a mildly acetic palate. Got lots of watermelon notes in the taste along with understated tartness and a grassy finish that brought out the wood just a bit.

3.9
markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Thanks to the kind soul that opened this one at the last Tampa sour tasting. Pours a light pink with a white head. Nose is tart fruit- cherries and strawberries, cherry pits, and sour berries. Flavor is similar with some crushed aspirin, pink Jolly Rancher, and tart and sour berries. Interesting and nice light to medium-bodied sour.

4.1
j12601 (12700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle at a tasting at James’ place. Pours a beautiful ruby red grapefruit color, mostly clear, with a soft thin pink head. Soft fruit, berries, goji berry, light tartness. Lactic on the nose. Gently carbonated, lovely fuzzy berry notes, nice acid. Apparently there’s prickly pear in here. Nice. Great flavor, a wonderful amount of subtlety. Lingering acidity with a touch of funk. Absolutely beautiful. Like a wonderful imperial Berliner Weiss.

4
jtclockwork (16724) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours cranberry pink with pink head. Nose/taste of sour strawberry milk, prickly pear, gogi berry, raspberry and sweet tarts. Medium body.

2.8
llcooldave (1218) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Pretty pink red color, kinda like a dark pink champagne. Interesting sweet tart aroma with a bit of pickle juice as well. Dry upfront taste followed by a slight sour tang. Very carbonated. Overall, this isn’t really my cup of tea (or beer rather). I’m not a big fan of the style.

3.8
emacgee (4680) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Pours sharp pinkish red with one finger of off white head. Lots of watermelon candy in the nose, acidic and sweet with lots of berry and fruit character. Lightly acidic flavor with lots of watermelon and some zesty grassy notes.


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