Off Color Wari Chicha de Molle Inspired Ale

RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
We have some friends over at the Field Museum because they like animals and beer and stuff and we like animals and beer and stuff. We started saying we should work on making different beers together from countries other than England and Germany. It just so happened Dr. Ryan Williams was part of a team who discovered an ancient brewery in Cerro Baúl, Peru. They found a mill, boiling and fermenting vats and remnants of molle berries all around the brewery. You can read about it here. So we thought it would be fun to try to make a beer inspired by the ancient drink known as chicha de molle. All we had to do was import some purple corn from Peru, mill it up, spice it with molle berries and pump the beer into the closest thing we had to a ceramic vat, which is our old, beat up lactobacillus tank. What came out was a beer-like drink with a dry, grainy funk and pepper spiciness, plus it was deep purple in color with pink foam lacing. Made us wonder if the Wari’s wished they drank out of glassware rather than ceramics.

Gravity: 11 P
Malts: Pils, Peruvian Purple Corn, Honey Malt
Hops: The Green Kind
Secret Ingredient: Molle Berries, Excavation

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Scipio (1180) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2017
Pours a cool looking pinkish red with a medium white head. The nose is tart and heavy in raspberry, with some honey and a slight earthy quality. The taste is tart as well though on a beer tartness scale, I'd say its pretty low. Dry and sweet also. Just like the aroma, this one offers raspberry and honey. Minor yeast and slight peppery and earthy elements are found as well. Raspberry finish. Light in body and thin in texture. This one is an interesting concept and its kind of fun to drink. But I don't think its anything special.

j12601 (13028) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2017
Pouring at the Well after Where The Wild Beers Are VII (2016). Pours a hazed amber with a bit of a ruby tone, with a thin white head. Big plums and prunes and malt on the nose, floral, fruit, malt and berries. Medium bodied, malty and sweet, with some acid. Chewy malt, fruit. Tangy acid.

deyholla (12031) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2017
Sampled from the tap at GTMW 2016. Pours a clear light pink with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount dark red fruit, grass, corn and some sweet grains supporting. Flavor has sweet light fruits, corn, some grass and a hint of sweetness.

Dfonorow (2250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle. Pour is pink/brown with small off-white head. Notes of cornmeal, nuts, berries, and tart fruit.

joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 19, 2016
Bottle. It pours a reddish color with a fizzy pink head. The aroma has light raspberry, cranberry and some wheat. The flavor is pleasant with raspberry and cranberry tartness. Pretty authentic flavor with a hint of corn. Very fizzy and light bodied. Interesting stuff.

tgncc (3140) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 12, 2016
Crazy sour, acidic, gym socks, berries on the nose. Flavor follows, a tad more sweet berries. Pink red pour. Thin body. Acidic sour aftertaste. Cool to try, but a one off for me.

MetalNHopHead (2127) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2016
My first Chicha courtesy of panicaholic. Being my first - and so far, my only - beer of this type, I have no idea how authentic Chicha is in terms of being true to the traditional style. I must say that I enjoyed it. Not very complex, but there’s a lot of corn and berry sweetness. Definitely a light body. Extremely refreshing and damn easy to throw back. In many ways, this is a beer you drink almost entirely for the experience. It’s the chance to enjoy a unique take on something from history, and that’s pretty cool.

ineedbeer (2232) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 3, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Aroma is slightly acidic with some nice citrus notes. A bit of a corn character with some berry notes, but the berries are light. The berries have a light, tropical fruit quality to them. Pours a slightly hazy, bright pinkish red with a small, thin, white head that recedes to the edges where it lingers for a bit. No lacing or legs. Flavor is slightly acidic and crisp with a light sweetness. Some light corn notes. Moderate berry character. A light tropical fruit and citrus note. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium high carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a unique beer. Corn and berries with some light acidity and citrus notes. Berries have a very unique and bright flavor to them.

HuskerTan (2337) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - APR 2, 2016
Bottle. A- Corn, berries, tart. A- Dark pink color, clear liquid, minimal white head. T- Tart, acidic, corn, berries, sweet. P- Light body, average texture, medium carbonation, O- More of a novelty that I was glad to try more than anything. Very tart and acidic. I could drink it put a bottle would be enough.

mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2016
Clear pink/Red Pour with no head, Nose is like Corn Nuts with a very faint sour smell Sweet, Tart, almost raspberry flavor. Light body Sticky and Sweet finish. Unique beer style. Had to try it.

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