Off Color Wari Chicha de Molle Inspired Ale

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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.5
slowrunner77 (13004) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 5, 2017
I don't know how this is chicha-inspired (just cause it's a corn base) but it's a musty lightly sour ale with some generic berry notes. Wasn't a fan. A little too ketchup/vinegar like for my tastes, which really didn't work well in a light sweetish beer.

3.8
nuplastikk (6477) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2017
12oz bottle. Orange-red body. Thin pink-beige head. A really nice, different beer. Medium bodied, easy drinking, well balanced. Pleasant lacto tones, not overboard but ever-present. The berry tone is there as well, adding a mild umami-type pepper tone. Well executed, tasty beer.

3
AirForceHops (7910) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2017
Draft at the Mouse Trap, Chicago. Interesting purple looking appearance, small head. Read about how they make this in Peru. Tastes like someone chewed and spit this into the mash... ha ha no, just not for me. Mild lacto, floral, sour, harsh medicinal aftertaste. This sour is not for me but the Brewers overall, I really respect.

3.4
DrnkMcDermott (3160) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2017
Whole Foods Wheaton, in 8 oz goblet. This shows a unique pinkish brown with a very thin and short-lived. The smell starts with a whiff of cooked corn, but then shows a simple malt nose. The taste is most definitely tart. Off Color's description says they fermented the brew in their ceramic-lined lactobacillus tank, fitting the belief that ancient American beverages might have started by having women chew on maize kernels and spit them into the fermenter, meaning there's lots of bacteria doing the fermenting. Yes, sour. That's what they were going for, I think. After the initial shock of its tartness wears off, it shows some fruity character, like a sour cherry juice. More sour than funk, and it's quite pleasant. Hey, as a home brewer, I've had a batch or two get contaminated by bacteria, and the results were more than drinkable. So my total rating is more than the sum of its components.

1.9
ehaak26 (725) - - OCT 22, 2017
Bottle from beers of the world. Pours a real nice purple with pink head. Just tasted too soda-like for me.

3.4
Scipio (1241) - 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.

3.7
j12601 (13189) - 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.

3.5
deyholla (12455) - 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.

3.2
Dfonorow (2274) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle. Pour is pink/brown with small off-white head. Notes of cornmeal, nuts, berries, and tart fruit.

3.3
joeneugs (6372) - 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.


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