Free Spirit No. 6

Georgia
United States
Free Spirit 6 Terrapin Coppertail Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

This is a very special collaboration between Terrapin and Coppertail Brewing co. to commemorate  Brittney Fox Watts. Brittney was lost to us but her spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of all the people she touched.

We encourage you to dabble in this collaboration ale brewed by Terrapin and Coppertail in loving memory of Brittney Fox Watts, a supporter of all things natural, sustainable, and local and an explorer of the craft beer communities of Athens, Tampa and anywhere she could travel. In true Free Spirited fashion, this sour farmhouse memorial ale celebrates her passion for anything unique, fresh, creative, and maybe a little bit crazed. This Free Spirit has a big heart, beautiful soul, and wild side. Keep an open mind and trust your palate, we believe this beer will make you pucker up and smile.

Profile

ABV: 
6.7%
IBUs: 
30
Hops: 
Warrior, Centennial, Amarillo, Mosaic
Malts: 
Two-Row, Wheat, Aromatic, Torrified Wheat
Judges Review 
Michael McGuire's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer poured a mostly clear, lightly hazy, rich orange color. The initial thick white head disappeared quickly. The aroma was complex, replete with sour notes, fruity esters and the earthy funk often found in farmhouse ales. The resulting nose was pleasantly multi-dimensional, suggestive of a stylistic hybrid. The flavor started tart and dry, with peppery notes and mild funk. The yeast contribution was not typical of strains cultivated for Belgian breweries, which might be where the "wild" in the description comes from. The beer finished mild and slightly yeasty on the palate with medium body and low carbonation.

Overall, this was an interesting and drinkable ale especially for those looking for something more experimental than standard brewery offerings. Indeed, while many farmhouse ales are brewed in Belgium, France and the U.S., no single country produces a definitive version of the style. Given its provenance in home/farm breweries in the old and new worlds, this makes sense. Drinkers who approach this particular beer with a pioneer spirit of their own will surely be rewarded.