Ballast Point Sour Wench Blackberry Ale
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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Sour Wench was a Home Brew Mart recipe that we made every year for the Southern California Home brewers Fest in Temecula. This Blackberry Ale was originally developed by Ballast Pointís original Master Brewer Peter AíHearn and Colby Chandler. While interning in Germany, Peter fell in love with the Berliner Weiss style of beer. A beer made with a procedure in which the mash was soured. The tartness of the Oregon State Marion Blackberries, at one pound per gallon, was a perfect addition for this sour style. Sour Wench is not aged in oak barrels. In the end, itís a great bridge beer into the Sour Styleís.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - OCT 11, 2007
On tap at brewery. Interesting beer, raspberry/purplish in color with faint purple head. Taste is very sour, was expecting a frutier flavor, not a big fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Draft, Purple beer with a tiny head. Sweet blackberry aroma. Blackberry, slight tart flavor with some earth. Needs more tartness. Lingering blackberry. Medium body. Not nearly as good as even LIndemannís - no where near as tart (but it also doesnít have the sweetness of LIndemannís). Itís the only beer I didnít bother to finish on a recent trip to San Diego.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
on tap at ballast pointís anniv party no head on the pour. almost like a blackberry soda not very blackberry, not very sour. for me, it needed to be torqued up a bit. it was light

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2008
A dark red beer with fully covered pink tinted froth. Aroma of cherry cake frosting and candied pineapple and cherries. Flavors tended to be more fruity than sour to the point of being fairly candy-like, with pineapple and cherry dominating. Its nice though as its a clean fruity ale with an added bonus of having a fun sour background. Itís not fairly complex by any means and the body is on the thin side...but its a fun beer and even better, its rather spritzy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 29, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 On tap@ OíBrienís: Deep purple color with a small creamy lavender head. Light sour berry aroma. Flavor starts tangy tart followed by a taste of blackberry and a light dry bitterness in the finish. Light body is watery with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2008
On tap at the Carroll Canyon location. Pours magenta with a pink head. Smells of tart raspberries. Tastes surprisingly malty along with the obvious tart but semi-sweet raspberry flavors. Medium body, semi-dry on the palate, vibrant carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - MAY 14, 2008
On tap at Hamiltonís Tavern. Pours a deep dark red hue. The nose is of course really berry infused with the sour notes popping through. The taste is a bit tart but not overly sour as I had expected. Loads of dark berries throughout with no trace of any hops whatsoever. All and all, it wasnít bad but not my favorite in the sour beer arena.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - APR 25, 2008
Didnít like this. Tasted like wine when I had it. Some sourness, very dry. Could not detect blackberries but for wine flavors, I guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Tap. Dark pink-red with a small pink head. Raspberry aroma, distinct citric tartness. Heavy raspberry flavor, mouth watering tartness. Subdued tartness fleshes out the fruit flavor. Residual fruit and pucker in the finish. Mouthfeel is light, rather dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3rd tasting @ the Stone Sour Fest 2008. Pours a clear dark pink/ red with a small off purple head. Tons of tart raspberries and blackberries on the nose. Some wood and slightly sweet berry fruits on the palate.

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