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Ballast Point Sour Wench Blackberry Ale
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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   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.


3.3
   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.

4
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.5
   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.

2.2
   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.

3.1
   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

2.7
   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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (6849) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Sampled during the First Annual Stone Sour Fest. Another favorite of the day. Clear coppery purple color with a really nice head. The citrusy aromas were berry berry fruity. More berry on the flavor. Not as sour as the name would have you believe. Nice hop finish with blackberry infused. I really like it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2007
draft. dark purple/cherry with a lasting pink head. aroma of sweet vinegar. a nice light tart with flavor of blackberries, raspberries, vinegar and mellow yeast. finishes pleasantly dry. more body (malt) than your average fruit beer which makes it interesting but a little light on the wheat and heavy on the sweet for my taste. its more refined than a lindemans but nothing approaching an ephemere.


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