Ballast Point Sour Wench - Blackberry
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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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 Point’s original Master Brewer Peter A’Hearn 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, it’s a great bridge beer into the Sour Style’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Aroma is a touch tart with hints of wheat malt and fruity blackberries. Poues dark reddish purple. The flavor is lightly tart up front with fresh unripe berry tartness followed by lightly sweet fruity notes and a hint of wheat. Nice carbonation. Rather refreshing and easy to drink too.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gaffandbleed (12) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Pours purple. Not much head, more like a sparkling cider. Tastes more like a cider than a beer too. Not my style. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (4884) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
On tap at the brewmart location. Good fruit beer, pretty juicy with lots of blackberry flavor. Only slightly sour, just enough to give a tart berry flavor. Grain, blackberries, blackberry seeds, light malt. Hazy red purple pour, white head. Decent for a fruit beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Draft at Downtown Johnny Browns. Pours a deep cranberry. Noise is a watery blackberry. Flavors are also watery juice, blackberry seeds, and a bit of soap. Flavors are off to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2229) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 16, 2009
On tap @ Home Brew Mart: Aroma was packed with a whole basket or should I say taste cup full of dark berry like fruit. The appearance was a glowing purple with a tiny film covering of head but quickly dissipated and left behind a topless beer. The flavor wasn’t as promising as the aroma had lead me to believe and was actually quite tart and sour which reminded me of the gueze vintage, but just a tad bit fruitier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Poured purple with a red hue. Thin off white / pink head Smelled of fruits, cherries, berries, blackberry, etc. Taste was not sour at all, just a hint of tartness, mostly just lots of sweet berries with a splash of tart cherry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Tap at the Old Grove location. Dark purple/pink color with a frothy pink head. Aroma is light berries, flavor is similar, slightly dry, with just a hint of tartness, more berry than anything though, not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
On draft at Hamilton’s. Appearance is a cranberry red hue, interesting foamy pools of pink-red bubbles, minimal lacing. Smell is sugary sweetness mostly, tart candy, jolly ranchers, light fruit, cherries, vanilla, blackberries, fairly subtle overall. Taste is initially a light kool-aid sweetness almost, definite overtones of berries and tartness, some chalky residue and vinegar in the middle, finishes with bubbly light fruit, absence of any noticeable sourness here. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery texture, Pellegrino-like carbonation lingers long after the finish and is distracting. Drinkability is low, an interesting fruit beer that is somewhat tart but totally lacking in true sourness, the tartness reminds me of Alpine’s Ichabod (but that one was also much sourer), the carbonation was also too powerful. I get the feeling that in a blind taste I would take this to be a berry kool-aid with selzer water and a touch of alcohol. I’m not a fan, but this could be a refreshing drink on a hot day.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (10077) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Draft... RBSG ‘08... Lightly hazed red ale with a small, creamy, pink head. Decent retention. Earthy, mildly fruity nose. Light-bodied with Champagne-like carbonation. Stingy with the berries, but pretty darned sour with almost no residual sweetness. Finishes crisp and tart, and then dries out at the very end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Tasted on tap at O’Briens. This fruit beer pours a medium purple color from the tap. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is blackberry, malt and some funk. A medium bodied fruit beer. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are earthy. Nice blackberry flavors, very clean and semi-sweet. There is a touch of funk and tartness but not that much. Nice balance. Good carbonation. It’s very good as a fruit beer, not so much as a sour beer. The funk is there, but very subdued. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a slight touch of sourness.

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