Ballast Point Sour Wench - Blackberry
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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (9891) - 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 (5319) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2008
On tap At O’Brien’s in San Diego on 08/01/2008 on the RBSG Friday Pub Crawl. Cloudy red body with a medium frothy pink head. Vinegar and fruity aroma. Very dry fruit flavor, fades into fruit punch. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (33547) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
From tap at OBrians. Pours hazy to murky purple with a creamy pink head. Mild acidic and spiced blackberry aroma. Flavour is quite acidic/citric with a nice berry fruity flavour. Lingering fruity and citric finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Sampled at O’Briens - RBSG ’08. Pours murky, cloudy dark red/cranberry with a light pink head. There’s a hint of Hawaiian Punch juice in the nose along with berries, of course. Fairly tart with notes of raspberry and blackberry - medium sourness (no brett/funk, really). There’s a little sweetness in there, but not too much. Pretty well-attenuated, medium/light body with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
~RBSG ’08~

On tap at O’Brien’s. Pours a bright pinkish red, with creamy pink head and thick filmy lacing. Blackberry nose, vanilla, some slight tart notes. Tart cherries and blackberries in the flavor, heavy malt backbone, dry finish. Basic but good, nice and balanced, not too tart. Could pound a lot of these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
red body with a light red head.nice blend of blackberry,cherry and funk.very smooth and a bit light in the palate category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Pours a dark red maroon, with a big, foamy, purple/pink head. Smells pretty fruity, grapes and plums really stand out. Some light acidity is noticeable as well. The flavor was tart, but wouldnt call it sour. Very much on the fruity side, with almost a vinuous wine-like consistency to it. Almost like a poor man’s Bon Chien 05, but not nearly as intense or well crafted. Not that great, but drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Tap @ O’Briens. Poured a hazed red with a light pink head. The aroma is of sweet and mildly tart raspberry. The flavor has just a hint of tartness. So much for the name. Also some wheaty notes with mild raspberry. Light bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Looks like bubbly cranberry juice with a big, rock pink head. Sweet rasberry nose. Refreshingly sour taste. Lots of rasberry more than blackberry flavors with a sweet malt back. Approaches the taste of a rasberry cobbler, but without the sugar. At least it made it fun to try something differrent.

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