Ballast Point Sour Wench - Blackberry
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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1874) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Draft at Khyber Pass. Hazy dark orange pour with a foamy tan head. Some lacing at the start. Mild fruity sour. Thankfully not sweet. Tasting the full unfiltered blackberries - stems, seeds, the lot. Feels like a slightly toasted wheat beer in the background. Buttermilk biscuits with blackberry jam. Maybe a little black cherry in there as well. Bit watery. Not bad, but I have had way too many better sours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thome50 (1181) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Pours a slight red to brown with no head. Aroma of berry and maltiness but really a mess for whatever reason. Taste is just middle of the road in terms of fruit forward and sour. Some straw but nothing defining this beer from a cheap Bevmo contract brew "sour".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyCraft (3697) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Draft at Bainbridge, pours a cranberry cloudy red with fizzy clearish head, aromas of really unique and weird funk, cheese, blackberry, ultra funky yeast. Taste is very funky, underripe bannana, berries, wheat, lots of sour yeasts and vinegar. Ok, but just way too out there for a sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Aroma of tart blackberry, stilton cheese, magic marker. Pours hazy purple with bubble film. Taste is clean with light blackberry, slight blue cheese and cellar funk. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tinco (581) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2012
Red murky, no head, small murky bubbles. Aomra is malty, slightly sour, berries. Taste like sweet berry juice, raspberry, slightly tart, nut, wild berries, very refreshing, wheat, decarbonated sourness. Not too awesome but still enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3835) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2012
awesome under notes of black berries. Mildly sour. Light refreshing. Excellent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - SEP 23, 2012
A good beer. Not terribly puckering but refreshing and zingy. Pours yellow aroma of blackberry and hints of citrus. Taste is clean and blackberry with subtle pucker. would drink again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcartamdg (2331) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2012
pours deep purple with no head. Aroma of blackberries. Taste follows, tastes like candy, sweet and fruity, and then sour. really tasty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skmikeg (1160) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Taster at Old Grove brewery. Pours a dark purple-red with a soapy white head. Aroma is of tart blackberries, grapes, and some sweet malts. Taste is of tart blackberries, slightly sour grapes, and some sweet malts. Has a medium-light body with a slightly watery mouthfeel and a bone dry, refreshing finish. overall, a refreshing and pretty tasty fruit beer that it great on a warm day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
m4rest88 (387) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
pours a dark purple hue with a small off white head that is mostly diminishing laroma of blackberries, yeast and jam flavor is fruity and sour all the way through a descent brew - refreshing

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