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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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Em (102) - USA - MAY 22, 2010
Raspberry and cranberry flavors mixed in with the blackberry flavors. Drank on tap at the brewery. Red pink in color, very fizzy. An excellent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Appearance: Pours a clear maroon red with a white ring of head.

Aroma: Tart and sweet berry goodness.

Taste: Dark ripe blackberry with a tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and refreshing.

Overall: Easy going, very easy on the sour to the point that I wouldnít consider it a sour at all. Great summer drinking.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Getbetter (830) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
From tap,Redish white head,red color,cherry,raseberry,blackberry.This is a great beer ,Fizzy.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
That1Guy (1895) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Crushed with Honkeybra at GABF. Eh, definitely sour but not very pleasant. Cloying and without the mouth-watering goodness of a decent sour ale, or niceness of a solid fruit beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lubiere (9888) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2009
2008 version. A beet red ale with a thin white head. In aroma, a light sour berry with light wooden notes. In mouth, a rather weak and dissapointing sour ale, with light cherries, a bit of epsom salt, chalkey notes, boring. On tap at Ballast Point 13 Anniv. Beer Festival , Oct. 24 2009.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonkeyBra (3348) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Sampled at GABF. Red pour with pink head. Aroma of sour fruit, Iím guessing blackberries. Lightly sour, somewhat sweet. Iím not going to hate too much on this, because for a fruit beer its pretty decent.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 6, 2009
On tap at GABF 2009. Next to Victory at Sea, this was really not all that impressive. Bright red in color with a small pinkish head. Aroma is blackberries and raspberries, a little like a fruit candy, sweet and only mildly sour. Flavor is not too exciting, a little funky with blackberries and other berries, red grapes, sugar, and a little tartness. Body is medium-light and palate is rather boring for what is supposed to be a sour beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Pours ruby. Nose is lactic tartness, funk, sweet ripe berries, sugar, wine, grain. Flavor is slightly thin but pretty tart, unripe fruit tartness, grapey, berries.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2009
On tap at Stone Sourfest 09. Red pour. Aroma is grape jolly ranchers. Flavor is dust, cobwebs, attic. NOt too great.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2009
On tap at Hamiltonís and served in some sort of half chalice type glass. The smell was interesting and combined with the flavor you could detect a bit of black berry but there was also a bit of tartness and graininess. Very easy to drink but I don;t think I would order another one in the future. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 09-22-2009 01:35:28


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