brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour is a dark crimson looking color with a huge pink tinted head that just wonít go away.
S: The nose offers up some blackberry, tannic fruit skins, some mild notes of grass, and a bit of oak.
T: The flavor is somewhat blunt. Certainly astringent and somewhat bitter, almost, with lots of fruit skin and seed flavor. A bit of blackberry and lemon juice tartness.
M: The body is light to medium with a somewhat soft, but plentiful, carbonation.
D: Of the sour Ballast Point beers, this is my least favorite. The fruit flavor is not really there and overall, itís somewhat abrasive and harsh.
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy deep red with a medium to large pinkish creamy head. Aroma had blackberries, roasted malt, hay and wood. Flavour came out dry with berries, roasted malt, caramel, hay and wood. Finished semi sweet.
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a reddish pink with a small white head. Aroma is berries some wheat and sourness. Flavor is light sourness wheat and fruity berries.
bhightow (24) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
red, sparkling, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly sour, light body, thin feel, fizzy, floral,
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Pomegranate-like fruitiness grows into blackberries before awkward lactic emanations fall into a dry and mildly tart finish.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-Sumptuous foam crowns the pink-laced luminous red haze.
-The aroma had strange yogurt-like funk coming from the sour mash (I suppose). Not the most appealing incarnation of lactobacillus, letís say...
-Lots of small bubbles help drinkability.
-The fruit character mostly comes off as juicy and simple.
-With a name like Sour Wench, I admit I was expecting more tartness (which I got in their wonderful Hout Black Currant though).
On tap at their Linda Vista brewery.
Em (102) - USA - MAY 22, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Getbetter (874) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From tap,Redish white head,red color,cherry,raseberry,blackberry.This is a great beer ,Fizzy.
That1Guy (1941) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.