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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8329) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2012
Tap at the ColLAboration Winterfest 2012. It pours ruby, with a thin pink head. The nose is sweet blackberry, blackcurrant and raspberry. The taste is sour blackberry, blackcurrant, Granny Smith apple, pear, red apple, raspberry and wood, with pear in the finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Nice fruity tartness. Not particularly complex, but utterly drinkable. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7134) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 20, 2011
Draught at Tadg’s. Glowing blood crimson with lace. Aroma of blackberry, with slight funk and acid. Super dry flavor with light yogurt and wood, blackberry, and a nice sourness. Some caramel Interesting and drinkable with good sourness and dryness overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertjm (785) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Draft at Beer Revolution - Absolutely gorgeous pinkish head. Ruby red body. Aroma of a milk shake. Clear sour flavor of berries. Not sour yeasts though. Thinnish body. Tartness on the palate in the aftertaste. Reminds me of a huckleberry beer I made once.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
blipp (6619) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Draft. Pours deep red with a thin head. Fruity blackberry aroma, with light vinegar notes. The flavor has light tart fruity notes, vinegar, and some mustiness. Not that good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftbeerdesign (2207) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2011
sample at GABF on 9/30/11. red / pink pour with small white head. cherry / blackberry nose with a light sourness. light to medium bright body. more light fruit notes throughout - semi-sour. dry sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2159) - USA - OCT 1, 2011
Fruity, winelike aroma. Rouge pour. Fresh fruit and grain taste - sour cherry, blackberry. Nice. On tap at Rattle’n’Hum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7188) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 27, 2011
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pours hella red with a huge pink and white head and a fruity aroma. There is a sour berry flavor with a very dry finish. Not as sour as the name implies nad a bit thin on malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hivemind (723) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2011
On tap at RnH with Andy and Pixa. Dark red/wine pour with small head. Aroma is juicy berries and slight tartness with a kind of wateriness to it. Taste is blackberry and other berries, red fruits. Not a crazy palate but tastes good with very little aftertaste. Not sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Tap at rattle n hum. Pour is ruby with some colorful froath... Looks like a frambroise. Taste is tart berry flavor... Notes of pomegranate and blackberry. Crisp and refreshing, juicy, somewhat flavorful but lacking much complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (5913) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 Draft at rattle. Pours a deep hazy purple red body with thin pink lacing. Aroma is light fruits. Mouthfeel is light but finishes dry with light fruit tart notes. Nearly completely different beer on draft. Sour fruit comes through much more, especially in the nose. +0.7

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