Ballast Point Sour Wench Blackberry Ale
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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Tap at ACBF. Blackberries and moldy cottage cheese. Not in a good way, if there was any confusion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Growler courtesy of hophead22. Pours ruby red with a nice pinkish head. Smells of berries and dry malt. Tastes of dry malt, some berries, some nice tartness. Resfreshing mouthfeel and finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2009
This was awful. Aroma of nastiness, rotting food. Taste of the same with some berry notes. Terrible

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Tap at ACBF 2009: Ruby pour with a dense pink head- Sour mash aroma with lots of lactic character- tart berries (yogurt like). Fluffy feel but a vacant flavor- slightly tart fruity character but mainly nondescript. A hint of vague lactic character on the back. Not bad, just very boring and lacking depth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2009
Draft. An unclear dark red beer with a thin pinkish head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt and blackberries. The flavor is sweet and acidic with strong notes of blackberries, leading to a dry and lightly tart finish, where the berry notes lingers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2009
On draft at ACBF09. Wow, this was a frightening beer. Pours a clear red/brown with a small white head. Aroma of old cheese, rancid yogurt, and sweaty socks. Nasty. Flavor of sweet blackberry initially with the yogurt/cheese/sweat finish. Basically it tasted like blackberry yogurt, which I wasn’t really a fan of. A little better flavor than aroma, but still...Yuck. 4/4/6/3/11 (2.8/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5695) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Aroma is a touch tart with hints of wheat malt and fruity blackberries. Poues dark reddish purple. The flavor is lightly tart up front with fresh unripe berry tartness followed by lightly sweet fruity notes and a hint of wheat. Nice carbonation. Rather refreshing and easy to drink too.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gaffandbleed (12) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Pours purple. Not much head, more like a sparkling cider. Tastes more like a cider than a beer too. Not my style. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (4673) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
On tap at the brewmart location. Good fruit beer, pretty juicy with lots of blackberry flavor. Only slightly sour, just enough to give a tart berry flavor. Grain, blackberries, blackberry seeds, light malt. Hazy red purple pour, white head. Decent for a fruit beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Draft at Downtown Johnny Browns. Pours a deep cranberry. Noise is a watery blackberry. Flavors are also watery juice, blackberry seeds, and a bit of soap. Flavors are off to me.

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