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Ballast Point Sour Wench Blackberry Ale
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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   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.


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3.2
   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Pouring at Sour’d in September 2014, at Captain Lawrence. Pours a garnet to crimson with a thin to medium sized pink head. Medium bodied, sweet berries and touches of vomit and diapers. Spicy acid, berries.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6241) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
a bit of a toned down beer but has just enough to get the boogey going .. . dark plum purple .. tart plum, blackberry, and sweettarts .. . mild mouth and a novice finish .. . nothing wrong with this at all .. . . If you have a pear shaped body, you should not wear pear colored clothes, or act juicy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Draft at Beer Authority on Brewers night. Dark reddish brown, little head. Dense fruity aroma. Tart blackberry and cranberry tartness. Juicy sipper. Tart and tasty

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8930) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 15, 2015
[ Keg ][ 4oz ][ Ballast Point Little Italy ][ $1.60 ][ Stemmed Flute ][ 1.13.15 ]
>> Sour wrench. Huge pink foam, clear deep purple. Great retention. Nose is fresh berry blend, sugary blackberry, robust. Taste is quite thin, soapy, some sour mash character. No acidity at all, seltzer type soda bland body. Slight butyric note. Needs work.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (8329) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Draft. Purplish magenta pour. Smells like sour blackberry, flavor is sour tart blackberry, pretty sour but nice.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jeffsayyes (44) - - NOV 28, 2014
I have been loving sours but this one just isnt doing it for me. Could be the carbonation, which is nearly absent. Still not sure if I should ask for a refund. I'll just consider it extremely light natural fermentation and go with it. The blueberry mash flavor is very apparent, definitely in the realm of fruity. Drinking at Pine Box in Bushwick. Will get the other sour next time. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (10571) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2014
Keg at the Little Italy taproom, 12/11/14. Clear claret with no head. Nose is tangy berries, sweet notes with a little sourness, tartened blackberries. Taste comprises tangy blackberry, straw, subtle acidity, red berry sours. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a gentle puckering effect. Decent enough ’Linner, would have preferred it tuned up a little more in a sharper more acidic sense.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnomungus (87) - - NOV 21, 2014
Straightforward. The blackberry is strong on the nose, followed by simple, lactic sour. Refreshing.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer (2141) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 18, 2014
On tap at Ballast Point Tasting Room. This was batch 11. Pours pinkish red with a thin pink head. Aroma is berries with sweet blackberries. Flavor is sour and very tart. Very bitter. Decent but bitterness overpowers. Overall refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peteinSD (1416) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Tap @ Bagby. Dark cherry color with no head (or carbonation). Tart, medicinal sweetness and berry in the aroma. Taste a bit dryer than the aroma suggests with tart notes, sourness, and some berry accents. Somewhat clean mouthfeel. Not bad in small doses.


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