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Ballast Point Sour Wench - Blackberry
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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (5966) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2015
On tap at lompoc side bar Portland. Pours out a dark purple reddish. Nose is lots of berries and a great funk. Taste is more of the berries and plenty of funk. Lots of barrel notes.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyCraft (5752) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Draft at Bainbridge, pours a cranberry cloudy red with fizzy clearish head, aromas of really unique and weird funk, cheese, blackberry, ultra funky yeast. Taste is very funky, underripe bannana, berries, wheat, lots of sour yeasts and vinegar. Ok, but just way too out there for a sour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (5751) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
On draft somewhere in San Diego... It pours red with a distinct aroma of blackberries and wheat. The flavor is lightly tart fruity and very effervescent. Good blackberry flavor and a bready finish. Nice refreshing beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5732) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Sampled at ABR 2015. some beery in the aroma, and some yeast. flavor has some berry, and it is a little tart. Great looking beer, pink color and pink foam, it looks like pink lambic. Tartness is very light and mild.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (5637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Is strong pink and purple appearance. Some sourness in the aroma. The flavor is somewhat sour but the blackberries make it quite sweet as well. Overall it matches the style but I just don’t like it all that much

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 27, 2007
On tap at Stone. Opaque berry red color with a pink fizzy head. Berry and malt aroma. Tangy blackberry seltzer taste with a slight sourness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (5400) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (5369) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
On draft poured a dark red color, aromas of tart blackberries. Flavor is the same but not overpowering tartness. It was a nice blend of blackberries and tartness that went well on a hot day in the sun.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Tasted on tap at O’Briens. This fruit beer pours a medium purple color from the tap. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is blackberry, malt and some funk. A medium bodied fruit beer. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are earthy. Nice blackberry flavors, very clean and semi-sweet. There is a touch of funk and tartness but not that much. Nice balance. Good carbonation. It’s very good as a fruit beer, not so much as a sour beer. The funk is there, but very subdued. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a slight touch of sourness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Dark brown in color, hazy with a thin head. Big sour aroma and flavor. This was a super brew with a terrific berry flavor. One of the best berry sour ales I have ever had.


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