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Ballast Point Sour Wench Blackberry Ale
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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyCraft (3429) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2012
ballast point sour wench. consumed at hunahpus day 2012....pours a purplish pink semi-transparent hue and topped with a thin wispy head... aroma of semi-tart blackberries and backing grains... flavors are sweet and sour with a blackberry essence. refreshing with a lighter than medium bodied with average carbonation. not terrible in any way but pales to some of the other offerings.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Taster at Ballast Point. Pours purple with a pink head. Very fruity taste overall, with a sour pucker. They call this "crack whore," but why I’m not sure. Its pretty damn tasty but a little too sweet to be a true sour in my book. Wouldn’t mind another taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3333) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2012
awesome under notes of black berries. Mildly sour. Light refreshing. Excellent

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 26, 2011
tap at homebrew location-pours almost purple with a fizzy pink head-nose is sour berries, very tart. Lots of tart berry flavors but a bit on the husky side. Its a pretty cool beer and i have never had anything like it. lite sourness on the finish but mostly tart berries-really cool! pretty well put together. finish fades into long grain notes. Pretty decent!~

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3064) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Draft @ Downtown Johnny Brown’s. Pours dark purplish color with lavender head. Aromas of backberries and wheat. Sour blackberry flavor . Medium body with average carbonation.

3.1
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
on tap at ballast point’s anniv party no head on the pour. almost like a blackberry soda not very blackberry, not very sour. for me, it needed to be torqued up a bit. it was light

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (2992) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Tap, pink pour, nose is off white color, nose is blackberry, taste is blackberry, okay.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3rd tasting @ the Stone Sour Fest 2008. Pours a clear dark pink/ red with a small off purple head. Tons of tart raspberries and blackberries on the nose. Some wood and slightly sweet berry fruits on the palate.


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