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Ballast Point Sour Wench - Blackberry
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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (4668) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Tap @ O’Briens. Poured a hazed red with a light pink head. The aroma is of sweet and mildly tart raspberry. The flavor has just a hint of tartness. So much for the name. Also some wheaty notes with mild raspberry. Light bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4244) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Tap at brewery. Pours dark ruby much like blackberry juice. Aroma is heavy blackberries, some wheat, and light lactic notes. Flavor is blackberries, smooth sour/tart notes, light wheat, and a clean, dry finish. Light/medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (4216) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4164) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Draught. Pours a mostly clear reddish brown color with a smallish pink head on there. Nose has dark berries and a lot of sour elements coming through. Taste is quite tart with blackberries being very salient and a hint of sweetness on the back end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4118) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2012
awesome under notes of black berries. Mildly sour. Light refreshing. Excellent

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyCraft (3963) - 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
DedicatedToFun (3935) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Tap, pink pour, nose is off white color, nose is blackberry, taste is blackberry, okay.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Sampled on tap at the First Annual Stone Sour Fest, July 2007
This beer appears so different from your standard beer that it seems artificially colored; topped by a frothy, purple pink colored, two finger thick head. The beer is a clear, bright, cherry red color. This has a fruity nose to it that leans towards notes of strawberry, currant and some tart, berry-like notes, but it does not scream blackberry to me. Some berry skin aromatics add a touch of sharpness to the aroma, but there is really not much else noticeable here.

The beer is quite dry tasting and really not that tart at all. It is definitely packed with lots of, light tart, blackberry fruit character. I would almost guess that this is just a wheat beer that has had fruit added. It is not really sour at all and what tartness is here seems to be fruit derived. At the very most, the sour-bug character has just started. The body of this brew has a medium fullness to it, where some fruit derived tannins seem to add the palate coating character.

This is a weak example of a sour beer, though it is a decent fruit beer. If I had had this outside a sour beer festival, I might have enjoyed it more; I definitely would like to see a bit more sour funk here.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2008
On tap At O’Brien’s in San Diego on 08/01/2008 on the RBSG Friday Pub Crawl. Cloudy red body with a medium frothy pink head. Vinegar and fruity aroma. Very dry fruit flavor, fades into fruit punch. Medium body with moderate carbonation.


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