Ballast Point Sour Wench Blackberry Ale
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RATINGS: 107   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnstone (2127) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Sour and berry fruity aroma. Amber-purple in color. Sour, but not overly so, with blackberry notes. Just "ehh".

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 16, 2009
On tap @ Home Brew Mart: Aroma was packed with a whole basket or should I say taste cup full of dark berry like fruit. The appearance was a glowing purple with a tiny film covering of head but quickly dissipated and left behind a topless beer. The flavor wasn’t as promising as the aroma had lead me to believe and was actually quite tart and sour which reminded me of the gueze vintage, but just a tad bit fruitier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (1979) - USA - OCT 1, 2011
Fruity, winelike aroma. Rouge pour. Fresh fruit and grain taste - sour cherry, blackberry. Nice. On tap at Rattle’n’Hum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (1964) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Sampled during the First Annual Stone Sour Fest. Another favorite of the day. Clear coppery purple color with a really nice head. The citrusy aromas were berry berry fruity. More berry on the flavor. Not as sour as the name would have you believe. Nice hop finish with blackberry infused. I really like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Tap at rattle n hum. Pour is ruby with some colorful froath... Looks like a frambroise. Taste is tart berry flavor... Notes of pomegranate and blackberry. Crisp and refreshing, juicy, somewhat flavorful but lacking much complexity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
That1Guy (1882) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Crushed with Honkeybra at GABF. Eh, definitely sour but not very pleasant. Cloying and without the mouth-watering goodness of a decent sour ale, or niceness of a solid fruit beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcartamdg (1864) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2012
pours deep purple with no head. Aroma of blackberries. Taste follows, tastes like candy, sweet and fruity, and then sour. really tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Pours a dark red maroon, with a big, foamy, purple/pink head. Smells pretty fruity, grapes and plums really stand out. Some light acidity is noticeable as well. The flavor was tart, but wouldnt call it sour. Very much on the fruity side, with almost a vinuous wine-like consistency to it. Almost like a poor man’s Bon Chien 05, but not nearly as intense or well crafted. Not that great, but drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 1, 2007
On tap at the brewery. Deep red raspberry color. No head, but nice fine-bubble lacing. Nice fruity raspberry aroma. Taste is kind of watery. A tad bitter, but not from the hops. The IBU level is a low 10. Sourness is mild, almost undetectable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Aroma of tart blackberry, stilton cheese, magic marker. Pours hazy purple with bubble film. Taste is clean with light blackberry, slight blue cheese and cellar funk. Very pleasant.

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