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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.


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3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schlaubee (14) - - MAR 19, 2014
Draft at Bierkraft’s ballast point tasting. So sour! This drinks more like a cocktail to me than a beer: fruity, light on carbonation and a pretty reddish color. In fact, after I made the mental adjustment to "cocktail" and not "beer" I enjoyed it more.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jeffsayyes (26) - - 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 (9990) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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 (84) - - 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 (1991) - 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 (1407) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10145) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Tap at Max’s. Pours cloudy purple with a small, effervescent pink head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is blackberry, light lactic acid and earthy wheat malt. Flavor is lactic blackberry, lemon acidity, light earthy wheat malt and a dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (3058) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Tap, pink pour, nose is off white color, nose is blackberry, taste is blackberry, okay.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Not too sour, just a bit of tartness underlying the pretty nice blackberry. The fruit tastesd and smells natural, and it’s a pretty good warm weather brew."

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6227) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2014
draft at Sour’d in September @ Captain Lawrence.darker blueberry/blackberry colored pour. a little more than slight Berliner tartness, pretty sizable blackberry punch. good flavor 7 drinkability. pretty good

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8965) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Draft at Sour’ed in September. Pours raspberry with pink head. Nose/taste of super fresh blackberries, wheat and light lactose. More New Glarus fruit beer than berliner weisse. Awesome stuff. Medium body.


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