Ballast Point Sour Wench - Blackberry
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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (6525) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 Draft at rattle. Pours a deep hazy purple red body with thin pink lacing. Aroma is light fruits. Mouthfeel is light but finishes dry with light fruit tart notes. Nearly completely different beer on draft. Sour fruit comes through much more, especially in the nose. +0.7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (2191) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 3, 2015
Had on tap at National in Calgary. Pours a bright purplish red with no head but for a few off white bubbles. The nose is tart, fruity, a bit sweet and rather mild with a pinch of acetic sourness. Light, refreshing and oh so easy drinking like juice almost. The finish is a bit tart with light sour notes. Very easy going!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5135) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12459) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2015
Draft. Small pink head atop violet body. Aroma is moderately sweet, sour blackberry, light raspberry. Taste is moderately sweet, some sourness. Light-medium body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (3768) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Dark ruby brown with beige head. Aromas of raspberries and berries. Tastes of berry jam, tart raspberries, tart acidic notes. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike5326 (1292) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Poured from a tap. Clear red color, small white head. Light raspberry aroma. Medium body with a nice sweet berry tart flavor and a lingering tart finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
toxichop (512) - South Gate, California, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Dark purple beer. It smell sweet with a few stone fruits. Taste like sour blackberry candy with a hint of lacto in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5850) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2015
(Draught) clear bright ruby, no real head. Nose of blackberry, tart, wood, lacto. Taste is lacto, blackberry, Woody, alcohol, simple and not complex which is ok with me. Tart linger, touch of acetone or alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (4918) - 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

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Kevin (2158) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Tap.looks like grape juice. Smells like someone vomited in my glass. Light acidic sour at 1st, then the vomit note, then a berry. Finish is cherry pop tart like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7454) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2015
On tap at Lompoc. Pours a purple color with a small white head. A big woody sour fruit nose. The flavor is light sweet berries, oak, sourness, sawdust. A pretty mellow beer, but quite good. Very sour at times but not acidic.

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