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Cigar City Grandma’s Funky Sour Berry

Cigar City Grandma’s Funky Sour Berry
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Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
markwise (4564) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2011
On draft for Hunahpu Day. Pours a light murky brown with a white head. Nose is crazy- first smell is graham crackers, second whiff is tartness with lactic vinegar and tart vinous fruit, third smell reveals a bit of the mutant ninja yeast. I am trying to picture what base beers they used, and I get this image of a "suicide"- where you used to pour many of every different soda into one cup. I think it’s got Guava Grove, Vuja De, Sea Bass, and similar funk with maybe some Maduro for support, and there are definite graham crackers and vanilla. The flavor is akin to a blend of these, but the body is SO damned light! I could drink this one by the gallon growler, it is so light in body, yet deep in flavor. One of the many standouts of Hunahpu Day 2011.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2011
At rattle n hum during beers gone wild. Intoxicating soft blueberry, strawberry aroma. Lots of blueberry and ripe rasp.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (9816) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2011
Bottle… Hunahpu’s Day 2011This beer rocks!… Hazy deeply golden ale with a small, frothy, white head. Good retention. The funky bouquet is quite acidic, offering a boatload of tart cherries, under-ripe wild raspberries and a splash of dry red wine. Medium-bodied with a 50/50 raspy/milky mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The funky, acidic flavor is eye-squinting sour, but bonuses some nice, mildly sweet, fruity notes as well. Tart, astringent, dry red wine finish. Kudos to Solan for providing my small sample on the bus trip back to Orlando! I’m glad I didn’t totally miss out on such an outstanding sour beer, although I certainly tried. Incredibly intense stuff. Didn’t take a full glass to know that, given the chance, I’d drink this beer every-single-day.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Draft at Cigar City during the 2011 Hunahpu’s release. Leading up to this event this was one of my most anticipated beers that was to be on tap. Throughout the night everyone said that they hadn’t seen it and wondered if it wasn’t going on. A little after 9:00 p.m. I walked into the tasting room and saw that it was on. I immediately told everyone I knew so hopefully more people got to try it. Pours a hazy dark golden orange peel color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting cap. Good retention, slowly fading into a thin ring that leaves spots of lace behind. Tart funky aroma with a boat load of fresh raspberry as well as some other vinous dark fruit notes. The raspberries are so fresh I can even smell the seeds. Nice and earthy with some barnyard funk balancing out the sweet vinous notes. Medium bodied with a very dry tart puckering sour flavor that lingers throughout into a long, dry vinegary sweet finish. Great barrel presence with hints of earthy oak complimenting the prominent raspberry/vinous dark fruit flavor. Again, the raspberries are uber fresh and dominate the flavor but there are other dark fruit notes. Strong red wine presence with plenty of grape and dark cherry. Very tart, puckering and sour while being slightly acidic. Kind of harsh at first but the palate quickly adjusts and there’s a lingering vinegar finish that leaves me salivating for more. I’m glad that I noticed that this was put on because it was excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2197) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2011
on tap at CCB on Hunahpu’s Day - 3/12/11. murky brown / orange pour with a slim off white head. sour dark fruit nose with light vinegar and a big rush of berries. very tart mouthfeel with black berries, raisins, cherries and grapes. somewhat of a band-aid finish. semi-dry tart and eye watering!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2011
This is the other "show-stealer" from the Hunahpu’s release party. WOW! One of the best and most complex sours I’ve ever had. Nose is pure funk and tart fruit. A melange of wild yeast and tart flavors that add layer upon layer of aroma. The palate follows in the same style, can detect possible use of some pediococcus, sour cherries, perhaps as well? Backpalate is lacto with all kinds of funk . . . great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (2646) - Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2011
WTF?? On tap at CC. This kooky named reddish/brown beer was sick. Tart berry aromas. The taste was divine with mad strawberry, tropical fruit, funk, and non-bitter vinegar flavors. A last minute thriller...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9694) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Hell yes! Reddish/brown pour. Aroma of berries, cherries, sour lacto, vinegar, sour funk! Flavor is crammed full of berries, tropical fruit, sourness, laco, vinegar, sweet-tarts...just insanely delicious! A huge WOW!

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