TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2013 375ml bottle courtesy of my 2012 Crooked Stave Membership. Courtesy ship by adnielsen. Thanks, dude. opened in honor of reaching 800 Sourhead ticks (Which may change at any given time.. but Iíve marked the original occasion). Pours a rich dark reddish orange hue, a decent haziness, the hibiscus red deep glow is pretty, throws a darkness but striking color. Lively carbonation keeps on with a loose whitish head atop. Stays as a mellow ring, laces small. Aromas show potent sourness, red fruit, cherries, hibiscus, and rich lemony lactic vibe. Quickly sour peaches come on, big fruity acidity, lactic life is potent. Some more cherries, lemon, yogurt and a bit acedic. Firmer oak as we settle in, it warms a bit more, rich grapefruit juice presence. Wow, thatís sour. Initial is a bit more reasonable, showing some nice hibiscus and sweeter peaches up front. Firmer to decent sourness starts to hit, a bit sweet the crab apples, sweet and tart peaches meet in. Touches of cherry, sour melon and richer yogurty presence hit, smoothing this out but still giving a nice sour vibe. Firmer oak starts to hit, vanillin and wet wood hit the palate, a touch tannic, softening that sour blow a touch though. Some touches of sour candy, the backend gets a bit acedic and plays a little rough. Strong lactic sourness overruns and hits hard. Tart fruit, hibiscus, and citrus. The strike dies down a bit, show a bit more peach, cherry, and dominant yogurty feel once you get past that strike. Some softness, more natural yogurt, oak meld together. Potently sour at times, a bit softened at others. The peaches are almost a bit sweet and not quite the blast point here. Rich lactic presence, some gentle carbonation is a bit fuzzy on the lips, good grapefruit juicy life, working well with that sourness. As that stronger hibiscus tartness, sourness from the front dies off a bit, a gentle spice, a bit cidery is a good descriptor, strong lactic quality really does taper out. This is tasty but intense. I quite enjoyed it. Give the Sourheads what they want.. that is certainly what you got. Nose could probably be pegged as wafting in and out of harsh at times, but the beer is delicious and intense.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle. Courtesy of Tom... Pours a fairly vivid medium raspberry hue and topped with a thin soapy head... Aroma of sharp peachy apricot. Canít say much hibiscus but there is an added quality... Huge sour presence, almost acidic big on lactic, peachy mild berry, puckerish. Just shy of medium bodied with semi-prickly carbonation. Full-on sour right here.
arminjewell (5145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of bottle at Sourfest, clear reddish-pink pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of big tart berry, hibiscus, some peach, apricot notes in there, slight spice, hints of funk, lemon, and bretty notes as well. Taste is a nice mix of floral, fruity and herbal notes, with hibiscus, oak, slight peach, berry notes, hints of brett, funk, and a nice lemony tartness, finishing bitter, dry and tart. At this point it was still not very carbonated, but it was very tasty.
XmnwildX12 (2072) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had at Denver Rare Beer Tasting V, had a great grapefruit like pour and had peach flesh taste, super sour.
djd07 (2534) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at The Source. Pours a cloudy red orange with medium frothy off white head that lasts awhile leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is strong hibiscus and berries. Thin mouthfeel with very strong sour peach and light hibiscus. Easy to drink, really enjoyed this one.
christoph (4) - littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
color was a beautiful red scent was heavenly taste nothing short of amazing. simply put one of the best things iíve tasted. Great full for the chance to try this gem this beer is perfect cheers to chad and crew for something truly special
Ratman197 (8479) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Hops and Pie poured a clear pomegranate with a small lingering pink head. Aromas of berries, barnyard, yeast and light shower curtain. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of watermelon, straw, barnyard funk and light spice with a crisp dry tart lingering watermelon finish.
Steve_0 (1926) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at 4th Annual Boulder SourFest (2013). Pour is bright pink with no head and absolutely no lacing. Weird tea, hibiscus aroma - lightly floral, light raspberries, and apple. Taste is acetic, sour fruits, raspberries, strawberry, dark fruits, oaky, and vanilla. Light body and completely flat. Very muddled and the lack of carbonation really hurt it - not really my thing.
slowjohn (7) - Boulder, USA - JUN 10, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance is dark-ish pink (rose), with perfect head retention - the beer was satisfactorily carbonated throughout. Just a thin white line guarding the surface after the pour.
Aroma is filled with scents predominantly reminding one of peach skin, with peaches themselves seeming present, and a general "berry" thing coming through.
Taste is, at first sip, quite sour - reminding one of the sort of tartness one experiences after eating too many a sour candy. Other characteristics are almost undetectable in its presence. But soon come subtle nuances of strawberries, lemons, limes, watermelons, and peaches. The tartness of the souring blends in an intriguing way with the impressively genuine fruit characteristics, which, over the course of the consumption of the beer, play with each other in a mystifying, balancing way.
It seems to me that if one were to think the beer had a flaw, one would consider it too sour, dulling of the senses perhaps. But I very much appreciated its intense, tart, lactic mouthfeel.
Although this beer is quite sour and maybe even dulling of oneís senese at times, the intensity of the flavor makes the beer unlike any wild ale I have ever had, and an amazing one at that.
adnielsen (7573) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Avery Sour Fest 2013. Pours a clear bright pink appearance with little head. Tangy grapefruity, berry, mild whiskey, herbal spicy aroma. Very little carbonation. Quite sour, stone fruity, moderately herbal spicy, light whiskey flavor. Unfortunately the carbonation hadnít came through yet.