joeneugs (4220) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Maybe there’s some bottle inconsistency problems here, because I had a much better experience with this beer than the other few have had. It pours a reddish brown with a decent khaki head. The aroma is tart cherries, lactobacillus, brown malts. The flavor is pretty much the same with only a mildly tart cherry quality and a heavier lacto presence in the finish. A touch of balsamic vinegar in there as well. I sure wish it was more sour and funky, but for $4 a bomber, I didn’t expect Russian RIver or Lost Abbey. For the price point, this is a nice little sour fix. I would buy this again.
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Ruby-bronze beer with a tan head. Sweet malt and light tart aroma with light fruit. Tart and sweet flavor with malt, oak, and light acetic notes. Medium bodied. Sweet malt and fruit lingers with tartness.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A really good try at a sour ale. It has everything that you would expect from a sour. It could probably use a bit more time for crafting this brew but it puts up a fighting chance. Great malts.
Lorenasa (159) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark cloudy amber with small head. Faint aroma of citrus. Flavor of cherry and grapefruit
bhensonb (12467) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from the Natomas BevMo. Pours ruddy copper with a foamy beige/tan head. Rather odd smell - kind of sour, kind of milk? Med body. Flavor is arguably tart, but it’s quite fruity. I think diacetyl is in the mix. Took that aroma for milk. Odd drink. Sour. Diacetyl. Caramel. Tartish fruits. Not saying it’s a great beer. But, had it not been rushed, perhaps it might have been. I’ll wager this could be tweaked into something very good. But for now, I suspect haste made waste. As is, it’s still head and shoulders above many pale lagery things.
FlacoAlto (3850) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A steady pour into my large Triple Karmeliet Tulip produces a two finger thick, nicely amber tinged tan colored head; it even leaves some layered lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber / brown color that shows a bright red, somewhat hazy hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite fruity with lots of tartness and fruit character that reminds me of cherries, lots of tart raisin notes and even some dark plum notes (this last seem concentrated, though not quite enough to be called prune-like). Brown sugar and pale toasted whole grain aromatics serve as a backdrop to the up-front fruitiness; if you really dig the malt character becomes a bit more present, but it never completely shakes the tart cherry notes. The tartness here in the nose seems more fruit like than either acetic or lactic for some reason.
Nicely tart tasting up front, the beer even gets a little more tart as it rolls across the tongue. The tartness tastes strongly of cherries; again it makes me think that the sourness is from fruit rather than lactic or acetic fermentation, but there is a brighter, somewhat thin acidity in the finish that doesn’t really seem fruit derived. There is a nice, soft, browned malt note to this that adds a touch of almost burnt grain bitterness, as well as touch of toasted browned grain character. Some of the rich malt character seems to be contributed by some oxidized malt flavors that provide some nuttiness as well as a hint of sherry like notes; though with the fruitiness this definitely seems to have some flavors of port to it. The body of this beer has some fullness to it, there is not a lot of viscousness here and the beer actually finishes pretty light on the palate. The cherry character in this beer almost tastes as if cherries were added to this beer; the type of cherries seem more like bing type cherries rather than the rich sour pie-type cherries that provide the best flavor.
There is not much information about this beer that I could find, given that it is such a departure for this brewery, I almost wonder if the acidity was artificially added. The tartness here is quite a bit different from what I am used to, but that doesn’t mean it is artificially added; it just has me wondering. Even given my questioning, this beer is actually probably a bit better than I was expecting.
Strykzone (5534) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sent from Hayduke and opened at an esbls tasting. Clear and whiskey looking. A malty nose. This is sour, bitter, and malty. It is not a classic sour. There is some lemon bitter sourness. I am not a sour lover and amnot a fan of this one.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on 2/5/2011. This wild ale pours a cheery amber color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is dark fruit and sweet, touch of tart/sourness. A medium bodied wild ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, a little yeasty and estery. Some tartness and sourness going in this beer as well. Not sure just what to make of this beer, there are some aspects I like and some that make me wonder WTF is going on here. I like the malty sweetness, but the tartness is kind of weird and I am not convinced that it was planned to be there. Anyway…
The tartness does seem to intensify as it warms. Drinkable beer, and an interesting $4 bomber wild ale. Would buy some more, maybe want to age them a bit and see what will happen. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart.
blipp (6976) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Max’s tasting. Pours amber with an off white head. Sweet malty and toasty aroma. The flavor has sweet malt, caramel, toast, and a hint of tartness. Not bad.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear light garnet red with pretty much no head. Sweet grape and floral fruit aroma. Taste is more sweet than sour with grape and candy sugar flavors dominating and a little tartness on the back end.