elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
8/28/09 notes: on tap at Beachwood during Sour Fest. This was an immediate hit for me, much like NB’s Love. Pours dirty gold with little head. Aroma is of clean acidity, lemonade, and faint oak. Not too much brett here, IMO. Flavor matches aroma, pairing a firm acidity that swirls around lemon-citrus and woody flavors. I couldn’t detect any lychee per se, perhaps that hint of sweetness through the mid-palate. But that is stretching it. A lot of fun to drink!
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 26, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this beer on tap at Beachwood BBQ’s sour beer fest.
It’s a hazy dark yellow pour with nice fruity tartness. Very drinkable, but tart and loaded with flavor. Nicely done.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 21, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at 2009 Stone Sour Fest. My favorite of the fest. Cloudy orange yellow color. Very sweet (I like sweet), which hides some of the sour. Tons of lychee aroma. Excellent
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tart acidic nose. Lemon is there. Some earthy nutty notes, which I guess was the cinnamon. Some funk. Really nice tart aroma with some fruity sweetness peaking through as well. Pours a hazy light orange yellow, thin foam. Tart and shocking up front. Very acidic. Lemon, peach, orange followed by some sweet fruity notes, and some earthy/nutty/gritty notes which I pick up in the finish. Long clean tart with a hint of funk. Good.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh my crap! Tart lemon and peach aroma, tarnished gold. Young white peach, directly sour. Citrus rind and tart greatness. I would drink this by the carafe for breakfast if I could. This would be my every day sour, please oh please put this in 18pack cans.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours opaque peach color, like hot and sour soup after the tofu is blended. Sweet and tangy. Nice finish, but that was it for me.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Tour de Fat afterparty. Pours a thick, murky dirty peach/tan color with minimal head. Nice aroma of lychee with tart lemon and oak. Didn’t really get any lychee in the taste though. Medium bodied with a tart citrus finish.
after4ever (6130) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft at brouwers. pours a murky medium orange. headless, laceless. big tart lemony nose. a little bit of funk and vinegar. creamy, medium, flat body. tons of offbeat tart lemony notes. not sure if its really lycheeesque but its delicious. could have some more body but otherwise great stuff.
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft @ Brouwer’s for the Tour de Fat after party. Pours a weird opaque unfiltered-cider color with a tiny head. It has a weird tropical fruit sweetness (I assume that’s the lychee) offsetting what tastes a lot like La Terroir - a great dusty, funky tart flavor. Interesting combo, for sure - orange, and lemonade... I feel like this would be a wonderful outdoor summer day brew. Just the right amount of tingle/pucker from the tartness... the one downside is that it smells like fruit juice - no real complexity in the aroma. Very tasty, though.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2010 *Rerate* Stone Sourfest 2010. Hazy orange pour with effervecent head and carbonation. The sourness/tart of the lychee is great. Spicy and yeasty and tart. Great afters. The last note I wrote was "Best of show", but i was pretty drunk by then. Up from 7/3/8/4/15 at 3.7. * Stone Sourfest 2009. Some people seemed to really not like this brew, but I enjoyed it. It had a sweet complexity that was hard to nail down. Maybe just that the palate isn’t used to Lychee this way. I thought it was yummy.