jkwood04 (4869) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy brown/ruby with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of tartness and sour notes, a little funk, a little oak, a little dark fruits, and some caramel from the malts. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything, but could have a little more complexity. Average texture. A pretty good beer, but could add just a little more to make it great.
jbeatty (1215) - New York, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, cool extra from liquorbarrel, 10/15/2013. Pours ruby red with brownish tinge, thin head dies to nearly still surface within a minute or two. Aroma is mild tart green apple with darker fruit hiding beneath, touch of sweet caramel and subtle roast, vinous oak. Taste is bright cider, tart, melding nicely into spicy caramel, fruit wood notes in the finish. Light body, sparkling and vibrant. Quite nice.
SpongeRuiner (963) - Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Knock out of the park by New Glarus like usual. Really crisp and refreshing feel. Would love to have this again.
Slipstream (2252) - USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks again to my cousin for this very sharp and sour brew. I realize there are lots of sour fans on RB, but to me a lot of these brews have a certain sameness to them, that kombucha-like, wildly fermented, vinegary tartness - and I guess you either get very excited about that or you don’t.
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Large, tan, thick, foamy head that settled after a bit and a smidgen of lace. Color is a hazy medium amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is a heady, blend of tart, malt, spice, fruit, resin. Flavor’s like nose with spot on balance between sweet, sour, and bitter. Body and carbonation couldn’t be better. Finish is like flavor, clean, rather long, and very easy drinking for what’s not usually so accessible, A masterpiece.
bytemesis (4935) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear reddish amber, small creamy beige head, slowly dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is tart cherry, sweet tarts, lemon. Flavor is much the same, sweet and tart, cherries, lemon juice. Medium body, prickly carbonation. Kind of straddles the line between a fruit beer and a sour. Not particularly complex, but enjoyable
Brigadier (3290) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle
The fact that this is only $8.99 per four pack is a ridiculous deal. While there might be better sours out there none are so cheap as well as top notch. I’m excited to see what else Dan Carey can crank out with his sour program in the future. A few new bottles in the on deck collection should give me a better idea.
Aroma / Appearance - A caramel orange head is warm with a thin ivory head. Orange polish, wax, and a mild sourness are tart without being overly acidic. This is not as sour as the fruit series but more like a light vinegar. Whatever you call it the result works well.
Flavor / Palate - Orange, lemons, and waxy floor polish stick on the tongue. A solid sour does not have much depth but does not need it either. The drinkable impression is so good that I almost wanted to open another one immediately. The finish is tart and sour though more like a mild vinegar than a sharp acidic note. Overall this is a fine beer though perhaps a bit below the 750 ml and special brewery only releases.
jefcon (1517) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy, plummy, kind of Christmas-y. Full apple, plum, cinnamon, nutmeg, lavender, and pinecone aromas. Long finish. Impressively sour, but still very drinkable.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle served in a Westbrook tulip. Enjoyed 7/20/13.
A: Pours a deep amber color with a brownish tint to it. An off-white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin film and ring. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.
S: Sweet berry fruitiness on the nose with some cherry pit as well as a nice dash of oak. Pretty inviting, but not all that sour smelling.
T: The taste is much better than the nose. Cherry skins with some tart plums. There is a mild sourness to it, but it’s mostly tart. Sweet pie crust on the malts, a little bit of brown sugar and some sweet oak. Mild acidity as well.
M: High carbonation with a medium light body. Finish is sweet.
O: I enjoyed this one more than Enigma. I think this would be the big brother of it. I think this could use some time to let some of the yeast and bugs do their job a bit more. I’ll revisit around Christmas time.
Serving type: bottle
ineedbeer (1297) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle (not sure if previously released).
A fairly herbal phenolic character with some mint, pepper, basil and thyme. Some light acidity along with light caramel, burnt toast and a hint of smokey roast. Faint fruit notes of overripe cherries and figs.
Pours a somewhat murky burnt amber to light brown with some copper hints. Small, slightly thin head that recedes fairly steadily leaving just a hint of film on the edges.
Flavor starts with a moderate tartness along with a hint of a yogurt character. Some light sweet caramel along with some toasted bread. Fairly fruity with sweet orange, cherries and figs. Light oak character, but fairly fruity. Some moderate fruit notes very reminiscent of ripe peaches. Not nearly as phenolic as the aroma.
Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Light acidic astringency with light alcohol warmth.
Overall a much better tasting beer than the aroma had me expecting. It took me a few sips to pinpoint the fruit flavor I was tasting, but I am pretty sure this tastes exactly like a slightly overripe peach with some citric and lactic acidity. The herbal notes in the aroma faded as it warmed but was a but off putting at first.