TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Coppís Grocery (Plover, WI). Slim pickens around here.. But found plenty of this. Pours a darker ruby copper pour, a firm haziness throughout, a bit darker, with cakey tannish head. A good ruby copper glow on the edges and bottom. Good stick around, lacing is solid and sticks around ok. Aromas are gentle tartness, a touch carmelized. Bit of oak, cherryskin. A bit lactic, some toast and bread. Cherry element is distinct if decent in the end. Initial is more tart, lactic and sour driven, some gentle cobwebs and dryness, a bit tannic. Some cherries, carmelized malt, a bit of biscuit. A bit more potent than Enigma, a little fizzy with some gentle vinegar, cranberry, and oak. Middle is a bit tart, toast, and red wine. Cherries are potent, a little more body. Fizzy carbonation, firm sourness as we move into the backend starts to seperate this. A bit funky, oaky, and biscuity. Finish is a bit dry, lactic, and a touch spritzy. Some funk, tannic cherry. Really nice. Complex, not all sour, still offers some body. A gentle red wine oaky feel, cherryskin, some gentle body with some spritzy elements, cranberry, red fruit. Really nice beer. A step above recent Enigma versions. Much more fruity and vibrant. Nice, guys! Nose is a touch subtle, but a damn good beer.
phaleslu (9255) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle shared by TheAlum- thanks again, Adam! It was pretty dark by the time I tried it, but holding it up to the campfire, it appeared to have a golden hue beneath the cloudy amber pour. Small off-white head. Notes of berry fruits (cherries, raspberry), light balsamic vinegar, lemon, tart plums, toasted caramel malts. Dry, sour mouthfeel that isnít overpowering. Moderate carbonation and a light-medium body. Excellent sour. Need more.
ryanfolty (2354) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
July 28, 2013 - 12 ounce bottle. Light brown pour with nice head that faded after a short while. Aroma was malty, fruity and funky. Taste was consistent with aroma, but also had quite a bit of wood that reminded me of Surly 5. The flavors were very nicely balanced and this is super easy to drink. I am very glad to have a few more of these and will be interested to see how some age.
Lupulucid (189) - - JUL 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Although sourness is pronounced and appealing, the flavor is a bit close to cider and complexity is limited. This might benefit from laying down as it is a bit one dimensional fresh.
swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an affordable wild sour ale that is readily available. What are you all waiting for...go get it!! Pours amber yellow with thin lacing. Aroma is heavy with vinegar and almost stings the nose. Taste is quite sour with a continual ringing on the palate. Acidic flavors bite all the way through this one. Love sour beers and love the fact that a real wild sour has finally made it to the local market at a reasonable price with moderate level of availability.
radagast83 (7081) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael. Poured a clear, orange-copper color with a small white head. Aroma was some tart, sour notes, touch of sweetness. Flavor was sweet sugar notes, some tart funk notes to it.
Huhzubendah (3408) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Dr. Moll. Thanks Michael.
The beer is amber with a small tan head. The aroma offers cherries, funk. Tart and sweet cherries do a delicate dance. Really well done. Graceful finish. Iíd prefer more sour than sweet here, but the folks at New Glarus obviously feel the opposite. A solid beer. Best in small quantities, as the sweetness would become overwhelming.
portableparty (2279) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark amber ruby slightly hazy with a tight soapy off white head that dissipates to a wispy spotty film and collar. Aroma is sour and has a subtle vinegar scent with cherries, raspberries and cranberry some apple and malt all melded together. Taste is tart and sour with more of the above fruits and solid malt flavor and hints of wine cork and tannins. Palate is medium slightly fizzy and acidic with a drying finish. This is such a great sour! I could possibly pound this, but why? Itís smooth not overpowering and the malt mix is awesome!
Hair6a11 (1470) - Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle; Pour is murky caramel with a frothy yet mild fine bubbled off white head in this glass ; Retention is average, with some light lacing present. The nose is sour cherry and green apple initial, moving to vanilla and musty oak, while revealing a nice base of caramel that I quite enjoy. The flavor profile reveals a nice souring effect that I appreciate ; I was expecting less and got more than I bargained for. I called it oak, but the tasting notes say cedar - Either way - Vanilla reveals itself faintly here; Sour cherry and green apple notes fuse with a robust caramel malt profile - and it immediately moves into a nice puckering sour feel that doesnt fade as some do. This is a spectacular drinker, and an amazing price point when you compare to some. What it lacks in depth , be it flavor profile, abv, or mouthfeel, it more than makes up for with its quaffable tartness, thanks to a laser like focus from the brewers -
BVery (9412) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Bottle. Finally, after all the crappy beers I tried tonight, I get a true winner. This is awesome. Rich reddish orange pour with a smaller head. Nose and taste pick up sour plum and cherry, some oak and cedar, a nice sour bite but not over the top puckering. Beautiful beer.