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Russian River Sour Pumpkin

Russian River Sour Pumpkin
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Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
100% Brettanomyces fermented barrel aged sour pumpkin ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Tap @ Elysianís Great Pumpkin Beer Fest... [2010 Vintage] Poured pale, golden-yellow with a little bit of white foam as a head. Very acidic, lots of vinegar. Like pickled, pumpkin juice. Candied malt sugars, brett funk. But overall just very acidic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7581) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Draft at GPBF. Pours a hazy greenish gold with a loose and lightly sudsy whitish head. Big dill pickle nose, maybe a little on the saurkraut side too. Creamy medium body bursting with delicious dill pickle goodness. Surprisingly little else going on, but also surprisingly delectable. Worth repeating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Notes from Elysian Pumpkin Festival. We went on Sunday, and I was so happy that they still had this beer. From notes: 4 oz. snifter pour. This beer has a nice golden yellow appearance, with a effervescent body, and not much head. Aroma is quite pungent with hints of: funk, dill pickle, lemon, and some indescribable earthy organic smell. Iím hearing people in the crowd say, "It tastes like dill pickle juice." I couldnít agree more. Very effervescent, carbonated texture -- which is lovely. The dill sets in at first and then I get that aforementioned earthy, organic flavor. I imagine the earthy flavor has to come from raw pumpkin, or some other type or gourd. The flavor is very distinct. Ok, I appreciate the sours that Russian River makes, but this doesnít taste as though they were attempting to make a cohesive product. How do sour and pumpkin match? This festival seems to have way too many sour pumpkin beers that donít make sense. Iím glad someone else added this beer because I was about to forget it, but I am lucky I still had my notes. I appreciate the effort, but this one is trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Draft at Elysian Great Pumpkin Festival 8 (2010) Pours deep, dark golden with slightly orange hue and a small bubbly white head that sticks to the glasses edge. The nose is light pumpkin skin and flesh, funky barnyard, wet horse blanket, slight spice, Brett, and slight lactic acid. The taste is immediately tart, slight pumpkin, slight Brett, and slight spice. Not a great sour ale, especially from RR. Decently disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AmEricanbrew (6731) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 11, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2011 Clear dark gold color/ white head. Big ass dry oak, funky barnyard, horse blanket, eggplant vegetal aromas. medium bodied, Vegetable, pickled, lactic flavors with barnyard piss, dusty pale malt... liquid tarter sauce.

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