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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sour Wench was a Home Brew Mart recipe that we made every year for the Southern California Home brewers Fest in Temecula. This Blackberry Ale was originally developed by Ballast Point’s original Master Brewer Peter A’Hearn and Colby Chandler. While interning in Germany, Peter fell in love with the Berliner Weiss style of beer. A beer made with a procedure in which the mash was soured. The tartness of the Oregon State Marion Blackberries, at one pound per gallon, was a perfect addition for this sour style. Sour Wench is not aged in oak barrels. In the end, it’s a great bridge beer into the Sour Style’s.

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3.1
yespr (45447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
From tap at OBrians. Pours hazy to murky purple with a creamy pink head. Mild acidic and spiced blackberry aroma. Flavour is quite acidic/citric with a nice berry fruity flavour. Lingering fruity and citric finish.

3.2
Ungstrup (37583) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2009
Draft. An unclear dark red beer with a thin pinkish head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt and blackberries. The flavor is sweet and acidic with strong notes of blackberries, leading to a dry and lightly tart finish, where the berry notes lingers.

3.3
anders37 (26625) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2017
Draft @ Ballast Point - Home Brew Mart, San Diego, CA. Pours a red color with a small white head. Has a fruity sour tart blackberry aroma. Fruity sour tart blackberry flavor. Has a fruity sour tart blackberry finish.

3.5
Travlr (24759) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2017
Draft. Hazy pinkish purple color. Blackberry and lemon aroma. Taste is lightly tart berries. Decent.

3.3
Theydon_Bois (19506) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2014
Keg at the Little Italy taproom, 12/11/14. Clear claret with no head. Nose is tangy berries, sweet notes with a little sourness, tartened blackberries. Taste comprises tangy blackberry, straw, subtle acidity, red berry sours. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a gentle puckering effect. Decent enough ’Linner, would have preferred it tuned up a little more in a sharper more acidic sense.

3.4
rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2016
Draught at Ballast Point, Linda Vista Road, San Diego. Sour blackberry flavor, grapes, citrus, some bilberries. Blackberry flavor, grapes, metallic, some citrus. Ok.
Earlier Rating: 4/14/2014 Total Score: 3.7
Draught at Ballast Point Tasting Room. Clear deep red/ruby color, almost no head. Malty caramel aroma, blackberries, lingon berries, sourish, caramel, some citrus. Sour blackberry flavor, caramel, strawberries, lingon berries, citrus, floral, tart, lots of berries. Good beer.

3.8
mcberko (17830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2017
On tap at Ballast Point - Scripps Ranch, pours a cloudy pinkish amber with a small white head. Aroma brings out deep tart blackberry pie, light wild character and jam. Flavour is very jammy, with tart blackberry jam, some fruit pie and a bone dry pithy quality. Wonderfully constructed, with a lingering jammy character. Really nice.

4
jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Draft at Sour’ed in September. Pours raspberry with pink head. Nose/taste of super fresh blackberries, wheat and light lactose. More New Glarus fruit beer than berliner weisse. Awesome stuff. Medium body.

3.1
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 21, 2010
A: The pour is a dark crimson looking color with a huge pink tinted head that just won’t go away. S: The nose offers up some blackberry, tannic fruit skins, some mild notes of grass, and a bit of oak. T: The flavor is somewhat blunt. Certainly astringent and somewhat bitter, almost, with lots of fruit skin and seed flavor. A bit of blackberry and lemon juice tartness. M: The body is light to medium with a somewhat soft, but plentiful, carbonation. D: Of the sour Ballast Point beers, this is my least favorite. The fruit flavor is not really there and overall, it’s somewhat abrasive and harsh.

3.7
bhensonb (15193) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
Tap at the Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours reddish black (or purple?) with a slight pinkish head. Aroma of tart/sour berry - but some sweet aroma too. Near med body. Flavor is more tart than sour. Very berry. Goes quite astringent eventually. Tasty. Adventure: Mixed some 50/50 with the Berryessa Whippersnapper. Chocolate and blackberry = good!


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