Ferris (16106) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
Bottle - Funky stone fruit. Cloudy gold with a decent white head. Tons of tart stone fruit, light acidity and a bit of a dry finish. Nice and balanced. Syndicate (180) - Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Thanks Toby for this. Pours out a hazy straw with almost no head. Aroma is funky tart and horse blanket. Flavor is just like the aroma. Tart and delicious. BuckeyeBoy (8204) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2015
750ml bottle thanks to Toby. pours out a cloudy wheat color with a ring of head. Nose is great fruit tart some sweetness lots of funky sour notes. Taste is more of the sour tartness some fruit peach apricot great. Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2015
2014 bottle at Toronado in SF. Pours a hazy light orange deep golden color with an off white head. Big sour aroma and flavor that lingers long into the finish, but not much character otherwise. Great beer overall, but honestly a bit disappointed seeing as that it hits #1 on the top 50 sours. Glad I got to try it though. spycow (21) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2015
I’ve fortunate to have tried the first version of Cable Car and many others. Continues to be one of the best american sours. Perfect level of tartness and level of carbonation. Taste is that very sour, bitter and tart sour ale. Hit it hits your palate with a major hit of that tartness but leaves you wanting more. Look forward to trying new versions if made going forward. Cheers!
rlgk (18851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2015
Draught at Toronado, San Diego during SDBW 2015. Clear pale golden beer with almost no head. Sour grapefruit aroma, tart, citrus, funky woody, grapes, vinous notes, oak, hay notes. Sour grapefruit flavor, tart, raisins, woody, funky, grapes, oak, vinous, cheesy, lemon zest notes. Great balance in this one, glad to have tried it. RichTheVillan (8042) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle cheers to K Man; crystal clear golden amber pour with a creamy off white head, aroma has mellow funk with some lemon, taste has nice lemon action, some brett, peach, unexpected whale. Dogbrick (13398) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Sample at Denver Rare Beer Tasting VII on 09/25/2015. Cloudy orange-gold color with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to a sparse outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of citrus. oak, yeast and malt. Medium body with flavors of tart citrus and apples, yeast, oak and malt. The finish is moderately tart with a lemon and funky yeast aftertaste. Good beer all around. Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - OCT 25, 2015
This was never supposed to be an official "milestone" rate, but it’s languored in my backlog while I tried to find the right way to rate it. But I can’t live in the past forever, and I’d hate for it to be forgotten. So now, after a poker night, drinking the remnants of a Cycle pallet 4 that was shared by another generous RBian (you guys are the best), it’s time to finally do this. RobertDale (6650) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2015
So a few months back I meet up with beastiefan2k to play basketball. I don’t remember the game, but he probably owned me the way he does (it’s a crime for a dude who is so much shorter than me to beat me so bad, but he does and I guess I have to deal with it). Afterward, he says he’ll buy me a beer to celebrate the birth of my second child -- after he already gifted us a nice bottle of champagne. So we head to Toronado -- Eugene thinks ahead and changes clothes to be all respectable, because he’s a respectable guy, but I look more-or-less homeless, with an unkempt beard and sweat pooling atop my beer belly. And I’m all like, "I’ll have the kolsch." But Eugene says, "what? No, this is a celebration. Let me get you a nice beer." And then Eugene, Mr. Can-You-Believe-How-Much-They-Want-For-That-Beer, without batting an eye, orders us a $65 bottle of Cable Car. Not only that, he has us text OldMrCrow to join in. Not only that, but he offers to share the bottle with the staff. After they decline, a random friend of mine shows up at the bar, and Eugene is all like "hey, do you want some Cable Car?" And he says, "huh, what is that, is it a stout or something?" And Eugene just smiles and says, "no, it’s a sour." No more, no less, and friend takes the glass, shares it with his girlfriend, they both say, "huh, that’s pretty good for a sour. Thanks." And that’s how Eugene rolls -- making it rain Cable Car for all the people in the house, like it ain’t no thing. like it’s just beer or something.
So here’s the thing. I can rate this beer because I took notes (to follow). But I don’t really remember the beer at all. What I remember is hanging out with Eugene and Crow, drinking this beer at Toronado, and thinking, "Goddamn, Eugene is a cool dude. I could learn a lot from this guy." So yeah, cheers to Eugene, a cool dude we should all drink with more often.
Anyway, the beer, because I guess this is still a rating about a beer. Pours gold, somewhere between hazy and clear, with thin layer of irregularly clingy bubbles. Aroma/taste bring, in no particular order: Oak. Vinegar. Funk. Sweetness, but no Cheerios (of which I whole-heartedly approve). Fruit (think something in the peach family). Vinous. Assertively tart, but not aggressive -- Carl nails it with the "approachable" deScriptor. Overall: this is quite the treat.
2014 shared bottle. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a very small white head. Aroma of fruit, funk, and wood. Taste is tart fruit, citrus, funk, earth, and wood. Very nice.