RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial Sour Ale Brewed with Tart Cherry Juice New York State ranks 4th for tart cherry production in the US, with the majority of the acreage located in four Western New York Counties located about 2 hours from our brewery. We source our tart cherry juice from a grower in Niagara County on the shores of Lake Ontario where the glaciated soils and lake-tempered northern climate are ideal for growing tart cherries. Tart cherries are known as a “super food” and their price reflects this moniker. They have one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any food, a truly brilliant red color, and a clean, bright, juicy aroma and flavor that’s accentuated by their natural acidity. We maintain a culture of Lactobacillus buchneri that is used to sour wort over three days, starting at a pH of 5.5 and finishing around 3.4. After souring is complete, the wort is boiled, hopped, spiced, cooled, and pitched with our house ale strain of yeast. After roughly 24 hours of fermentation, the tart cherry concentrate is added directly to the fermentation vessel. Exactly when the cherry juice is added is a delicate balancing act of adding the juice (more sugar) early enough so that the fermentation will complete, but late enough that the delicate flavors, aromas, and colors of the juice are preserved as much as possible. It would be a travesty to add such beautiful and rare juice to hot wort, don’t you think? The finished beer is a striking, lustful shade of red with a persistent white head and durable lacing thanks to the large portion of wheat in the grist. The nose is defined by equal parts bright lactic acidity and cherry notes with a hint of coriander. On the palate, the strong lactic acidity is accentuated by the natural tartness of the cherry juice. Quantitatively, this beer is quite sweet, but we find that this level of residual sweetness is just enough to balance the acidity and that the overall perception of the beer is actually quite dry. The beer finishes very clean and in conjunction with the salt in the finish, it definitely makes you want to come back for more.

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2.6
ehaak26 (680) - - OCT 22, 2017
Bottle from Hegedorn's Grocery. Aroma of tart cherries and some spice. Taste is medicinal.

3.8
Ratman197 (15228) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2017
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of wheat, yeast, saltiness, coriander and light cherry. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of wheat, yeast, saltiness, coriander and light cherry with a crisp dry tart finish.

4.3
newsmanmarc (4) - - SEP 16, 2017 does not count
Truly surprised. Nice cherry taste w just enough tartness. Def a keeper!!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
DrunkSanta410 (970) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 14, 2017
Faint pink pour, faint pink head. Aroma is faint cherry, tart, salinity. Taste is lightly tart, faint cherry, faint grain. Not bad. Very light for the ABV.

3.5
jredmond (8518) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2017
Draft at Screamen Eagle with A&E, B&E, F&T and PJ. Pours a reddish amber with soft white ring of lace. Nose is sour, lactic and sugar. Mouthfeel begins with a soda-like texture, but takes a turn for the better towards a nice fuller body with sour cherry, vanilla and faint tart minerals.

3.9
Shag (3041) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2017
Appearance is a ruby red color with a white head. The aroma contains some lemons, sea salt, cherries. Its musty like an old towel but somehow works. The flavor is sour but also sweet with some citrus, cherry, and salty and dry. Wow this is different. Some bitterness is in there. Overall I’ve had many train wrecks in this new Gose trend but this one was done right with a cool twist. Yes have some!

3.9
can8ianben (1577) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2017
Whew, this is lovely - not too oppressively fruity, and very drinkable, but with a complexity not usually found in fruit beers. I like!

3.6
j12601 (13036) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2017
Bottle at North River. Pours a clear pinked orange with a thin white head. A vague hint of cherry, toasted pastries. Medium bodied, soft and tart, a touch of salinity, soft tartness. Softly warm on the finish. Interesting.

3.6
tmoreau (4596) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2017
On tap at John’s Restaurant & Tavern in Winfield. IL. as a full, rock glass sampler, showing a clear, copper color, a modest layer of pink foam that rapidly reduced to a thin ring and some film, with light spots of lacing. The nose was cherry, syrupy sweetness, yet pronounced tartness, with a touch of vinous character. Light to medium bodied, with nice spritz to the effervescence, the taste was similar, with subtle salinity, 8.3% alcohol that was rather hidden, and some dryness to the finish. Tasty, but not Imperial, imo.

3.2
Cybercat (6046) - Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2017
Taps clear copper with a minimal head. Aroma presents tart cherry and fresh malt notes. Flavor offers tart cherry and malt character, and a woody hop hint. Mouthfeel features decent body and OK fizz. Cherry cheers to you!


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