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Sour In The Rye With Kumquats - The Bruery

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 215
Gots: 182 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
We've all come to know and love our 40% rye malt, barrel aged sour ale, Sour in the Rye. Now it's time to enjoy that very same beer, but with fresh kumquats added to the mix. This fruited sour reveals incredible notes of both bitterness from the citrus rind as well as an unmistakable tropical sweetness from macerating the entire fruit and adding it to barrels.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-18-2012)
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a murky orange with no head and no lacing. Smell is incredible with sour, funky, and tart fruits especially the kumquats and tropical fruits. Taste is also the same with a very nice kumquat flavor that takes prominence. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very nice wild ale all around but it smells a bit better than it tastes in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

djrn2, Sep 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

acurtis, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Thorpe429, Dec 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

nmann08, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Texasfan549, Oct 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

GRG1313, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

kjkinsey, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exacerbating the already present citrusy character ,the addition of the highly fragrant kumquats gives this sour rye ale an even more highly citrus boost.

Its hazy burnt orange hue precedes the fruit additions with its own visual weight and haze. As the nose draws near, the tantalizing scent of sourness locks the jaws and evokes mouthwatering response. Its first sip is strikingly sour with the same sour white grape, lime, lemon, crabapple medley as the original Sour in the Rye.

Intensifying over the middle, its sharply acidic taste strips the palate and penetrates with utmost lactic sourness. Approaching dry chardonnay and apple cider vinegar at times, the dried citrus character turns lightly musty and earthen while peppery rye and its associated huskiness lurk in the shadows of taste.

Crisp, clean and utter refreshing, the thirst-stripping sourness leaves the palate dry and only moderately earthy as subtleties of cork, cellar-like must, weathered oak, tobacco and damp soil emerge in aftertaste.

BEERchitect, Jul 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

ygtbsm94, Dec 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

kylehay2004, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Reserve Society Party 2012

Hazy orange color with minimal head due to the cask pour. Starts out with a nice vanilla aroma. Tons of kumquat and a very citrusy aroma overall. A decent amount of wood with just a mild rye and vinegar note. A touch of grass along with the wood really the only funk. Restrained acetic qualities and a nice tartness overall. Plenty of kumquat flavor makes this really enjoyable.

womencantsail, Jul 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Knapp85, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

SocalKicks, Jun 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

largadeer, Jul 18, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

It's funny, every time I think of kumquats, my mind goes back to that skit from Sesame Street back in the day about the picky girl who didn't like kumquats (mostly because she'd never had them before and was skeptical of new things) until she'd tried them. How odd the brain works sometimes, amiright? Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy sunset ruby-amber topped by a short finger of cream foam. The nose comprises apple vinegar, cherry-flavored ShockTarts, light balsa, mild toffee, light sour plum, and a wash of sour citrus juices (potentially including the kumquat, but I have no earthly idea what that smells or tastes like, so...). The taste brings in more of the same, plenty of vinegar and straight sourness mixing with the fruit and an undercurrent of toffee-imbued sweetness that serves mostly to buoy and support the sour rather than combat it. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky-ish finish. Overall, a damn fine bit of sour, and, brother, does it ever bring the sour! Still, it's not overwhelming, but rather delicious and complex, not unlike Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge with a sharper acidity and highe3r fruitiness. Good times, indeed.

TMoney2591, Sep 28, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Eric for sharing this one!
Quick review from written notes.

Dark orange color, lightly hazy, a frothy collar of cream colored foam around the edges of the glass.

Zesty aroma, some light fruity acidity, kumquat... sure?

Super tart and acidic flavors of unripe fruit, mainly crabapple and grape (the tiny green sour variety). Very dry and puckering, gets the old salivary glands working into overdrive. Can't say i've ever had a kumquat, but guessing it adds some acidity and sugars to fuel the wild yeasts' activity.

emerge077, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

JAHMUR, Jan 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

nickfl, Oct 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Kegatron, Mar 01, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another rudzud split.

Decent foamy slight creamy 1/2 finger head that fades pretty quickly, murky dark mahogany brownish honey red color.

Nose nice stone fruit and kumquat, cross between citrus and apricot like fruit, strange Brazilian like fruit, little sweet candy malt bit syrupy, bit of Jack fruit too, big kumquat juicy, some tartness and sour fruit like, juicy mild bitterness.

Taste stats with sour fruit, fairly tart but not overly, sweet candy malt base, juicy fruit again cross between citrus like Clementine and stone like apricot fruit, must be the kumquat, sour sweet candy sour patch kids flavor, little brown sugar candy, touch sticky sweet brown malt, and just a touch of barrel. Finish is sticky sweet, little flemmy sour malt, light acid, more of the kumquat fruit, light mango juice.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, little sticky and flemmy.

Overall not bad but nothing too special, fruit is great but overpowers at the same time.

jlindros, Aug 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 15, 2013
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Sour In The Rye With Kumquats from The Bruery
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