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Sour In The Rye With Kumquats - The Bruery

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872 Ratings
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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 219
Gots: 182 | FT: 35
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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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4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that seems to have similar retention. The head is an off-white with yellow hints while the body is a deep amber with slight hints of maroon which appears as a medium to dark amber when held up to the light. Some lacing has been left behind. Minor sheeting neer the surface of the beer.

Nose- Very interesting. There's the obvious sour but it builds from there. Citrus, mostly orange, which moves into stone fruit with a little bit of their fleshy bitterness. This echoes perfume and bug spray, almost a little bit of formic acid. This mellows out and shows an aroma redolent of orange sherbet. Nice and creamy- I wonder if this is the kumquat? Really evens out the acetic acid. Swirling reveals even more creaminess. Maybe a little bit of vanilla from the oak? I think so.

Taste- Very evocative of the nose- starts off with bright citrus compounded with stone fruits while the tartness is mitigated by the orange sherbert notes. Many times I have problems with the sour nature of wild ales but this beer is a dream. Maybe I've become more used to them but this beer is extremely accessible and shows a bit more complexity from a sour than I'm used to detecting. Sort of like a tart version of Creamsicle. Other red fruits start to show- strawberry and cherry. There's a little bit of grass and straw floating around. Also a slight funk. I think the oak aging really adds another dimension to this by adding a subtle vanilla which really smooths this beer out. Really good to great beer and I'm mostly leaning to great beer at the moment. It's hard to think of a flaw. It maybe could use more funk but this really more of a desire on my part than a flaw. Peach syrup, nectarines. So slinky. Some Sweet Tarts in the background with a slight bitterness- orange peel, green stone fruit.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with lots of syrup and lots of juiciness to the texture. Ample carbonation really agrees with this beer. Such strong orange juice notes (with a little chewiness) that my brain thinks this is a little pulpy. It isn't but it's still nice to think so.

Drinkability- This may be the easiest drinking sour I've ever had. Incredible balance and integration matched by outstanding complexity and presence. And it's so incredibly smooth. Not sure if I would ever buy it again but it's worth the 25-30 bucks you would spend.

Overall- Just a great beer. So approachable but also a bright star among many good sours. Very accessible for a non-beer drinker. Without a doubt, a must try. Even if you don't like sours. It's that good.

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Sour In The Rye With Kumquats from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 872 ratings.