Old Growth - Trinity Brewing Company
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Reviews by vacax:
3.05/5 rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
Thanks to Jer for sharing this with me. Also thanks to The Firkins who recommended this beer as the "sourest thing they have ever tasted." Old Growth pours a deep brown with little head, a few microbubbles stick to the edges of the glass, nearly nothing though. Good clarity. The aroma has some berry or currant to it, though it is hard to get past excessive amounts of nail polish and acetic acids.
While the aroma is somewhat lacking, the flavor itself works in concert with the sharp, acetic notes. This sour character is intense and defines the beer from start to finish, everything else is background. The front of the tongue picks up berries, maybe marionberries or sour cherry, it is hard to detect on account of the pervasive sourness. Cocoa powder also comes through a bit, though it is hard to identify in the face of such sourness. The finish (aside, again, from acidic/acetic sourness) brings bit more tart berry, touch of earth, and some puffed corn cereal. This beer is unique--intensely sour without aplogy and little else defines it. I imagine this to be very love/hate.
The body is moderately thick and there is very little carbonation, which hurts the appearance but lets the acidic notes sting the throat in its place. Nice to have a small glass of this and see what complexities I can pick up in something so intense. Sour as all hell, and acidic, do not open this without a small group to try it. It is too hard to drink more than a little bit though. Good in small doses.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2010 02:15:01 | More by vacax
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3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
surprised this is rated as low as it is, thought there was a lot of hype about it? anyways, the beer is darn good, yet not adding much to the genre, despite the addition of toasted almonds to the brew, which i wanted to taste a lot more than i do. while there is a distinct nuttiness amongst all the lactic sour intensity and acidic chocolate malt, that earthy vanilla milky complex never arrives. not much head or real carbonation to this, it could use about 25% more of these than it has, but other than that, the beer is great. nice acidity, some simplicity too for trinity, who is known for bizarre recipes, clay aging and the like. this is a bit more straight forward, very much in the oud bruin style, with all the sourness coming on the tail end. mild malt body, almonds flash in for just a second mid palate when i search for them, but a higher dose of that would set this beer apart.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2014 01:02:50 | More by StonedTrippin
Old Growth from Trinity Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.