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Sour Wench Blackberry Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sour Wench Blackberry Ale
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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%


Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 08-05-2007)
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Reviews by Stoneman78:
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Stoneman78

California

3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at Hamilton's

Appearance is a cranberry red hue, interesting foamy pools of pink-red bubbles, minimal lacing

Smell is sugary sweetness mostly, tart candy, jolly ranchers, light fruit, cherries, vanilla, blackberries, fairly subtle overall

Taste is initially a light kool-aid sweetness almost, definite overtones of berries and tartness, some chalky residue and vinegar in the middle, finishes with bubbly light fruit, absence of any noticeable sourness here

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery texture, Pellegrino-like carbonation lingers long after the finish and is distracting

Drinkability is low, an interesting fruit beer that is somewhat tart but totally lacking in true sourness, the tartness reminds me of Alpine's Ichabod (but that one was also much sourer), the carbonation was also too powerful

I get the feeling that in a blind taste I would take this to be a berry kool-aid with selzer water and a touch of alcohol. I'm not a fan, but this could be a refreshing drink on a hot day. . .

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2008 00:18:56 | More by Stoneman78
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Sour Wench Blackberry Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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