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Sour Wench Blackberry Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sour Wench Blackberry Ale
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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:
Photo of Stoneman78
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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. . .

Stoneman78, May 12, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

BubalooBrewMaster, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

aquazr1, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of magictrokini
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like bubbly cranberry juice with a big, rock pink head. Sweet rasberry nose. Refreshingly sour taste. Lots of rasberry more than blackberry flavors with a sweet malt back. Approaches the taste of a rasberry cobbler, but without the sugar. At least it made it fun to try something differrent.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of ehammond1
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary Party
Blue Palms BrewHouse
Los Angeles, CA

Clear red, pomegranate, and slightly purple--a very strange, unique color. Interesting to say the least.

Powerful aroma of blackberries and some tartness, along with a musty, funky, (somewhat) off-putting, wet wood funk. Again, interesting.

Sweet blackberries and cardboard without a huge amount of tart sourness, though there's definitely some musty funk. The flavors don't come together cohesively at all.

Thin to medium mouthfeel without enough carbonation.

An interesting and unique beer, but not something I have any desire to try again.

ehammond1, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.15/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Conflux of pink and purple, muddled, not really pretty, thin to no head. Aroma was funky, like feet, not good, even if some like funk, this was just sweaty gym sock.

Lacked either sour or blackberry characteristic, the wheat stood out, which was unfortunate. Very minorly tart. Fruit difficult to appreciate, as the bitterness blurs some things for me. Mouthfeel makes me think it was aged in cardboard. Thin at times.

Just not my thing, can't really get a good blackberry sour for some reason. Tasted at Stone's Sour Fest.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of iSrALE
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

iSrALE, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of OStrungT
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a ruby red color with a thick, fluffy reddish color head. The head fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a subtle backberry aroma. It smells slightly sour. It really has not more depth than that though. Sour blackberries is all I smell.

As with the aroma, I only taste sour blackberries. That is not to say that this beer is not good, just that is is very one dimentional.

This beer is highly carbonated, fitting the style well. It leaves, go figgure, a sour blackberry aftertaste.

This beer might be a decent session beer. Its lack of depth would make it easy to drink all night.

Overall: Will I ever have this beer again? I highly doubt it. There are many other better sour beers out there. Sorry Ballast Point.

OStrungT, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

acurtis, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse - served in a snifter.

Opaque deep carmine liquid with an active pink head that recedes to nothing. No lacing.

Dark berry aromatics with suggestions of wine barrel, blackberry syrup, and perhaps mild hops.

Tart, sweet, wild, fruity; while the nose seemed faintly artificial, the full flavor of the plant, extending down to the roots is represented. Vague toast probably from malt. Medium finish is not quite dry.

Slick with low carbonation; not quite medium-bodied.

A unique flavorful fruit beer with an incidental sourness (that is by no means its defining aspect).

augustgarage, Aug 25, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

StephRai, Sep 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

RomaniIteDomum, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of nickd717
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this on tap. Next to Victory at Sea and Sculpin, this was really not all that impressive.

A - Bright red in color with a small pinkish head.

S - Aroma is blackberries and raspberries, a little like a fruit candy, sweet and only mildly sour,

T - Flavor is not too exciting, a little funky with blackberries and other berries, red grapes, sugar, and a little tartness.

M - Body is medium-light and palate is not bad, but rather boring for what is supposed to be a sour beer.

D - Average. It is fairly light, but the flavor gets a bit unpleasant after awhile.

nickd717, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ O'Briens (San Diego, CA) on 3/18/10. Served in a Chimay glass.

Pours a hazy dark ruby, with a thin covering of pinkish-white foamy head. This stays pretty rich looking around the edges of the glass, leaving some sticky swathes of lace back. The aroma smells of berries, sugary malts, and a pronounced sharp grassy dankness. Sadly, nothing really sour to report here.

The taste is berry juice and sweet sugars. Some earthy and gritty hop character fills out the back of the profile. Just a touch of sourness (probably more like tartness) but much like the aroma, it isn't enough of a trait to name a beer after. Leftover earth and tang hang over into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall, with a crispness to it that lightly prickles the mouth. Some slippery slickness underneath gives this easiness across the palate, at least giving the feel a little something to write home about.

Wow, this was a disappointment from Ballast Point for me, and just not because of the totally unearned name. The flavors just aren't that rich, or exciting for that matter, as my thoughts quickly moved back over to the draft board after being barely done with a 1/2 of the glass.

Kegatron, Mar 26, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

bfred805, Sep 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

needMIbeerinMD, Oct 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

jlieber17, Oct 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

DrBier, Oct 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

salthemonster, Jun 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

indy351, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

cdog707yo, Jul 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

wethorseblanket, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of CenCalMario
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On top at Blue Palms.

Appearance is quite nice, nice carb, nice head retention- more than expected. Smell is light acidic, sour blend with Blueberries. Taste nice, low to med sourness, tart. Mouthfeel is good, not heavy or overly light. Refreshing. Overall a nice beer, would have another. Easy sour beer for transitional sour drinkers.

CenCalMario, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled and reviewed from notes taken during SDBW last week.

A- Semi murky pink body with a small creamy off white head. Decent head retention and the foam falls to a nice ring. Moderate spotty lace leaves the glass speckled with patches.

S- Something funky almost like hay and barnyard but not quite the same. Juicy berries fill out the rest of the nose with a fresh character.

T- Changes quite a bit here, somehow tastes like a black raspberry milkshake with great juicy berry hints and a nice tartness. Some lactic lemony tarts and fruity/berries all the way.

MF- Foamy and creamy texture to a light dried out body. Tartness at a low to medium level but does enough to add a huge compliment to the flavor.

Juicy and tart berry blast, somehow like a milkshake to me.

cbutova, Nov 15, 2013
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Sour Wench Blackberry Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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