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Sour Wench Blackberry Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sour Wench Blackberry Ale
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80
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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(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 -12.5%

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. . .

05-12-2008 00:18:56 | More by Stoneman78
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

04-20-2014 04:54:27 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

06-03-2014 04:39:09 | More by aquazr1
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magictrokini

California

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

12-04-2008 23:59:25 | More by magictrokini
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ehammond1


2.83/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

08-16-2011 22:12:59 | More by ehammond1
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.15/5  rDev -38.9%

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.

10-11-2011 23:55:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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iSrALE

Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

12-18-2011 21:41:06 | More by iSrALE
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OStrungT

California

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

08-08-2007 14:19:47 | More by OStrungT
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augustgarage

California

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%

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).

08-25-2011 02:57:21 | More by augustgarage
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-13-2012 15:08:57 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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nickd717

California

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

10-06-2009 22:25:01 | More by nickd717
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

03-26-2010 16:57:05 | More by Kegatron
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jlieber17

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

10-26-2012 23:52:05 | More by jlieber17
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LakerLeith

California

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

06-29-2014 15:26:50 | More by LakerLeith
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

06-07-2014 00:27:11 | More by salthemonster
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cdog707yo

California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

07-14-2014 22:28:35 | More by cdog707yo
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CenCalMario

California

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

10-26-2011 00:43:12 | More by CenCalMario
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

11-15-2013 22:50:12 | More by cbutova
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mrkrispy

California

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%

Have had this on tap several times at Ballast Point, Hamilton's and Obriens, a least two different batches. I didn't find much variability between them.

This pours a magnificent purple with reddish tones. Slight fizzy head quickly dissolves.

Aromas of berry, very forward. Sourness is evident, slight banana tone?

Beer is thinly bodied and fizzy. A wallop of tartness from the berries (Marionberries according to the Brewer). The fruit flavor is very very prevalent, very little hop or malt as a balance. The sour and tart flavors compound while drinking it, but then subside after a bit. With the subtle malts there seems to be a mix of yeast strains, like a German wheat mixed with a Belgian. I can't taste characteristics of many other sour beers but it doesn't have the characteristics of American wilds.

I find this to be an interesting beer. It isn't quite a lambic and it doesn't seem to be trying to fit the style of a Belgian style sour beer. Unique and I celebrate Ballast Point for that.

05-24-2008 20:26:11 | More by mrkrispy
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T_Hass

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-09-2014 16:03:03 | More by T_Hass
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510a

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

05-18-2014 15:55:12 | More by 510a
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womencantsail

California

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

A: The pour is a dark crimson looking color with a huge pink tinted head that just won't go away.

S: The nose offers up some blackberry, tannic fruit skins, some mild notes of grass, and a bit of oak.

T: The flavor is somewhat blunt. Certainly astringent and somewhat bitter, almost, with lots of fruit skin and seed flavor. A bit of blackberry and lemon juice tartness.

M: The body is light to medium with a somewhat soft, but plentiful, carbonation.

D: Of the sour Ballast Point beers, this is my least favorite. The fruit flavor is not really there and overall, it's somewhat abrasive and harsh.

07-22-2010 06:04:53 | More by womencantsail
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Jstark5150

California

2.5/5  rDev -29%

01-03-2012 00:46:16 | More by Jstark5150
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

06-03-2014 07:46:35 | More by SocalKicks
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FosterJM

California

3.03/5  rDev -13.9%

1447th Review on BA
Draft to Taster
4oz

@Bruery Provisions for Experimental Sour Flight

App- A mismash of colors in the glass with purples dominating with a bit of pink and red highlights. A nice one finger head that left a little trace of bubbles on the top.

Smell- It was very similar to a artifical Lindemans, with a pungent blackberry note. I told callmecoon it reminded me of Boons farms from when I was younger. Just didnt feel like beer.

Taste- It was sweet, but not tart nor sour. A bit thick on blackberry but expected and didnt really give off a good craft well made flavor but more of a sugary drink taste. It was okay.

Mouth- A thicker body kinda syrupy with a thicker carbonation and a residual blackberry. About average for what the flavors brought to the the table.

Drink- Just okay, I was expecting a lot more out of this. Good thing it was a small pour.

08-15-2012 17:26:18 | More by FosterJM
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Sour Wench Blackberry Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.