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Dogpatch Sour - Almanac Beer Co.

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Dogpatch SourDogpatch Sour

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104 Reviews
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Reviews: 104
Hads: 1,010
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 150
Gots: 244 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Piddmeista on 07-25-2013

This barrel-aged wild ale is named for our San Francisco neighborhood and pays tribute to the Flanders Red style of beer. Aged in wine barrels, this lightly tart ale is brewed with California Rainier cherries using a house blend of wild yeasts, bacteria and SF sourdough yeast. Pair this complex ale with ripe figs & blue cheese or seafood bouillabaisse.
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Reviews by Igotmypistola:
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3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of Stevedore
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle of batch 2. Presumably from 12/2014. Served in a stemmed glass 2/12/2015.

A- Medium copper orange body, half finger white head, not much retention, no lacing. Drops into a thin collar, and eventually not a whole lot.

S- That west coast AWA aroma- lactic acid mostly, but a bit of bright citrus. Red wine, cherries. There's a good bit going on here.

F- Lactic acid, red wine tartness, tannins, oak, tart cherries, more lactic acid, finishes with a mild citrus bite. Very nice tartness that provokes a bit of salivation, a mildly harsh, burning finish. Kind of like a Warhead, but with a mild red wine character- in some ways, the subtle dark fruit, tannic flavour reminds me of sherry or port.

M- Thinner-medium body, a bit lower in carbonation and not as fizzy and crisp as expected, but still very good. Cleans off the palate perfectly in between IPAs.

O- Pretty good wild, not one that ranks among the best but it's very tasty in its own right. It has that house yeast flavour, but at the same time it's a bit more complex than their usual offerings. It's a poor man's Consecration, I think- less complexity and more tartness.

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Photo of SanDNigel
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Golden honey. Looks sweet and heavy for 7.5%. Tiny bubbles
S- Puckery cherry, acidic grape barrel, biscuit
T- Sweet then sour, finishes biscuity (definitely get the sourdough). Slightly fruity but more honey biscuit. Touch of funk. Very tasty
M- Small punctuated bubbles that still let your tongue taste the beer. Heavy for 7.5%
0- Outstanding beer. In the world of sours there's so much to explore that I would imagine trying others before diving back into this one, but a great beer I would buy again and enjoy.

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Photo of Swongler
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic sour beer. Poured from a bottle into a flute. Bottle reads: "Bottled Autumn 2013" enjoyed about 1 month after purchase.

A - Amber with small bubbles. Color reminds me of an ale I'm not particularly fond of: Anchor Steam. Slightly foggy with 3/4 inch of white head in a flute, but overall a beautiful pour.

S - Smell of sticky salt water taffy, young grapes, beer-soaked bar wood (only thing bringing it down), devils share of a wine barrel.

T - Beautiful. Slightly flowery. Makes my tongue curl a little. Nice and sour, but I would like to taste this a little higher on the sour-intensity. Hard, unripened green apples. Yeast; I can definitely taste the sourdough that they sought to add to the beer. Aftertaste of ripe lemon juice.

M - Puckered up nicely. A little more heavy on the tongue than I expected - actually a really nice feeling. Extremely refreshing on a warm, sunny San Francisco fall Sunday. Leaves a slight coat behind, enhancing the aftertaste.

O - A really good sour. Easy to drink. Not sure if I would want to pay $11 for a 12oz bottle again, when I can buy a fantastic 22oz stout or IPA at $7-$9, but if I can find it under $10, I will definitely pick up more. Highly recommend you give it a try.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Very nice appearance, nice color, orange red, really bright, no head, some carbonation streaming off the bottom

A: Big sour, vinegar aroma, slight cherry aroma

T: Sour, some cherries, wine, fruity tart sourness, very dry, slight alcohol on the finish

O: Not bad, had a Belgian Flanders Red ale that was really good, this didn't measure up, I was expecting more cherries since they were added, did not pick them up, will try more Almanac sours in the future.

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml poured into a snifter. The brew appears a beautiful clear orange color with a white fizzy cap. The smell is mildly bretty and vinous with some oaky barrel and cherry skin/pits. The taste is all the same with some alcohol warmth and slight herbal bitterness. This is medium bodied, effervescent carbonation and overall real nice stuff.

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Photo of i4ourgot
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful reddish hue not really much head to the beer. Kind of a funky aroma, maybe a little sulfur. Not the best of aromas, but as the head dissipates there is a tart red wine aroma with some subtle sweetness too it. Very lip puckering sour, tart cherry flavor. Nice and dry very light on the tongue. The puckering sour goes away and mellows out as glass becomes half empty but still just sour cherry on the flavor that's it. I don't get any of the wine barrel on the flavor just the aroma.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Dabeel
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of briang01
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freshflesh
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of algee77
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Beaver13
2.76/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7 oz bottle, batch 2. Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a medium fizzy white head that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is subdued - medicinal cherry with a little butyric acid.

The flavor is super tart and acidic cherries with a little off bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, very tart and acidic cherry sour. Not as good as I remember from on tap.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of JakerLou
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Dogpatch Sour from Almanac Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.