Dogpatch Sour - Almanac Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
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847 Ratings
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Ratings: 847
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.57%
Wants: 146
Gots: 195 | FT: 25
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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Photo of Stevedore
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of i4ourgot
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of SanDNigel
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.76/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Photo of Swongler
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2013)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Another really fantastic sour from Almanac. Though not particularly attractive, the aroma and flavor make up for it in spades. Huge notes of cherry Fruit Roll Up, wine notes, oak, and a bit of sourdough yeast character come through nicely. The wine character is quite pronounced in the flavor, especially as the beer warms. I've been wildly impressed with most everything I've had from Almanac's sour lineup, and this one is fantastic as well.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 375mL bottle into a teku glass.

Pour produces a light and fluffy head that looks pretty but quickly recedes to become a lacy film over the cherry skin-colored body. It's brownish and red with blonde hues. Robust carbonation is visible. 4.5

Cherry's the name on the nose. Really smells like tart cherries and their pulp and skin. It's slightly funky and there's a malt aroma that's of faint chocolate, caramel and bread. 4.25

Damn that's good. Tart cherries just dominate the flavor here. Those and some funk and a bit of lemony acidity. Sweeter notes of vanilla and caramel along with faint breadiness swirl in and out to diversify the flavors. 4.25

It's pretty damn acidic and mouth-puckering, but this brew does a good job of not being vinegary. It's got a good creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. 4.25

More goodness from Almanac.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -5.4%

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. Into Hill Farmstead stemware.

A clear copper brew. Nose is subtle but the flavor is incredibly tart, acidic and delicious. Notes of tart cherry, oak, plastic and vinegar. The sour never really lets up. Feel carries the flavor perfectly. Aggressive, crisp and finishes puckering. Certainly worth having.

Photo of dirtylou
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, collins pub

from notes

In the vein of Supplication, but quite far from that level. I like Rainier cherries, but they are far from the most flavorful and seem like a poor choice to incorporate in a beer - so its no surprise that the cherry billing was a bit of a letdown. Moderate tartness - lots of vinous notes, wood, sugars. Good, but not great and not on the same level as the other wild ales I've had from Almanac

Photo of Fatehunter
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours almost no head on a hazy dark straw body.
The aroma is sour wood, in the best way.
The taste starts with a fruity sour that turns to a sharp tart flavor.
The texture is fizzy and fun.
This is a fun beer.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy reddish orange with minimal head and no retention. It looks flat after the head dies down but a nice vibrant color.

Smells like vinegar and tart cherries.

Really tart. The cherries are obvious and as they state, pays tribute to flanders red. There's a faint sweet offset of brown sugar. Apple cider vinegar. Acidic.

Puckering, tart mouthfeel. Despite the flat appearance there's a pleasant prickly carbonation.

A very nice wild ale. Refreshing and light, yet punishing.

Photo of antott0523
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almanac Dogpatch Sour

On draft poured into a snifter at Clinton Hall NYC.

A: Pours a translucent caramel color dark enough to kill the light. Thick off white head that disappears as I drink the beer. No lacing and a minimal amount of visible carbonation. 4

N: The nose is buttery. Heavy cream with hints of oak. Raw sourdough. Sweeter notes of cherry, pear and a touch of vanilla lead to a faint tartness of meyer lemon zest. Stunningly complex. 5.

T: Sits in the medium high to high end of the sour. Detectable notes of wood and vanilla with dry white wine, tart fresh cherry, grape must leading to a delicate and clean sour finish. 4.5

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and round mouthfeel. 4.5

D: Very complex and pleasant drinking beer. One could argue this was a poor choice for kale salad with lemon juice dressing and wurst with sauerkraut due to the sour overload, but this beer has enough levels due to the complex yeast bill and wine barrel aging to be sour, but highly drinkable.

After this beer and Bourbon Sour Porter I am extremely impressed by the sour ales brewed by these guys. Delicious job!

Photo of EliotRosewater
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - kind of a reddish copper, amber color. Pours almost no head. Very little retention.

S - pretty much what I expected based on the description of the beer. Funky, lacto sourness up front, sour morello cherries, a pretty healthy amount of wine and oak barrel mixed in there.

T - great cherry flavor coming through. On the back end, there is a great oaky, wine barrel finish. Not overly sour but a very pleasant tartness.

M - light mouthfeel with a fair carbonation. Doesn't quite deliver the salivary gland pucker finish that I was looking for (based on #3).

O - the comparisons to supplication are inevitable. Unfortunately, this beer isn't in the same league. That being said, this is a delicious sour and really refreshing. For me, not as impressive as #3 or #4.

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Thanks Skye for this one!

Poured a copper orange color, lasting foam and lacing, good clarity.

Aroma was sharply acidic, fairly one dimensional and not overtly of cherry.

Taste was also puckeringly sour, maybe an 8/10 on my sourness scale. Indistinct fruit in the background, very citric and sour upfront, short lived in the finish. Spritzy and medium bodied. It was pretty good though not something i'd probably get again. Needs more nuance and fruit character.

Photo of Catracho5
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of TruePerception
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almanac's Dogpatch Sour (Batch No. 3), ale brew with cherries and aged in wine barrels. 7.5% ABV. And, apparently they use a house blend of sourdough and wild brewer's yeasts. Should be interesting...

A: Roughly one and a half fingers of fluffy, active head. Fairly quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Orange, moving towards red in the center. Yellow in the dimple. Opaque enough that I can only seem the shadow of my hand through the glass.

S: Sour as soon as the cap is popped. That's a good sign! Funky Morello cherry, strawberry, faint lime acidity, tartaric. Very slight medicinal herbaceousness. Slight earth and funk.

T/MF: Big, lemony tartness up front! Funky back note, towards the roof of the mouth. Cherry pit. Slight spike of tartaric rising after the more citrusy sourness. Subtle black cherry. Citric acid kind of sinks into your lips.

Poured from a 375mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Edit: Nice red color in lower light.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1. Poured in to snifter.

A - Cloudy opaque bright orange/amber colour with a thin layer of white head.

S - Sour vinegar-like aroma up front with a big oak presence. Some lighter cherry notes and a bready sweetness also come through.

T - A dry sourness without being puckering. Sweet breadiness, oak, sour cherry and some grape notes. The cherry was very muted and definitely not as prevalent as I had hoped.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of nataku00
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy reddish orange with minimal head and lacing. Not much visible through the haze.

Nose is sour cherry, red wine vinegar, oak, generic sweet red berry.

Red wine vinegar and light cherry tartness hits the tongue first, with some sweeter cherry and red berry flavors. A touch of oak and brown sugar sweetness. Finishes dry without much of an aftertaste.

Light body with some decent carbonation tickling the tongue. A decent beer, but the flavor on the tongue was a bit lighter than I expected.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blue Palms' 5th Anniversary in Hollywood, CA.

Pretty much all one wants to ask for in a sour. Spunky like Buffy the vampire slayer, yet subtle like Grace Kelly during her princess days. Raul likes it, Raul likes it a lot...but it is also so amazingly average at the same time (if that makes sense) that Raul wouldn't mind trying something else if he had other options.

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter to a deep amber with a small white head that quickly fades to nothingness
S: smells of sour cherries, vanilla, oak, and funk
T: taste brings a huge smack of sourness on the palate with some cherry flavors, hints of oak and vanilla and a slight funkyness. swallow is more sourness with some vanilla, oak and some sweetness
M: Medium in the mouth with good effervescent carbonation that keeps things lively and a drying finish
O: Overall, this beer is exceptional. It's hellactiously sour but the flavors of the beer do manage to poke through.

Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Clear reddish orange, not much carbonation, or head.

S-Good deal of funk, oak and cherries, some grassy notes as well.

T-Starts with semi-sweet cherries then in the finish good balance with the oak notes and a nice fruity sourness.

M-Lighter in body, not much carbonation, definitely some sour notes.

O-The balance was rather good, a solid sour. It could have used more complexity but the flavors that were there were good and balanced together.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 375ml bottle. Batch 1.

A: Pours a hazy sunburst orange with an initial half-inch, large bubbled, white head which fades to the rim leaving spotty lace.

N: Sour cherries, damp wood, basalmic notes an ode to the Flander's style, slight funk and yeasty. On warming the Rainer cherries become more prominent.

T: Sour cherries, lemon zest, oak tannins, grainy, vinous. Not complex or layered but well integrated.

M: Semi-moderate body and carbonation. Astringent/tart lemony and tannic finish.

O: Potential for cellaring is good to see how the funk might evolve. Cherry flavor component is already fairly light, so additional aging may not have much impact. Nice fresh. Solid, but I feel Reserve #3 and #4 are superior.

Photo of CHickman
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled October 2014 - Batch #3: Pours a completely cloudy reddish copper color with a 2-3 finger foamy light tan head that was full of bubbles that popped and dissipated over a minute, making a hissing sound like a shaken up soda as it went down. The brew left no lacing and the Cerise Sour Blond made the same sounds so this must be an Almanac thing and I think it’s pretty cool.

Smells of cherry, sour fruit, candy or fruity medicine like Tums, grains, white wine, earthy funk, woody oak notes and sour juice aromas. The nose has the hard to describe red wine thing going on that makes this seem 60/40 beer to wine since there are a lot of earthy notes that all seem to blend together. I detect some honey and flowers from a few inches away too, very interesting.

Tastes fruity up front with the cherry very present and mixing with grains as well as yeast, then the shift goes acidic and tart with sour fruit juice, berries, a mix of chilled red and white wine, a little cracker, pepper and some smoky oak notes. Less earthy and more fruity than the nose, this hides the ABV completely and is not too sour, not too tart but yet pretty complex with a backbone that feels slightly malty with a touch of dry hops or tea leaf. Would love to have this on a hot summer night with a spicy fish dish or a cheese platter as suggested on the bottle.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, smooth and thin feeling with very mild carbonation that is a little fizzy on the tongue and fades off sweet and sour. A really enjoyable beer overall and one I will definitely have again.

Photo of ebin6
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The obvious comparison here is Supplication no matter how much you don't want to draw comparisons. I don't like it either, but if you're a sour drinker on the West Coast, I'm having a hard time seeing how you can avoid it. The good news: it's in the same stratosphere, which is praise enough. The uncomfortable news: it is somewhat frustrating to try and review it objectively. Supplication holds such a special place in my BA heart that this almost feels like beer-daultery considering how much sours cost. Anyway, now that the elephant has been acknowledged (and my BA guilt expressed), on to the review. Trying my best to be objective from here on out.

A- a nice ruby red appearance after the pouring was complete. Almost looked golden as it was coming out causing brief confusion, but it settled in nicely

S- wow, what a great nose. Really puts everything in place; the wine is evident and the cherries are in full force

T- just what you hope for when purchasing this style. The moment it hits your tongue there is a burst of cherry goodness. The residual flavors resonate for a good 15 seconds leaving you with a satisfying draught every time.

M- from the moment it hits your lips, the tingling begins. Just what you want from a beer as sour as this. A vigorous mouth swirl elicits an intense puckering that lasts for a while

D- I could easily have 2 or 3 of these. The abv is there, but superbly balanced. This ought to be on your sour radar.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL (12.68 fl. oz) bottle purchased online from CraftCity.com, 2014 vintage (Batch #2, bottled in 3/14), poured into my The Lost Abbey Teku glass, drank over an hour

A: 3/3 - rudy brownish coloration; low clarity (cannot see through); initial tannish head gives way to subtle glass lacing that reagitates on swirling; tight white bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass; moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - major vinous notes - tart cherries oak, slight funk/cheese - admixed with moderate sourness; some alcohol notes; no hop aroma

T: 15/20 - again, vinous flavors predominate and puckering tartness right up front that continues to evolve as the flavors dominate; a moderate cherry sweetness develops over time; some residual lingering qualities but finishes generally dry and inviting; moderate alcohol heat on the back-end; no hop bitterness/qualities

M: 4/5 - moderate carbonation for style; slight chewiness; alcohol coating provides the fullness

O: 8/10 - above average American wild ale that really hits with the vinous and sourness; don't think that it reaches a 94 on BA (would probably place in the mid-80s/low-90s for what it's worth); like Boulevard's Love Child #4, it reminds me of a lesser version of Russian River's Supplication or Weyerbacher's Riserva but preferred this one to Love Child #4 due to the cherry component

TOTAL - 39/50

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Dogpatch Sour from Almanac Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.