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Sour Golden Ale - Backacre Beermakers

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Sour Golden AleSour Golden Ale

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 267
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 27.42%
Wants: 140
Gots: 47 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Backacre Beermakers visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: corby112 on 02-25-2013

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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Photo of cavedave
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a just-a-bit cloudy white gold color, with a huge topper that relaxes to a scant ring in the course of ten minutes given it to "open up".

Luscious aroma, tart and rounded yeast notes, earthy and citrus from hops?, bugs? Don't know. but smells great. Just a hint of floral and a bit of vinegar too.

Taste outshines aroma in the best way, just a bright blast of goodness. Rounded tart and a hint of vinegar pick up touches of herbal, citrus, wine, and sour that never burns. It pushes the limit of how much lemon, how much vinegar, how full the yeast component gets, how dry the sip becomes, how much of a hint of sweet can remain to balance it. This one is in my sweet spot for wild ales, YMMV.

Very full bodied and dry on palate, a bit of lemon drop as it warms and I continue sipping, very fine finish.

Marvelous beer, slightest dings for the bit of lemon drop I got, super delicious and intense. Highly recommended.

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Photo of clay23
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had been searching for the beer for a while and finally got a bottle at Three Penny Taproom. The look was a bright golden hue and a nice funk smell. The beer is carbonated perfectly and tastes of hay and gives you that nice pucker at the end. Others have reviewed that its not complex- it doesn't pretend to be- it is exactly as it says- a golden sour and for that it hits all the points. I would search this out again

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Photo of kevanb
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a hazy and cloudy golden apricot color, copper hues, a fizzy white head appears, loose bubbles that have moderate retention and leave no lace. The aroma is nice, gueuze-y funk, a bit cheesy, light citrus, mushroom earthiness, straw and oak, mild and delicate, very inviting. The flavors are pleasant, funky hay, barnyard, straw, mild citrus, aged hop, certainly has some gueuze like aspects, less cheesy than the nose, moderate mushroom earthiness, light and sweet oakiness. It's more complex and refined than the nose, which is a somewhat heavy on the cheesiness and swiftly turns earthy, which is welcomed as the intricacies are more pronounced and the beer has a real opportunity to express itself. The mouthfeel is nice, lively, zippy, high carbonation that is never abrasive and finishes easily with a slight pucker.

Verdict: A nice American Wild Ale from Backacre, when given the time to warm up and aerate, it definitely has the hallmarks of the gueuze that inspired it's creation. Funky, lively, zesty, bright and delicate, good harmony as you drink it, perhaps a bit overly funky and mushroomy up front on the nose, but all in all, a nice beer from a small brewery.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lateralundertow
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of olradetbalder
2.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Blend 2, shared with Jimski.

Pours Yellow.
Smell is tart, some off notes
Taste: Not at all what I waa expecting, some butter (diacetyl) in the taste that really makes is of. Part from that, there is not many notes of apricots. Sour and butter does not match at all.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of doremite
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split

A very intriguing beer - a blender using wort from "local" breweries - not sure who these breweries are but Hill Farmstead seems like a decent guess? Nice golden body - pretty tame aroma and not particularly indicative of whats to come. The flavor profile is pretty crazy - not extremely sour but layers of fruit that imparts many different distinct flavor - apricot, peach, sugar, sweetness. Bright and complex - this was great.

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Photo of blabaer
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale yellow body. Clear. Brief white head. Then nothing.

Smell - Funky. Woody and lemony. Some estery notes. Slight vinegar aroma.

Taste - Sharp sourness. Lemony. Very oaky. Again a slight vinegar flavor. Grainy. Crisp.

Mouthfeel - Light and pleasantly sour. High carbonation.

Overall - Clean and really enjoyable sour.

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Photo of MPPHISH
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed gold body. Extra fizzy white head with decent retention, but once gone it's completely gone, leaving it looking like a cider.

Really nice aroma. Funky, cider, green apples, vinous.

Great flavor. It's sour but not to the point of puckering. Fresh green apples own the flavor. Cider vinegar. Some bready and funky accents.

Mouthfeel is light, prickly carbonation, and crisp.

This one wowed me. It's the perfect level of acidity and packed with flavor.

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Photo of Tbub18
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blindpiggie
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JSBILK
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Sour Golden Ale from Backacre Beermakers
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