Sour Golden Ale - Backacre Beermakers

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Sour Golden AleSour Golden Ale

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196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.78%
Wants: 109
Gots: 37 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: corby112 on 02-25-2013)
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Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: It is what it says it is!

S: Fresh, hard apple cider. Super sour and slightly funky and yeasty.

T: Yeasty, dry, grassy, barny, and overall delicious.

M: Massive carbonation but so effervescent and even refreshing.

O: Everything you expect it to be and more. Very unique. Very Vermont. This is exactly what it says it is. A sour, tart, but light, farmhouse style ale. Awesome!

More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
2.88/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of doremite
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Dawkins
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of dirtylou
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of blabaer
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of MPPHISH
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of robgage
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of blindpiggie
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of MichaelLamb
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sfr26
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of gillagorilla
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of tarheels4life23
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Ajlvt
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of raqnroll
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3, 7.1% abv.

Thanks to to Joe for sharing!

Hazy orange, minimal trace carbonation, some larger bubbles cluster loosely on the surface at first. Tiny bubbles visible rising from the meniscus of the glass.

Very nice aroma, musty wet oak, lemon, lychee, grapefruit, authentic lambic-esque funk.

Taste is very similar to an unblended lambic, though they respectfully don't call it as such. Tart puckering lemon and citrus, dry musty oak flavors linger in the aftertaste. Light wild yeast character adds an interesting layer of complexity. Light to medium bodied with low level carbonation. Very interesting beer and worth seeking out.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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Sour Golden Ale from Backacre Beermakers
96 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.