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Fuzzy - Side Project Brewing

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 418
Avg: 4.6
pDev: 10%
Wants: 1,042
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: coryking on 11-07-2013

Blonde American Wild Ale that was fermented and aged in Chardonnay barrels with Missouri grown White Peaches. The Batch 1 cocktail for fermentation includes both spontaneously captured yeast and bacteria from our family's farm and our house wild blend.
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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow color. The nose is an eye watering sour fragrance with a lot of peach behind it. The taste is a "creamy" sour with an interesting finish. An overall very good beer, but probably not as good fresh.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Currently drinking on tap at the sp cellar. Hooray for this place!

I can't believe how well the peach is holding up on this.
Look is slightly cloudy. It's dark in here.
The smell is what you'd get opening a paper bag of peaches and realizing you left them to ripen a couple days too long.
Peach carries through on the taste. Tartness emphasizes it or masks it depending of your method of sipping (when I exhale, I really get it)
Mouthfeel fine. Not thin.
Overall the best peach beer I've had (better than fou for sure). And since my buddy just bailed on me, I have another glass to look forward to!

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Photo of billab914
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice sour peach aroma, a little more acidic than funky. The taste has a lot more of the funkiness coming through mixing with the sweet peach and acidic sourness. Nice balance to it for the style. One of the best peach sours I've had.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a light straw color with a small white head. weak retention but leaves behind a small lacing. hazy and pretty opaque.

Smell: strong peach, huge tartness and some vinegar. vinous and white grape character.

Taste: strong and very juicy peach. quickly the funky and vinegar qualities take over. the back end has quite a bit of white wine/grape character. oak is throughout and lies nicely under the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: oaky and funky, vinegar and tartness.

Overall: a very nice fruited sour. the fruit character is spot on with great funkiness and complimentary wine notes. definitely a stand out in the style

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Photo of dar482
4.77/5  rDev +3.7%

The aroma has lots of unripen white peach, with lots of tart lemon quality.

The flavor follows and is quite tart. There's peach flavor up front, with some Warhead type tart quality. A touch of funk with a smooth medium plus mouthfeel for the style. A nice dry back end.

Slightly disappointing for the huge hype behind this because of the slightly aggressive tart quality.

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Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a hazy peach-influenced honey color; the head is modest but leaves a few streaks behind

Smell: Peach and funk, with lemon and vinegar tones

Taste: Lactic lemon and peach flavors, with a growing vinegary funk; earthy, after the swallow, with a decent pucker factor in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; puckering

Overall: Excellent flavor and a well-balanced sour; not as peachy as I was expecting but it made up for that with the other attributes

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -28.3%

Pour is a pale yellow, very hazy, with a tight white head. Nose has a bit of cheese and rubber up front with a light touch of fairly ripe peach. Taste has a fair bit of fuzzy peach, a faint touch of rubber mid palate, moderate to strong acidity in the back, slightly bitter finish. Body is a bit fuller and heavy, well carbonated, semi dry in the finish. Gets a little sweet in back.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Dave tonight.

Pours a hazy bright golden yellow, with a quarter inch head, and a solid amount of lacing.

Smells absolutely incredible- bracing tartness, lactic acid, strong sour peaches, vinegar. Smells incredibly sour.

The taste is really incredible. The peaches start to come through after a few sips, they are quite sour, not really sweet at all, subtle and delicious. The barrel comes through strongly, huge taste of tart white wine, with blinding acidity- huge lactic character here. One of the best sours I've ever tasted.

The body is fairly light, but not thin, with a tart and crisp mouthfeel. The sour lingers for a very long time.

Next level sour here, absolutely incredible.

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Photo of jaken0ss
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Bottle shared on 8/26/14

IMO, whatever mistakes Cory made in the first few beers he brewed at side project he quickly figured out how to correct them. This is yet another world class beer from Cory. The white wine definitely shines in this one, the acidity and funkiness are phenomenal as always from an SP beer and the subtle peach finish leaves you wanting more and more. Don't see any reason to sit on this beer as the peach is already somewhat absent and the sourness is there already...drink up!

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Photo of KevSal
5/5  rDev +8.7%

This should come in a 750, unlike any other peach beer ive ever had and I had this with a dozen or so peacb beers. Had a peculiar quality and taste that fasinated me. Lots of people at a peach tasting would expecting more, I guess I was suspecting far less. If it was readily available I would stock up

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Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev -3.7%

From 08/19/14 notes. 375 ml bottle poured into my Lost Abby stemware. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one; thanks Ross!

Pours a murky bright yellow color with one inch of bright white head. Super sour nose and taste, peaches, sour white wine, oak, floral notes. Taste is very vinegary and has more sour fruits and oak. Acedic , light to medium body.

Overall a really good sour. Way more sour and vinegary than fruity, but really great. Worth seeking out for sure.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

The beer is hazy and a radiant yellow with a white head. Aromas of peach and misc. stone fruit, wild yeast. Acetic and medium bodied with a sour, puckering finish. A tasty beer and well done.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: aggressive pour yields two finger white head that dissipates quickly. Rich golden-peach color, yeast accumulation in the bottom of the bottle but doesn't follow to the glass. Leaves legs on glass that dissipate slowly. Looks nice.

S: prominent sweet peach aroma with a definite vinegary complement. Some distinctive funk, a bit musty, lemony, cheesy, almost gueuze-like. A slight bready aroma underlies, almost like a peach danish.

T: lemon, vinegar, lots of funk, cheese, yogurt tartness. Peach flavor is definitely there but a bit overwhelmed by the significant tartness and acidity. tastes like an earthy gueuze with peach added.

M: thick, rich, coats the tongue with almost a yogurty smoothness. Pretty dry despite the adequate carbonation. Pretty unique.

O: much different than I expected. On one hand, I don't get as much peach flavor as I expected or as much as other American peach sours I have had. On the other hand, its gueuze-like character is good in its own way and the peach complements it well and in a unique way I have not ever encountered. I just think the vinegar and funk overwhelms a bit. While not necessarily my favorite peach sour, it is well-done, complex, and unique. Dunno if it is worth the price of admission but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of willis870ace
4.86/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a snifter.

A truly amazing sour. Very powerful lemon taste, not much peach for the taste, but a very powerful peach smell.

This was the first sour I had from Cory, and it has changed my perspective of what a sour can be. Looking forward to what else he is is making.

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Photo of Dawgboned37
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a sampling tulip glass at a beer festival. So happy that I got to try this beer! Cory from Side Project is an absolute beer artist and a really good dude. It pours a peach color with a slight haze and a bit of white head bubbles. Aroma is awesome, sour scent with hints of peach. The taste is perfectly balanced with quite a bit of puckering sour that finishes with a very refreshing flavor of fresh peaches. Hard to believe this beer isn't higher on the ratings. Definitely one of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of kevanb
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Side Project Wine Glass, enjoyed on 6.7.14, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a soft pineapple, champagne-like color, hazy and cloudy with a fizzy, white head that has low retention and yields a few spots of lace. The aroma is a masterclass, soft peach at first, definitely get the acetic sour qualities but as the beer warms and opens up, the peach because spectacular, the "fuzzy" peach skin becomes so pronounced and prominent along with the juiciness of the fruit, it really is something special and truly incredible, perhaps the truest expression of peach, or any fruit for that matter, I've ever encountered in a wild ale or lambic. The flavors however, fail to live up the aroma, juicy peach, that quickly turns sour, very acetic, light tartness with some nice funkiness, pale grain is more detectable along with some oak and white grape. The balance is less nuanced, much of the focus is on the sourness and acetic qualities rather than the fruity peach flavors, and while I definitely enjoyed sipping on this, it never really opened up. The mouthfeel is nice, fizzy, lively, coats the mouth well and finishes somewhat easily with a bit of a crisp bite.

Verdict: A very nice American Wild from Side Project and the peach character in the aroma is world class. However, the overly sour flavors and lack of established balance really brought this one back down to earth. Not sure that time will help this cause, but hopefully it's all part of the learning curve for Side Project and that their future wilds will find some more balance amongst the base beer, the adjuncts and the cultures.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was a bit of a gusher. Light yellow pour, not much head. Definitely fizzy, though. Smell is absolutely unreal. So much peach, white peaches specifically. Words can't describe, so I won't try. Thy taste is sour peaches. Also, pretty unreal. Great combo of peach and sour. The peach is right up front, after a nice burst of carbonation. Sour aftertaste, for sure. Really enjoying this. Straight up tart peach juice with some funk and wine added. I love it.

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Photo of NHbeerguy
4.99/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 Bottle

Little bit of a gusher. Pours a light yellow color with a small head. Just a real small rim of head left. Smell is amazing. Almost like a peach was cut in half and had a tiny bit of funk added to it. Taste is even more over the top with peaches. Like sour peach juice. Mouthfeel is light and airy. Refreshing!! Overall this is an amazing beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow body. Small chunky white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Lots of peach. White wine. Light acidity. Yeasty. Oak. Dynamic!

Taste - Really sour. Intense peach, but it's more sour than anything. White wine. Oak. Yeasty.

Mouthfeel - Overly sour. Well carbonated.

Overall - This has a really fantastic aroma, but it's so sour. Just overwhelms all other flavors.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.61/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


Big thanks to dujayhawk for sending this one down! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 375 mL bottle into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter.

A: Pours a hazy light gold, with a thin white head and medium visible carbonation.

S: Big funk, barnyard and horseblanket, less stone fruit, and some lactic tartness. Mild vinous character as it opens up during the drink.

T: Funky tartness, lactic acid, an incredibly natural peach flavor. Some barnyard, milder barrel tannins, hints of the white wine. Nicely attenuated light malts, and puckeringly dry funky tartness. Finishes with some lingering stone fruit and bone dryness.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, and an alcohol content that is VERY well-hidden for the listed ABV.

O: This was really, truly, very good. Drinkable, but maintains the tart, funk and fruit that you're looking for. I truly don't know if it would be worth what it seems to be trading for, especially since it disappears from your glass before you realize it's gone. But it's really yummy.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am somewhat inexperienced with sours but I've had Atrial batches 1-3 as well as MvB lately thanks to Mike! This was drank after BA Abraxas VB Assassin and KBBS, so it was refreshing to cleanse the palate with something sour!

A - Appearance makes this beer look so appetizing, especially with this 85 degree weather. Lots of carb on this beer and pours a golden pale color with a 3 finger white foam head.

S - Smell is lots of peach with the smell of tartness behind it. I am somewhat inexperienced but this sour smells fantastic. White peach sour funky smell going on here but not much funk.

T - Taste follows the nose with the huge tart upfront that doesn't last too long. The finish is all peaches and goodness. If you like peaches you will in turn love this sour. Definitely acidic tart up front but a nice finish.

M - Lots of carbonation here that works well for this beer. Again don't have too much to compare too but this is light and easy drinking.

O - An awesome sour poured directly from Cory himself into a glass. This is a fantastic sour and is right up there with MvB and Atrial Batch 1(my favorite of the 3)

Thanks again Cory

Re-review, after having a recent bottle, the flavors have balanced incredible well and would give this closer to a 4.85

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Photo of jbwimer
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle in a trade from a fantastic beer advocate. Landed this and a couple other bottles with the help of my buddy, Joe. Opened our small share with this gem, hoping to get every flavor possible before fatiguing our palates with other beers. Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a Voodoo Barrel Room tasting snifter.

A- Carbonation on this beer is evident from the get-go. Foam started pushing towards the top of the bottle once it was opened. Not a gusher, but it is well carbonated. Poured a few ounces with a thin, white head. Cloudy, pale, straw color. This beers leaves some traces on the glass. Looks like I what I imagined a peachy wild ale would.

S- Peachy-freaking-funk. You can tell from the aroma that this will be sour. Not overly funky like a Cantillon, but this certainly has some funk character to it. Throw ripe peaches into the mix, and you have a lovely bouquet.

T- Punches you in the mouth with a boldy, yet lovely, lemony, acidic, sour right hook. Then, it caresses your mouth with sweet and slightly tart peaches. Authentic peaches, at that. This isn't peach flavoring, but firm, juicy, peachy delight. The flavors come in waves, and boy, is it a rush. Fantastic.

M- As mentioned above, there is a good amount of carbonation on this beer, but it doesn't detract from it. It actually compliments the sourness quite well. No trace of the 8% ABV. Lingering sourness on the lips and tongue.

O- This beer lived up to the hype, and I'm so glad to have been able to try it. It delivers on the peach and sour flavors, without question, even adding an element of funkiness that makes it just a little more diverse. Great beer, and I have to give a HUGE thanks to Dan for hooking me up. He knows what beer advocacy is all about. Cheers!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into 3F stemware. Reviewed at a tasting 5/3/14

Pours very little head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lace with little cling. Beer is a slightly cloudy lemon. Average.

Nose is tart peach, light funk, cobwebs and a touch of wood. Crisp and accented.

Opens super tart peach. Very fruit forward. Sweet and tart in the middle with notes of peach flesh and skin. Funky towards the end but the sour never subsides. Peach skin aftertaste. Solid but pretty one dimensional. Very in your face.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Filmy and puckering in the mouth and dry going down. Dry finish with a lingering aftertaste that really coats the palate. Really drinkable.

A very solid beer overall but not close to deserving of the perfect score it gets. Look and nose are pretty average although this is quite tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip glass Pours a hazy yellowish orange with almost no head. The nose is oozing with peach flesh paired with notes of chardonnay, white oak, lemon zest, light funk and orange. The peach is front and center and steals the show The taste is nice and tart up front with a quick segue to juicy peach notes. Lots of interplay between acidic tartness and juicy sweetness. The finish and after taste are where this beer shines. The perfect balance of sweetness and tartness with a little bit lingering from the wine notes. The taste outdoes the nose by a bit. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and with light body. The 8% is completely hidden in this gem of a beer. Overall, this is a fantastic beer with damn near perfect balance and a great showcase of the peach.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle shared with the ever glorious Abbbp into a snifter.

Appearance: Pale hazy light yellow, with a white fluffy head that disappears relatively quickly but leaves behind some lacing and a thin creamy crown.

Smell: Holy shit. Dried peaches and creamy coconut. Peaches on peaches on peaches on peaches. Peach pit, peach flesh, peach skin. Peach in every way you could imagine. The coconut flavor is sweet and creamy and accents nicely with the gorgeous peach. Did I mention peach?

Taste: Lots of lactic sour (mouthpuckeringly sour really, it really hits you square in the jaw), with peach playing a little bit second fiddle to the just overall sour of the beer. Perhaps a bit of funk. Not particularly complex, but that’s fine because I love everything that is happening in my mouth right now.

Mouthfeel: Friggin amazing. High carb but far from too much. Absolutely perfect. Very crisp. Lingers a while on the lactic sour flavor.

Overall: I can taste that this is made with white peaches instead of yellow peaches. They’re sweeter, have a slightly different flavor profile, and make this a really unique and delicious beer. Side Project can do no wrong.

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Fuzzy from Side Project Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.