Fuzzy - Side Project Brewing

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 915
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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Side Project Brewing visit their website
Missouri, United States

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 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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

Photo of Jared14
4.96/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bought a pour at the release day. Poured from a 375ml bottle.

A- poured a golden yellow with little head, settles beautifully.
S- reminds me of a warhead from when I was little. Sour but with hints of peaches.
T- Very sour at first comparable to Sang Noir in tartness but lightens up and the peach notes come through wonderfully with dry wine and a hint of oak notes at the finish.
M- very light, goes down smooth and with no objections.

Overall this is one of the best sours, and more complex beers, I have had and easily ranks near the top of my list, which includes several Cascade beers, Almanac, and the sisters from GI. Try it if you can get your hands on it. Glad to have traded my bottles to friends for them to enjoy and experience.

Photo of standardcherry
3.62/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Smelled odd and was way too acidic.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.98/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours bright golden yellow. bottle started to gush however never did, head quickly dissipated once poured however still lively.

nose is peach. imagine sticking your nose into a peach cobbler. yeah, it's like that.

taste was quite sour, far more sour up from than i was expecting. once you get past the deep tart sour, the peaches emerge to provide a sweet peachy candy.

mild to moderate carbonation and seriously lip and mouth puckering.

yeah, this is pretty insane. i love peaches. the song sucked but fuzzy does not, fuzzy rules.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of jegross2
4.84/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing Fuzzy from Side Project Brewing out of St. Louis, Missouri.

Score: 98

2014 vintage bottle served in a wine chalice and enjoyed on 04/19/14 at the Fuzzy release. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden color with a half finger of white head that settles to a nice almost full coating layer. Excellent lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Peach, peach, peach, peach and more peach. A little must and vinegar too. Smells like the lastest batch of Duck Duck Gooze with a truckload of peaches added. 4.75/5

Taste: Tart peaches, vinegar and a light mustiness. Long lasting sour peach flavor. Lively on the gums from the tartness. A kiss of spritzy, tannic oak. Really simple, but really delicious. A bit of mineral water-like robustness to the taste, a la Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen. This beer tastes an awful lot like Duck Duck Gooze heavily spiked with peaches. Having drank a few pours that day, we found that the dregs of this beer was the key to its greatness. Make sure that you either aggravate the sediment in the bottle before pouring or grab one of the last pours from the bottle (if sharing). 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, spot on carbonation for the flavor profile. Juicy mouthfeel, dry finish. Quite tart. Acidic, but not stomach ache inducingly so. 4.75/5

Overall: One thing I absolutely love about this beer is how sour and peach-forward on the flavor it is. Many peach-forward sours are lightly tart and delicate/soft on the palate, where as this one is bold, tart and long lasting flavor-wise. While not as good as Very Sour Blackberry or Blueberry Flanders in my opinion, this is one of the better American-made sours out there, on par with the likes of West Ashley. Seek this one out with confidence, and make sure to savor the dregs.

Cost: $15 for a 375 ml bottle.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.84/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of KevSal
5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Photo of IrishColonial
4.23/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.77/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Photo of snansel
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Funk levels that I have never experienced in another American sour combined with the taste of fresh peaches make this quite possibly my favorite beer.

Photo of NHbeerguy
4.99/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -28.6%

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Photo of bahnfire
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into HF stem.

A: Bright opaque orange/yellow/gold. I suppose you could say peach colored. Bright white 1 finger head on pour that recedes to a ring of white bubbles around the edges of the surface.

S: Peaches and funk.

T: Pretty darn sour, but not overly so. Funky peaches and I get apricots too. Reminds me of Almanac Valley of the Hearts Delight but not quite as sour, which is a good thing IMO.

M: Great carbonation, light and lively. Slick on the tongue.

O: I had hoped I would enjoy this given the cost to acquire, and I'm pleasantly surprised it lives up to the hype. (taste wise) I still think some of the trade offers are out of control, but if you can get a reasonable trade for it (like I did), I would recommend seeking it out.

Photo of drmcleod10
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Photo of willis870ace
4.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of jaken0ss
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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!

Photo of Stevedore
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks a ton to Mike for giving me such a generous sized pour out of the bottle. Poured into a Cigar City snifter on 4/26/2014.

A- Hazy straw-yellow body, one finger white head, good retention, some lacing. Looks quite well carbonated.

S- Vinegar, tart stone fruits, oak, even a bit of barnyard at the end. It's wave after wave of sour, peaches and funk. Wonderful.

F- It starts out with a nice non-descript vinegar sourness, 6/10 as it is not explosively so, but nice enough to make my parotids shiver. The peach flavours come next; a nice and tart peach juice that starts contributing a sweetness that helps balance out the vinegar. There is tons more peach character in this than Peche 'n Brett. And then the finish is a dry oak and Brettanomyces. Musty and oaky dry finish. Wonderful flavour profile that makes me wish all peach sours could be like this.

M- Medium bodied, but light on the tongue and effervescent. Very refreshing tartness results from the vinegar and peaches, leaving a dry oaky finish. So drinkable, if I had a 375ml of my own, I'd easily drink this by myself without getting any heartburn.

O- Excellent peach sour. No beer is worth what people are having to offer up to get this one, but it does speak to Cory King's expertise in brewing and blending wild ales and saisons together. This is one of the best examples of the American Wild Ale genre I've come across, and certainly the best fruited one. Yes, I think this is just as good, if not better than Very Sour Blackberry.

Photo of WTKeene
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Sean9689
4.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle shared by Cory last week, what a sweetheart!

Pours a golden yellow color, light eggshell head, thin ring around the glass and some wisps on top. Nose is peaches...not just peaches, but the most amazing peach note I've ever smelled in a beer, no doubt. Along with the fresh peaches, there's a nice tart citrus acidity, oak, nice funkiness. Flavor is the perfect mix of tartness from the sour base with the most insane natural peach note I've ever tasted. The barrel charter is light, good acidity without being over-the-top. Light body, soft carbonation that's just right, dry finish.

Probably the best American Wild I've had in a couple of years and better than Yellow Bus (when it was fresh). Basically, the best peach-based sour I've ever had and definitely the most memorable beer I've had so far in 2014. Great work, Cory...believe the hype.

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Fuzzy from Side Project Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.