Liquid Sunshine Reserva | Bullfrog Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of petermethot
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scottfrie
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this tick, Jeff! 750ml bottle into snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a short lived white head that faded into a lasting collar. Tart funky golden fruits on the nose mixed with mellow funky earth. Smells tired for its age. The mouth is muted with mellow notes of raspberries, citrus, mushroom funk and earth. More tart fruits come through as the beer warms, but lucky overall the beer isn’t very acidic. Mediumish body, drying yet greasy mouth. Overall past its prime and showing its age, but considering the beer it is still very drinkable.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of capra12
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of monsterzero
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from notes

golden amber with a light cloudiness to it that was very evident as soon as your poured it. Nice head of white reaches up to a height of around three inches before settling back down and leaving just a nice quarter inch layer across the top that stayed with it throughout the session, lots of carbonation streaming up as well throughout.

The aroma was to die for. Sour, tart fruit notes just ripping through the air. Not so heavy on the vinegar in the smell, more of a sour apple like nose with lots of funk. As it warmed like notes of oak coming through way in the back and a fresh grapefruit like hoppiness. The flavor was explosive. My tongue took a bath in rich sour notes here. Lotso f fruit all over the place, pears, apricot, lots of grapefruit, and then that funky brett just hits you and wipes it all away. Puckering, but yet subtle and sweet at the same time. Words escape me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy golden color with a good white head and a touch of lacing. Pretty good retention and a slight bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a bit of funky hay plus some lemony citrus. Somewhat acidic. The flavor doesn't quite hit these high notes, but offers a good amount of lemon, citrus, tart fruits, and a bit of funk. Feel is light with some prickly carbonation and a mildly-acidic finish. Drinkability is pretty damn good. I liked it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Douglas88 is a badass. Doug pulled this one out at a recent tasting... Awesome!! Pours hazy golden with almost no retention... but I'm not really complaining.

Nose is heavy on the oak/chardonnay ... great vinous and lactic sour notes... green apple and underripe pear.... green plum.

Flavor is not nearly as sour as the palate lends itself... odd phenolic bandaid flavors.... oak is tannic and too much up front.. some white peach essence makes the way to the front on later pours.

Okay... nothing is gonna shatter the spectrum .. More deep fruity sour components would ring my bell... but... not this time around.


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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a hazed straw golden yellow. Has a white head.

Aroma: Lemon zest with a lot of oak and brett. A little bit of spice. Kind of funky. It is really sharp. A little be light of a nose.

Taste: Lemon zest and a lot of funky brett. Grassy hops. It is acidic. It is not medicinal at all for how funky it is and I really like that aspect about the beer.

Mouthfeel: Tart with a lower amount of carbonation and a light to medium body. Ends a little dry and tart.

Overall, not what I was expecting this to be. It is good, but nothing I was going crazy for. I was glad to get to try this one.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color with a nice white head that gives some good lace. Aroma is very nice with accents of sweet fruit and sourness, like sour apples. Some grape and oak type notes as well. Light mouthfeel. The taste has some decent flavors as well with some mild acetone type notes but other than that some good fruit mixed with some oakiness. A pretty nice beer that surpisingly people at the tasting didn't kill right away. I was lucky enough to get several pours and enjoyed every one.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Treyrab for this one - decided to pop it open for review #500. Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Cloudy selective yellow/butterscotch body with a thin smattering of dense very delicate magnolia foam. Very active head with decent retention for the style. Jumpy sandy lacing.

Tart, sour, oaky aromatics somewhere between citrus and vinuous - with a pleasing funk complexity from the organisms in the wood.

Quinine, pomelo, ginger, kiwi, lemon zest, and a low herbaceous complexity on the palate. The flavors are pure but not assertive, so the tartness and funk are kept in check in deference to drinkability - still this has plenty of "wild" notes (horse sweat included, though you won't mistake this for a lambic) for lovers of the style. Dry oaky finish suggests mineral-heavy champagne.

Light bodied but fairly effervescent with a slightly creamy texture.

Another unique brew from Bullfrog - I'm lucky to have ready access to Russian River and Lost Abbey's sours, but Bullfrog is worth seeking out as well...

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Photo of BTPete
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really great surprise on tap the day of the Jaspers release.

A: hazy golden, no head

S: sour fruit, undertones of must. Lemony goodness and nice funk.

T: really nice fruit character, lemon peel, funk, and earthiness. I wasn't expecting this to be so good.
M: low carb but not an issue. Medium bodied.

D: awesome on tap and I'm glad to try. Like I said, wasn't expecting this to be on tap or that good and was possibly my favorite of my 2 days at Bullfrog.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at grey lodge for a pa brewery event with scoats and lew, thanks guys for doing the leg work. I love this city!

Liquid comes out a liquidly sunshine copper orange with slight haze. Off the pump there are just traces of foamy bubbles on top, dissipating into nothing. A very still beer here, lifeless. Smell is of apple skins and bretty funk. Some hay and the like earthy grassy aroma with no real citrus going on. Taste is of a temptation clone without the wine barrel addition. Brett and apple with hay and sour funky stuff, not overly funky or sour, just enough to know your going to have bubble guts in the morning, in fact I hear them rumbling down the corner as I type. Feel is pretty much bone dry with a light feel and pucker to it. Carb is out of the picture here off the pump but there is a sense of life from this. The drinkability the charts because this is a sour ale and I like the style a bunch and I just want more of it. I would of never thought I get the chance on this but here it is in front of me, off the handpump no less.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On cask at the grey lodge. With the real beer fly giving a run down of the beers. Good work scoats and lew.

A- slightly hazy golden yellow, like hay when the sun rises. No head to be seen just the faintest of rings around the glass.

S- sour apples and lemon juice. Wet hay and some barnyard funk. Almost tingles as you get deep into it.

T- tart and funky with juicy myer lemons and under ripe granny smith apples. All the horse blanket and barn yard with a underlieing and subdued sweetness. Hint of oak and tannins.

M- pucker and salivate. No carb just a hint of tingle but christ how old is this cask and shit its on hand pump. Medium body that coats a bit then is washed away by the saliva flood. Dry finish.

D- I'm going to go to the hospital on this one. Nuff said.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this 5/7/10 on-tap at Bullfrog (Jaspers release day).

A-Body is a uniformly translucent dark, slightly dingy golden yellow hue. Served with only a thin white fizzy collar-but good retention of the collar.

S-Nose offers lots of lemon and funkiness as well as hints of vinegar and acidic tartness. Nose is quite Gueze-like.

T- Moderate presence of vinegar upfront as well as tart lemon and a light tart acidic sourness. Finish is very good as it is a balance of vinegar, bready yeast, and acidic tartness. A slight sweet bready yeast lingers on.

M- Soft carbonation and a light to medium weight body.

D- This is a very good beer. Pretty much Gueze-like. Sour, but not incredibly sour, tasteful, and balanced. My favorite thing about this brew is the slight sweet breadiness that lingers beneath all the initial flavors. Wonderful opportunity to have this on-tap!

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joshua for another Bullfrog bottle, shared with the usual suspects.

Pours a bright, slightly hazy golden amber with a very short-lived bubbly white head that recedes quickly leaving very little behind.

The nose is very bright, sweet and tart. Lots of tart lemons with vinegar and faint lactic notes. But it's not all sour as there is some sweet fruits, apricots maybe, and then the oak presence. Nice, complex nose.

The taste is more of the same with tart green apples and some light lactic sourness in addition to the bright lemon zest tartness. The finish is very dry with the oak really showing out.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally refreshing - light-bodied and effervescent with lots of carbonation. So active on the palate.

This one really surprised me and is one of the better American wilds I've had recently. It's extremely drinkable with the wood bringing an extra complexity to things. Excellent.

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Photo of tpd975
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to Gillard.

A: Pours a cloudy golden hue with a small foamy white head. Very little retention and just a few spots of lace.

S: Lots of sour citrus, with light grape notes.

T: Lots of very tart grapefruit, under ripe oranges, and brett. Nice tartness without being overthetop. This beer is not over rated.

M: On the lighter side of medium, zippy carbonation, with a nice blast of acid.

D: Good, very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A foil-wrapped 750 mL corked and caged bottle, purchased at the brewpub a few months back (early July iirc).

A: The ale is a golden brown color, perhaps a little too dark to be sunshine. More like liquid autumn, but really, isn't it just splitting hairs? A solid haziness runs through the ale, leaving it opaque. A decent pop of the cork didn't give way to much head. In fact, each pour was limited to a thin white band in my glass.

S: The nose has just a hint tartness, a mild sharp bite that soon gives way to a steady stream of oak. A dark fruity flavor runs around behind the oak, a vinous grape and full cherry sweetness.

T: The body delivers much more tartness. Up front, the blonde ale impresses with its subtle, grainy restraint. Oaky vanilla follows the blonde aspect, adding a significant depth that is accentuated by the sour tartness. The wildness, combined with the oak, sets the table for a dry, sour fruit finish that features a strong dose of citrus, cherries and white grapes. A mild wine-like strength sends the beer away. A very good ale that isn't too tart.

M: The oak leaves a lasting finish that really hits the spot. Underneath the oak, the tartness and fruit flavors drive the ale's complexity. And complex it is. A nice ale is tip on for a few hours.

D: A great deal of flavor is packed into this 6% brew. Much like beekeeper or blue cheer, I wish I had another one lying around to sit on for a while.

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Photo of Tiklmelmo
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this mid-summer 2k9 out of a tulip from a bomber from the brewery. Just found my tasting notes and transcribed them.

A - Hazy copper with thin white head that dissipates quickly

S - Weakest part for me here is the smell...not a lot going on, but some hints of cherries and woody notes, with a barnyard / horse blanket backdrop.

T - Vinous and oaky with cherries and citrus notes. Bit of a buttery/diacetyl aftertaste.

M - Nice balance of effervescence and acidity. Solid mouthfeel for the style.

D - The diacetyl aftertaste occasionally stands out, and I'd think with a couple months this would fade, but other than that this was a nicely drinkable wild ale.

Overall - A solid effort. I'd especially be interested in drinking this again after 6 months or more, as the slight buttery aftertaste was the only real downside on this for me. Still above average for the style.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid beer if ever there was one. Thanks, Devin!

The pour is a hazy golden orange with a dense white head that recedes rather quick. The nose is quite excellent, with a solid sourness that's rather lactic with a lemony character. There's some acetic character as well, along with a mildly fruity character. The flavors are just as solid, opening with a sharp sourness that kind of gets you in the back of the throat, with a sharp lactic sourness and some fruity character (green apple, pear, peaches). A mild sweetness is present, and the funk is a little bit on the lower side. Medium light in body, the carbonation is quite high, enhancing the acid burn on the palate and definitely giving the beer more of a zing that it needs. The finish is a little short and lacking in flavor, but all told, this is one solid beer

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Liquid Sunshine Reserva from Bullfrog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 35 ratings