Liquid Sunshine Reserva
Bullfrog Brewery

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Wild Ale
4.01 | pDev: 9.98%
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Nov 18, 2011
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A steady pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head that is medium to large bubbled. The beer is a murky amber color that shows an amber tinged, full gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lactic acid and oak notes predominantly. There is a backdrop of mustiness here as well that smells lightly of musky Brettanomyces funk. The lactic notes are actual quite mellow in the aroma and it really is the oak that is the dominant character in the nose; fairly spicy (peppery, a touch phenolic in the oak character with a nice sharpness), with a toasted woodiness as well as a touch of buttery oak character. There is a faint fruitiness here that always plays a supporting role, but can contribute notes of lime, green apple, tart pear and a not quite ripe melon. The aroma is nice, but somehow seem to be lacking a depth and complexity to make it really interesting.

The flavor has a nice tartness to it up front that isn't really bracing, but definitely noticeable. The oak character is apparent from the get go, but gets a bit more noticeable towards the finish where it supplies a bit of astringency and tannic palate presence. A prickly carbonation couples with the medium-light body, both work pretty well together actually. While the acidity is mostly lactic there does seem to be a touch of acetic acidity here that provides a touch of artificial fruitiness (white wine vinegar sort of flavors, perhaps even a bit of oaky Chardonnay), an artificial sweetness, some textural slickness along with a bite towards the finish. The oak provides quite a bit of spiciness and even a sort of boozy warmth that isn't actually alcohol.

In some ways this beer is quite bland for a "Wild" ale; if it didn't have a touch of acetic acid character it would be downright boring. This is certainly not bad, and is in fact quite serviceable, but it really seems to be lacking in the complexity department; the oak and acidity seem to dominate and much of the base beer is lost and there isn't enough other funky notes to make up for the loss. If sour beers really explode I could see this beer being just as a bland example of the style (sort of the everyman's Temptation), as it is these are still rare enough that I think a lot of people will really enjoy this as it is perfectly quaffable and nice.

Sep 06, 2009
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

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.

Nov 21, 2009
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orbitalr0x from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks out to Dave for sharing this bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head on top. Looks pretty nice in the glass with a bit of lacing. Aromas start off with a nice fruity sourness upfront. Crisp malts meld into some vinous notes. Smooth aromas.

First sip brings a mild sweetness upfront with crisp malts moving into fruity tartness. Lemon zest and apple meet up with vinous qualities and some oak tannins. Flows down remarkably dry with a lingering puckering.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side making it easy to drink and refreshing. Smooth carbonation. Overall, this was a tasty sour brew. It wasn't anything earth shattering and I wouldn't trade crazy to get it but I did enjoy it and hope to have a chance to sample some other Bullfrog beers sometime.

Sep 20, 2009
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emerge077 from Illinois

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

Thanks to both Dave and Scott for sharing this beer on different occasions.
Review from notes.

Pours a murky pastel orange with actively fizzy foam that rises and settles quickly. Clean and fruity sour aroma, crisp like apples and champagne. Spritzy and juicy feel, tart and fairly simple. Some tonic and minerally white wine notes, indistinct fruits underlying. Crisp and refreshing in feel, it was well made and very quenching. That said, it wasn't really unique enough to make me seek it out over local Midwest options like Jolly Pumpkin.

Sep 19, 2009
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

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.


Jan 10, 2011
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3/5  rDev -25.2%

Nov 15, 2011
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tpd975 from Florida

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.

Jan 28, 2010
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joe1510 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks go out to heliosphann for bringing this to share yesterday. Liquid Sunshine Reserva gleams with a bright golden yellow body along with some hazy orange highlights. The fizzy white head quickly crackles down to a skim coat and decent collar. There are a couple patchy spots of lacing here and there after each drink that slowly fall back into the body.

The nose starts off with a bright champagne quality before snapping into slightly tart lemon juice acidity. Slightly muddled orchard fruit come along rather quickly with some green apple skins being most noticeable. A nice wet rock minerally quality takes hold briefly but gives it up to soft honey sweetness on the backend. This beer smells appetizing but is fairly simple for what it should be.

The flavor profile manages to match the nose step for step. White grapes in the form of champagne lead things off while slightly tart lemon acidity quickly backs it up. The orchard fruits come along mid-palate with a nice little sweet/sour thing going on that reminds me slightly of Sweet Tarts. Minerals make an appearance and luckily fall just short of being metallic. Honey comes along on the backend with an added sweetness.

I have a hard time telling the weight of the body. It feels like there's a little heft but the airy carbonation makes it come across as a lighter bodied brew. There's zero noticeable heat and while the carbonation is lively it's also soft. A slight pucker and dryness hit on the swallow.

This, like most of the other Bullfrog brews sampled yesterday, is an easy beer to put away. The lemon juice acidity and airy carbonation make for a refreshing warm weather beer.

Liquid Sunshine is another solid sour from the guys at Bullfrog. They often fall short of great but they do produce good beer, this being one. Thanks for bringing this to the tasting, Scottie!

Aug 25, 2009
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largadeer from California

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

Shared by HopHead84. Thanks, Shane.

A: Clear for the first pour, golden in color, with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Lemony, lactic sourness with a backbone of semi-sweet grainy pale malts. Faintly herbal and fruity (green grapes, lemons). Pleasant, but more dryness and acidity would be to the beer's benefit.

T/M: Mild lactic sourness. Flavors of lemon, melon, green apple and white wine grapes. Grainy sweetness and a coating slickness are somewhat pervasive mid-palate, but the finish is semi-dry and lightly tannic. Light bodied and amply carbonated. A solid effort, but nothing amazing.

Aug 30, 2009
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

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

750ml bottle into snifter on 7/6/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a cloudy, earthy peach-colored body with one-finger off-white head that reduced to a patchy film and deposited moderate spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Sour, tart fruity notes akin to green apple and white grapes with plenty of oaky tannins, producing a band-aid character. Some citric notes also emerged as the liquid warmed up.

T - Initial flavor is quite sour and tart with wild yeasty notes suggesting green apple and cider. Oaky and woody notes trump the hop character, giving way to an astringent character and very little bitterness. Finishes with a grainy, caramely malt character with a good bit of barnyard funk suggesting fresh hay.

M - Light to medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and fairly soft carbonation for the style. Mouthfeel is a tad watery overall. Finish is dry, tart and astringent, but also somewhat sweet on the palate.

D - A very solid effort from Bullfrog overall. Liquid Sunshine Reserva is indeed quite gueuze-like, with plenty of astringency, sour notes and funk. FYI - I was lucky enough to try a strawberry version of this directly from the tanks, and let me tell you... it was amazing! Look for this version sometime next year.

Jul 07, 2009
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

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.

Sep 14, 2011
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HopHead84 from California

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

The beer pours orange golden and is crowned by an off white and creamy head. Scattered lacing is present with froth lingering near the edges.

The aroma is initially lemon (lots of lemon) and oak, with a slight mustiness. I also get white grapes, oranges, tangerines and some lactic character with light Brett notes. The nose isn't overly funky, but a nice balance is struck between the fruit and the funk.

The flavor opens up tart and sour with nice lemon and white grape notes. The fruit is soft and restrained. Some lactic notes are present, and Brett imparts mustiness and a light barnyard quality. The lemon isn't as strong in the flavor as it was in the aroma. The finish is grainy, but not sweet. There's a milky lactic character that Chris pointed out, as well as some tartness that drops off quickly. The beer finishes dry and very clean. Interesting.

The beer is light bodied and effervescent with a mouth crushingly dry feel. I literally felt the moisture being sucked out of my mouth.

Unlike a few of the last Bullfrog releases (Magic Beans and El Rojo Diablo), I enjoyed this. I wish I had another bottle to see how the funk develops over time.

Jul 30, 2009
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

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

Thanks to Scott for bringing this brew for our Bullfrog tasting. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pours with a finger of off-white foam that dissipates pretty quickly to a thick ring and leaves behind a few spots of lace. Hazed golden color with a few bubbles idly rising to the top of the glass.

S - Super acidic white wine vinegar smell, with a touch of wet funkiness, lemon, and a hint of wood. There's some green apple and grape flavors kicking around in there too.

T - Taste starts sweet, with some grape and a touch of doughy malt. The funkiness is present, but fairly restrained. It ends pretty sour with a touch of vinegar and lemon juice. Very clean finish.

M - Clean, super-dry finish, light-medium body, moderate carbonation. Pretty solid stuff.

D - Nice stuff. I asked for a refill of this one. Lower ABV, solid taste. This might age really well.

Aug 24, 2009
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t0rin0 from California

3.25/5  rDev -19%

Sep 09, 2012
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DefenCorps from Oregon

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

Oct 22, 2009
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PittBeerGirl from Ohio

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!

May 10, 2010
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oglmcdgl from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 07, 2010
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gford217 from Georgia

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.

May 08, 2010
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augustgarage from California

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...

Oct 01, 2010
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mothman from Minnesota

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.

Oct 21, 2010
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 07, 2010
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sideshowe from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +24.7%

Nov 16, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

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.

Feb 09, 2011
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kbutler1 from Minnesota

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.

Oct 20, 2010
Liquid Sunshine Reserva from Bullfrog Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 35 ratings