Liquid Sunshine Reserva | Bullfrog Brewery

Liquid Sunshine ReservaLiquid Sunshine Reserva
35 Ratings
Liquid Sunshine ReservaLiquid Sunshine Reserva

Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by illidurit on 07-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gracias to me hombre Treyrab por sharing this with me.

Poured from a 750mL corked and caged bottle into a belgian tapered pint shaped glass. The appearance is a little bit lackluster. The body is a deep orange with streaks of yellow. A thin white layer of head is produced from pour, and dissipates to a layer of nothingness.

The smell displays the standard Bullfrog yeast strain, giving off a sour lemon scent. There are also smells of dry white grape, astringent peach. The taste is very similar with a bit of grass. The yeast strain isn't as pleasing as in most Bullfrog's. I had slightly higher expectations for this beer, that's not to take away from it's high quality. This is a tasty beer but it lacks the complexity of some of the other Bullfrog special release beers. This should age well, with a more pronounced sour taste that will show with time.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey Rastal Teku.

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a fizzy white head. No retention besides a small ring around the edge of the glass and also no lacing evident.

S - A funky tart nose right off the bat. A mix of sweet and sour citrus such as mango, lemon, and orange mixed in with sour apples. Not the most sour wild I've had, but no slacker either.

T - Not as sour/tart as the nose suggests. A lot more sweet citrus when sour here. Lots more oranges, mango, tangerines, etc. A lower level of lip-puckering tart, but still has a nice sour punch to it. Nothing sticking out to me in the finish....maybe some slight tart bitterness.

M - Light, refreshing, fizzy carbonation. A nice dry finish that I've come to love from wild ales.

D - Very easy to drink but I think I want a little more lip-puckering goodness from this beer. A good wild ale, but not on par with most Russian River Lost Abbey offerings.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
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.

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Photo of emerge077
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 options like Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

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Photo of largadeer
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.

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Photo of joe1510
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!

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Photo of MasterSki
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
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.

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Photo of ffejherb
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.

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