Sound Into Color
Surly Brewing Company

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American Wild Ale
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3.97 | pDev: 5.54%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Sound Into ColorSound Into Color
Notes: This imperial kettle sour was brewed with tart cherry and raspberry for a complex, sweet-tart, and intensely fruit-forward beer. Take a sip, close your eyes, and listen for the colors to appear.
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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 7
Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint can into a tulip.

Pours a deep and lightly hazed ruby red. The head is a single foamy finger, white with a touch of color. The head settles quickly.

The aroma is not terribly strong but it is unmistakable on the cherry and raspberry notes. The acidity is noticeable on the nose, which is pretty remarkable.

The flavor is every bit as puckery as the nose promised. Very high acidity--almost malic-acid level sourness. Fairly well-balanced between the cherry and raspberry flavors, which are excellent. Hints of lemon and lime in the background. No booze detected. Very flavorful, but almost cartoonish in its sourness.

The mouthfeel 50-50 medium, very dry and well carbonated.

The flavor delivers the message on the label. The berry and cherry flavors say "red" to my brain, even without seeing the brew itself. I understand this is a wild ale/sour, but damn. This is almost Sour-Patch-Kids territory. Rather out of balance.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, from the Small Batch series. Stamped canning date is '02/20/19'.
The brewer calls the body color to be Magenta, which is mildly cloudy. White with a pinkish tint head of about half a finger on the initial pour, and stays around as a partial cap and high ring. Leaves behind some rings, spots, and patterns of lacing.
Smell is tart cherry and raspberry. Way in the background is some faint citrus, maybe lemon and passion fruit.
Taste is tart and dry. Flavors include cherry and raspberry, and there is an early balance with some sweetness, but the end turns tart again. The entire flavor profile is dominated by the lactic acid produced during the souring process. Overall this is a twangy expression (similar to what you taste in yogurt), and then the cherry and raspberry are added to provide the fruity aspects.
Medium mouth feel, with a dry pucker. Okay carbonation.
A tasty kettle sour but rather one note with the fruity sourness.

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Photo of omahawk
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased in can and poured into tulip glass. Pours a clear, ruby red, pinkish-hued deep copper color combination. My pour had a small amount of surface lacing that lingered for the entire 30 minutes that I drank it. Aroma is an aggressive sourness, with sweet cherries, and the distant hint of citrus fruit. Taste is instant light, acidic, and effervescent tart cherries. The back end of the flavor palette is a slightly dank shot of hops with some malt depth that catches the very tail end. Body is typical for a sour: light, dry and some carbonation that clings to the top of the pour. This is a nice beer that has grown on me as it warms. Overall an interesting and worthwhile fruit sour beer.

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Sound Into Color from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 7 ratings