22nd Crooked Line Birthday Suit: Sour Plum Abbey Ale
Uinta Brewing Company

22nd Crooked Line Birthday Suit: Sour Plum Abbey Ale22nd Crooked Line Birthday Suit: Sour Plum Abbey Ale
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Style:
American Wild Ale
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 14.47%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
154
From:
Uinta Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  47
SCORE
86
Very Good
22nd Crooked Line Birthday Suit: Sour Plum Abbey Ale22nd Crooked Line Birthday Suit: Sour Plum Abbey Ale
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 154
Reviews by JuicesFlowing:
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Look: Opaque rusty amber colored body with a light cream colored head. After the head recedes, only a collar of foam remains with light spots of lacing.

Aroma: A sour vinegar note to start with earthy vines and plums. Sharp bourbon barrel notes in the finish.

Taste: Very tart and sour with ripe plum fruitiness coming through. Like the aroma, there's a very prominent aged wood note throughout. Tart, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Pretty straight-forward with minimal fruitiness, a lot of aged wood without being overbearing.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
2.22/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Ok, before I get attacked... this thing has something wrong with it, I don't know if it was just my bottle or what. It had a VERY strong scent of vomit and just couldn't get passed that. I closed my nose and took a sip and even then the vomit flavor came through. Not very pleasant at all.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Bottled on 5/12/15.

Pours a murky reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is horrible with vomit, dirty diaper, earth, and rotten fruit aromas. Taste is somewhat better with slightly sour grain, dark fruit, earth, and slight bile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer with horrid vomit and dirty diaper aromas and flavors that thankfully aren't as bad, but that isn't saying much.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look is reddish brown bordering with purple highlights.

Thin frothy head.

Aroma is Belgian yeast with rich dark fruit like rich with overripe sweet fruits.

very sour flavor with a thin body for over 8%. Balanced Abbey malt.

Not a great Abbey but a decent kinda sour?

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Photo of neurobot01
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Turns out, Belgian yeast plus plums creates a smell very much like vomit (as noted by other reviews). I seriously recommend *not* inhaling while you drink, in which case it isn't too bad, especially if you think of it as a Belgian pale with fruit added, rather than as a sour/wild ale.

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Photo of AndyEdgar
1.15/5  rDev -69.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

this is the second worst beer I have ever had. Infected blue cheese mess. absolutely aweful. Obviously not what they were looking to produce so buy carfully

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First, very nice sour plum beer. It's very tart and sour with ripe plum fruitiness coming through. Like the aroma, there's a very prominent aged wood note throughout. Tart, dry finish. Aroma is Belgian yeast with rich dark fruit like rich with overripe sweet fruits. Will buy again and recommend to friends.

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Photo of Sjsussman
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
2.11/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The aroma on this interesting but not in a good way. It has this overwhelming artifical sugar / fruit smell that is almost exactly like a Twizzler. There is some pale malt underneath but it has that dreaded sawdust smell, and the two aren't a good combo. The taste profile fairs a little better. As others have said it isn't super-sour, just more of a lactic / vinegar note on the end. Beyond that you just get a lot of the fruit notes like plum, fig, anc raisin, but it is very artificial tasting, like a fruit cake. Again the malt bill is off and has that vomit like tone. Overall, this one misses pretty wide of the mark.

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Photo of Wolfrd24
1.64/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of sahlc
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryanhooks81
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joshstl
4.91/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

AWesome taste and smell and !

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Photo of bmeehan
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is good—it looks nice, tastes nice, and feels nice, but it smells kind of...funky. It's got good sour notes but it's not so prominent that you really feel you're drinking a sour, or an Abbey Ale for that matter. It's good overall, and worth a second look, but it isn't a beer that immediately grabs you and tells you to get it again.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5/12/15

Look - Pours amber to light brown with fizzy head that dissipates quickly to almost nothing. Good distribution of small bubble while it is around. After a few minutes there are no bubbles at all.

Smell - Smells of plums, slightly funky, smells more like a berliner or gose than American wild ale. Very fruity, reminds me of grape candy. Slightly metallic which is a bit off-putting.

Taste - Sour and astringent. Lots of fruity plum flavors. Some bitter hop character when held in the mouth. Reminds me of sour skittles a bit. Finishes with a straw/hay character.

Feel - Thin and watery feel, tingle on sides of tongue. I've read of peoples teeth hurting when drinking sours, and I'm experiencing that for the first time here, although it isn't severe.

Overall - A bit disappointing, the sour notes are one-dimensional, and the complimentary flavors are a bit flat. At least I didn't pay full price.

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Photo of aratcliffe
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MFMB
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kingpthethird
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nakedasajbird
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle.

A: Upfront plums, stone fruit, a fair amount of sourness and a bit of sharp bourbon on the finish. There is a secondary aroma from the “wild yeast” that smells super off and makes me forget about all the other aromas I just named.

A: Amberish color, quite opaque with a light head that quickly recedes into a thin film.

T: Plums, lightly sweet malt, mixed with a moderate sourness – slight vinegar note with a moderate woody character.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a moderately light acidity.

O: Smells a bit off, but drinks much better. The plums and moderate sourness are a solid compliment to the lightly sweet malt – but could do without the aroma. Hopefully it was flaw just exhibited in this bottle.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cmoore8241
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WaterFurnace
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of npachl
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked this up and wanted desperately for it to be great. However it's terrible, the rating I gave is mucho generous. It smells like vomit, and is the worst sour I've ever had. God I love Uinta, I really do, but year 22 is not off to a good start.

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Photo of Jrguru
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly sweet floral front, sour tang hits the tongue and lingers, but not for too long. Very clean finish. Great beer to have with select foods, such as blu cheese. Highly recommended.

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22nd Crooked Line Birthday Suit: Sour Plum Abbey Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 154 ratings