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:
Wild Ale
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 14.47%
Reviews:
49
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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Mehinaman from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on draft at Canlis in Seattle. They were out of my first choice so I went with this one and was really impressed. It's a sour beer for people who don't want their sours too tart. Tastes like plums and other fruits. Very drinkable, very tasty, very good.

Jul 26, 2015
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ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

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.

Jun 25, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

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.

Jun 29, 2015
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

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?

Sep 26, 2015
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neurobot01 from California

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.

Jun 28, 2015
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AndyEdgar from Illinois

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

Jul 14, 2015
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ta_hagen from Minnesota

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.

Dec 11, 2015
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Sjsussman from Maryland

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

May 19, 2015
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 19, 2016
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Wolfrd24 from California

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

Jul 20, 2015
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sahlc

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

Jan 09, 2016
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ryanhooks81 from Georgia

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

Nov 28, 2015
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joshstl from Missouri

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

AWesome taste and smell and !

Jun 07, 2015
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bmeehan from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 31, 2015
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BowWowWowYippyYoIPA from California

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.

Jun 06, 2015
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aratcliffe from Kansas

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

Jul 30, 2015
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MFMB from Idaho

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

Sep 26, 2015
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Kingpthethird from Massachusetts

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

May 26, 2015
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nakedasajbird from Colorado

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

Jul 15, 2015
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Phil-Fresh from California

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.

Mar 01, 2016
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SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

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

May 18, 2015
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Cmoore8241 from South Carolina

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

Jun 20, 2015
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WaterFurnace from New Jersey

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

Jul 07, 2015
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npachl from Wisconsin

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.

Jul 11, 2015
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Jrguru from Florida

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.

Jun 13, 2015
22nd Crooked Line Birthday Suit: Sour Plum Abbey Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 154 ratings