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Sour Red | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ffejherb on 07-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of BeerCon5
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I missed out on trying this beer 2 years ago when it was first made available for a 2-3 week timeframe. I was excited to learn of it going back on tap this past week for only 2-3 days. There seems to be a bit of confusion/miscommunication surrounding this brew. On the tap list, it read "sour brown" but the owner confirmed this is/was the sour red aged for 2 years in an oak barrel.

On draft at the pub and served in a sort of hybrid goblet/pub glass. The brew appears a hazed brown color with copper through the body and lighter yellow clarity noted around the edges. A creamy froth rests atop that fades to a thin film leaving spotty lacework on the glass.

The aroma is wild and acedic sourness immediately makes itself known through the nose. Plenty of oaken aspects with a tingle of vinegar and some lemony lactic aspect emerges as it warms. There are subtle hints of fruit like cherry that emerge and intertwine with the oak and vinegar notes.

The taste is sharp and acedic with a note of sour cherry and deep oak with a hint of vanilla. Some mild acetone character is present before getting earthy and more funky. As it warms up, it continues to have a sharp sour bite but underneath is some vanilla to caramel sweetness that attempts to contrast.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is sharly sour but very complex and enjoyable. I ended up having 2 glasses of this during my visit and it put a hurting on my stomach. Sour heads rejoice, this is the real deal but unfortunately something that probably wont be seen with any regular availability. The more I drank this, I could not shake the thought of an extra sour flanders from my mind. The acetic character coupled with vinegar, cherry and mild acetone was strikingly enjoyable.

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of penguinstout
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of eagles22
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sour red has a reddish orange body with a small off-white head. Not a lot going on in the retention or lacing departments.

The aroma has a good bit of sourness, with equal parts oak and cherry.

The woody oak flavors dominate this one, with all kinds of spiciness coming from the wood. It also serves to make this one very dry. Following the oak is a touch of sourness and a good bit of a funky, musty flavor. Cherry and berry notes are fairly assertive, and a touch of sweet malt comes from underneath the other flavors to round things out.

Lightly carbonated with a medium body.

The oak definitely dominates this one, to the point where I was tired of it. Pretty good first effort to make a sour though.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.32/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on 2011-07-23 at the brewery.

A - Somewhat hazy ruby with a short tan head and light lacing.

S - Funky barnyard and fruity yeast, sour, powerful and wonderful.

T - Light malt, fruit, barnyard, straw and oak. Not very sour. Lingering cherries and light sourness.

M - Light body amd light-medium carbonation give a light feel.

T - A good first effort. Not in the league of Russian River or Cantillon.

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Photo of Deuane
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SGB's first attempt and offering of a "wild" brew. A little behind the the crowd but nothing unusual for the cautious folk here. Better to do something right than to rush out to and jump on the bandwagon with an inferior product.

A-Lightly hazed, rusty-orange copper liquid with a thin off-white head that reduced to a wispy veil and left minimal flecks of lace.

S-Astringent oak with sour cherry tartness and a minimal amount of mustiness in the background.

T-Oak astringency up front with a building dryness that starts out with the initial sip and grows throughout the glass. Accetning cherry / blackberry notes add light sweetness to help balance out the dryness as does a minor amount of mustiness.

M-Medium-light bodied fairly sharp with long lingering oak astringency and a mild tart zing.

D-Not the most complex Flemish Red I have ever had but certainly a very solid first attempt. I really enjoyed it, I guess drinking three glasses would support that! The oak dryness became slightly tedious and I would not have minded more accenting fruity notes but that is a minor complaint for sure. Looking forward to more experimentation from SGB!

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Photo of orangesol
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brewpub into a goblet. My 100th on-tap review is a good one!

A - Pours ruby red with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of strong woodiness, tart cherry skins, light barn yard funk, dry oak, chewy malt, and lots of sourness. I don't get a ton of berry sweetness in this one, mostly just funk.

T - Starts off with a big dose of dry oak tannins slowly giving way to a mix of dulled berry sweetness, cherry skins, and some light barnyard funk. Not as sour as I was expecting after the nose, which is a good thing. The finish is a mix of light berry sweetness and a ton of dryness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, tart, feel with a dry, funky, finish.

O - Not too bad for their first attempt at a sour. I would have liked a bit more fruit and a little less dryness but that is not a big deal really. I can't wait to see what they try next.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SGB on 7/17/11.

A - Hazy, rusty reddish orange liquid with minimal off-white head that reduced to a thin ring of retention and no lacing.

S - Woody aroma with subtle floral notes and a cherry tartness paired with slightly toasted oak, biscuity malt and a hint of leafy green hops. Overall, the tart fruit is more apparent than the funky Brett, although the funk does come through in the form of a slight musty character.

T - Initial flavor is oaky and dry, reminiscent of a chardonnay wine, and chock-full of earthy tannins, rich oak and tart fruit. The cherry/berry tartness pushes through quite a bit, but is accompanied by a mildew-esque funk/Brett character that lingers through to the finish. Finishes tart but with toasty oak and grainy malt notes.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and bristly carbonation. Finish is dry and sour with a hint of tart funk on the palate.

D - Very solid first attempt at a sour beer from Selin's Grove. While it is not overly complex, it is well-balanaced and approachable for a sour beer, giving it extra points for drinkability in my book.

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Sour Red from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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