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Sour In The Rye With KumquatsSour In The Rye With Kumquats

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We've all come to know and love our 40% rye malt, barrel aged sour ale, Sour in the Rye. Now it's time to enjoy that very same beer, but with fresh kumquats added to the mix. This fruited sour reveals incredible notes of both bitterness from the citrus rind as well as an unmistakable tropical sweetness from macerating the entire fruit and adding it to barrels.

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Photo of cvm4
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage

L - Pours an amber copper body with a one finger paper white head.

S - Has that awesome SitR base with juicy kumquats. Amazing they can cut through the base beer.

T - Wow! So much kumquat juice and peel in this. It's yin and yang that balances the SitR perfectly.

F - To to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - This is a phenomenal beer! The kumquats come through perfectly.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 edition from a bottle. I have really come to appreciate Sour in the Rye and its variants. I used to prefer Oude Tart, but the spiciness of the rye in Sour in the Rye is such a nice complement to the sourness. The kumquat variant is really good, but doesn't quite reach the level of the peach version.

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Photo of tclipse
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Unbelievable sour. The kumquats are VERY present, you get citrus peel from beginning to end along with a bit of understated oak. Definitely a lemon note along with the kumquat as well.

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Photo of BradfordStuckey
4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The best Sour EVER. Very tart, makes you pucker face with every sip. The sweet citrus notes try to cut the sour but instead they compliment the tingling sour of the beer. If you see it, purcahse it.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle served in a tulip. Wow, am amazed at how present the kumquats are in this beer. There is a slight tartness to the beer, but the kumquats are the star.

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Photo of shangwang
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Extremely sour. Wish I had had it side by side with the other Sour in the Rye variations, but as far as I can remember I preferred the Kumquat version. Added a lot more sour with some tropical resiny citrus character. Very nice.

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Photo of Jonada
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottled 4/25/2013. Poured into a teku

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with 2 fingers of an off white, fizzy head that dissipates quickly to a thick collar. Body is hazy with some fine sediment and moderate, to high visible carbonation.

Smell: Despite its age, theres still quite a bit of citrus character. Lemon, slight tropical note, some spicy rye and oak.

Taste: Citrus, green apple, mild lacto character, rye like spice and oak. Quite similar to the aroma. Sourness is high.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is high but not over the top. Finish leans toward the dry side.

Overall: Pretty good. Rye gives it some unique characteristics for a sour, and the citrus is a nice improvement to the regular SitR. Worth trying for sure, but no need to go crazy seeking it out.

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Photo of Cdulay1
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden haze, low carb. Beautiful citrus nose. Thin to medium bodied. Perfect balance of sour and citrusy flavor. None of that vinegar either. I can crush a bomber of this alone.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this beauty as part of a trade with BA Black_Rider. Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with "2013 edition" marked clearly on the label. Poured into a large New Belgium tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a dark ruddy orangish-brown hue that makes light passage difficult. Some haze is present, but I'd hesitate to call it murky. Atop the body sits a finger of off-white head, with a bit of a frothy look to it. Retention is fleeting, and it quickly fades away to reveal a healthy ringlet of foam around the edge of the glass and a bit of film intermittently placed across the surface of the liquid. No lacing is left behind to speak of.

Smell (4.0) - Smell is that of apple cider vinegar as well as some acidic citrus notes. Make no mistake, the story of this beer--like it's un-fruited cousin--is more about the Sour than it is the Rye. However, the addition of the kumquats makes for a nice juicy fruit overtone that wasn't present in the much drier-smelling standard SitR. In many ways, it reminds me more of stone fruit than it does of it's citrus brethren, at least in the aroma. There is still a recognizable amount of funk and some woody qualities from the barrel.

Taste (4.25) - It's hard not to again draw comparisons to regular Sour In The Rye. In this case, it retains the same acidic sour apple punch presents itself in the original, as well as a subtle spiciness from the rye malt. The funk that came through in the aroma is pushed aside by much more straightforward sour characteristics, but again, the kumquat comes to the rescue and provides some softer, juicier tones to play against the biting sourness of the bacteria. There is also some bitterness in the aftertaste that reminds me a bit of a dry-hopped sour.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a mostly dry finish and a slight pucker on the tastebuds.

Overall (4.25), the addition of the tiny citrus fruit does marvels for this beer, and makes it quite refreshing and a bit easier to drink more of than the non-fruited SitR. It certainly makes me curious to try more beers that utilize kumquat in the future.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +10%

A: poured into an oversize wine glass to a deep brown with two fingers of dense off white head that fades quickly but leaves some lacing
S: smells of rye, wood, funk, lactic acid, and kumquats
T: taste is very tart with lactic and acetic sourness, very citrusy with some funk and kumquat, slight woodyness with a faint sweetness. swallow is a lingering sourness and kumquat with a little funk.
M: moderate amount of heft with soft carbonation and a drying finish from the acidity
O: An incredible beer. Great flavors and complexity that's a pleasure to drink. Truly an amazing beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

April 2013 bottle, opened September 2014

A - Glowing, opaque orange ice tea. Thin fine off-white head with nice retention and ok lace.

S - Almost a golden ale base. Citrus zest, pineapple, kumquat, honey, bright wood, honeydew melon, strawberry jam, strawberry lemonade.

T - Huge, smooth, complex, woody sour center with a massive tart kumquat body. Acidic citrus sweetness with a waxy, tart citrus rind edge. Sharp wood. Agave syrup. Soft lemonade and fresh strawberry back end.

M - Medium body. Smooth, and a little slick. The slickness works as a nice foil for the sourness.

O - Outstanding as a kumquat fruit beer in and of itself, and even better as a flavored sour.

4.40 Sour in the Rye with Kumquat
--- -Jay- -Jon- -Ath- -Vin- -Pt- -Grg- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 3.75 4.25 4.00 4.25 3.75 4.00 4.00 10% 0.40
S - 4.25 4.00 4.50 3.75 4.00 4.25 4.13 20% 0.83
T - 4.75 4.50 4.75 4.50 4.50 4.75 4.63 40% 1.85
M - 4.25 4.50 4.50 3.50 4.50 4.50 4.29 10% 0.43
O - 4.60 4.50 4.50 4.30 4.50 4.50 4.48 20% 0.90

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


I had this back to back with Sour in the Rye and it seemed that this was a very different beer. Age and a batch from a different year may have made all the difference but it has a more pink grapefruit like color. The nose was sweet, sour and tart citrus fruit but there was more of a minerally acidic aroma. The flavor was more earthy, minerally and orangier than Sour in the Rye. It felt about the same. Very good beer but I liked the Sour a bit better.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exacerbating the already present citrusy character ,the addition of the highly fragrant kumquats gives this sour rye ale an even more highly citrus boost.

Its hazy burnt orange hue precedes the fruit additions with its own visual weight and haze. As the nose draws near, the tantalizing scent of sourness locks the jaws and evokes mouthwatering response. Its first sip is strikingly sour with the same sour white grape, lime, lemon, crabapple medley as the original Sour in the Rye.

Intensifying over the middle, its sharply acidic taste strips the palate and penetrates with utmost lactic sourness. Approaching dry chardonnay and apple cider vinegar at times, the dried citrus character turns lightly musty and earthen while peppery rye and its associated huskiness lurk in the shadows of taste.

Crisp, clean and utter refreshing, the thirst-stripping sourness leaves the palate dry and only moderately earthy as subtleties of cork, cellar-like must, weathered oak, tobacco and damp soil emerge in aftertaste.

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Photo of Juuroumaru
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a 1/2in white head. not much head retention.
sour slight vinegar on the nose with lots of kumquat coming through nicely.
Lots of kumquat with nice rye notes and a good sourness. not as sour as i thought it would be but still great.
thin hits the tongue nicely really feel it on the sides and back of the tongue.
Great beer. nice fruit and sourness. would love to try SITR Peaches.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Curran at his tasting.

Pours a murky crimson orange, with no head, or lacing. Cool color here, but not much else to speak of.

The aroma just explodes with tart fruit flavors, hard to categorize them all. Kumquats for sure, some lemon, orange, and pineapple, with vinegar, lactic acid, and funk as well.

The taste is similar. Puckeringly sour, but in a good way, it lingers on your lips for a while. There is some great fresh fruit flavor here, the kumquats are up front, and their natural combination of tartness and sweetness is perfect for a beer like this. There is some vinegary and acidic sweetness that dominates the proceedings, but doesn't overwhelm.

Light to medium bodied, miraculously very drinkable. Finishes dry. The acidity lingers on the tongue and lips throughout the session.

I continue to become more and more impressed by sours, this is yet another really well made one.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at the Swamp Head Bottle Drop. Pours slightly murky orange colored with a fluffy white to off white head on top. Beautiful aroma of sour vinegar, tropical fruit, and the light spice I get from the regular SitR. Flavor follows with light sourness that is sweetened up by the semisweet and tart kumquats, clean crisp finish with a lingering fruity flavor left on the palate. My wife, not being a fan of most beers, actually even really enjoyed this one. The fruit balances the sour perfectly here and creates a new beer that retains the beautiful sour flare that I love in the regular version. A little more heft than the regular version, creamy yet crisp, sweet and tart, with medium plus carbonation. I would have this one again and again.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Auburn with beige head and strong head/lacing.

Sweet funk, peach, sour cherry, lemon.

Sour fruit, orange, notes of vanilla and green apple, lots of sugar.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and refreshing. Guessing ABV around 8ish.

I need more.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1784th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 Ml

2013 Vintage

Thanks to Jlindros for this one.

App- Right out of the bottle, this has a nice color with a deep gold and orange color to it. The darker color lends itself to more of a style that I dont get from the base beer. Looks more like a DIPA to me, but the head that was there and gone with only about 1" of head. The more I swirl,the more it takes on a pancake batter head. A little foam and from. A ring remains after each swirl. No cling though.

Smell- I like the smell of this beer. I have always like the smell of SITR, but the peach was a bit too acidic and this is in the middle of the base beer and the addition of the Kumquats creates a nice balance between citrus rind, flaked rye and a little oak.

Taste- This was way better than the peach version. This didn't strip the enamel off my teeth.The citrus was prevalent but still retained more of the base version with tart, acid, rye and oak. I couldnt finish the peach version and this was better than expected when it warmed and more of the rye did come out. The ABV is quite hidden but once you get to the 2nd glass, its there.

Mouth- A semi medium body with at times a little bit of lightness to it. A good medium carbonation was there, with a solid residual flavor of the fruit and rye IMO. I liked that at times it was a bit creamy and brought that head into play.

Drink- I think this one is the best of the 3 in terms of bottles of SITR. More balanced and layered than the other two and cloyingly sweet or overtly acidic and a drain pour of the last 1/4 bottle as the peach version was. Was very happy I got to tick this one.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark golden.... nice white head... good lacing and retention.

Nose is pretty damn citrus sour.... kumquats are loud and proud.

Flavor has the same big kumquat presence... citric and pithy... lactic and unapologetic.. liquid sweet tarts... juicy citrus .... for my humble palate, the sour notes destroy any rye perceptions that I might have.

Light/medium body... good carbonation.... very puckery and sour, still pretty refreshing though a 750 is plenty between 5 dudes.

All 3.75's.

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Photo of GJ40
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a Duvel glass.

A deep golden to light amber color with good clarity and a moderate white head. Aroma is fruity and a bit funky. A nice sour/tart backbone but with a decent balance from supporting flavors. Moderate consistency and carbonation with a good pucker factor.

A very tasty beer. A little harsh compared with Belgian sours but very nice.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dull darker amber brown topped by a halo of tightly knit, off white head that provides minimal lacing and fades quickly. The nose is potent, with distinct kumquat upfront (spicy, super citrusy) a little caramel sweetness, slightly sour and some funk. The taste is definitely similar to SitR, less sweet, more mature and citrusy, but has a lingering citrus that's far more potent than the regular. It's light-medium bodied, citrusy, sour and dry, acidic, slightly undercarbonated, and definitely drinkable. Tried this side by side with the regular, definitely dig the kumquat citrus addition.

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Photo of cxr1037
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a bottle share last weekend (thanks Luke!).

APPEARANCE: Medium amber, hazy pour. Strong head that settles quick.

AROMA: Tart, funky smell that I knew would be there when we opened the bottle, but I wasn't expecting based on the color (I've been drinking too many geuzes and other wild ales lately). The kumquat is front and center on this one, bringing lots of tropical fruity citrus. Strong rye character and a little bit of bubblegum.

TASTE: Quite tart. Lots of citrus and other tropical fruit. You could tell me they squeezed the kumquats into the bottle and I would believe it. Minimal rye - I was expecting a bit stronger presence of it. There's low levels of bitterness reminiscent of green apples. Also a tiny hint of plastic.

MOUTHFEEL: Lots of carbonation and a little bit acidic, probably from all that citrus. It leaves a lingering bitterness but it's refreshing.

OVERALL: Another great Bruery sour. I'm more into the geueze flavor at the moment, but this was fantastic. I wouldn't mind drinking this on a warm evening. :D


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Photo of jjdc
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy, golden brown. Nose is fragrant and pungent like an orange tree orchard. Starts with a tart pucker, opens to bitter kumquat rind and finishes with a sweet juiciness, not that far from a glass of OJ. The fruit is really forward in this. Nice to have a beer aged on Kumquats. Different, but really nice.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
2.32/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2013 bottle: This stuff is good...SIX MONTHS AGO! If you have a bottle of this...drink it now. This stuff was really good but drops off like a rock and loses every bit of the nice jiucy flavor that it had back in the summer. I tried a bottle in the summer that was really good. Add six, seven months, this beer turns to not good. Highly recommend if you are sitting on a bottle of this, drink it now as it is fast approaching drain-pour status.

A: two finger head, but darker than it should be leading to some suspicion
S: definitely not fresh...the freshness has gone from this beer long, long ago...sour notes, not fruit or kumquat smell at all.
T: mirrors the smell, freshness is completely gone--emphasis on completely gone. I really tried hard to get a taste of fruit, could not even imagine one past the overpowering sourness of this beer...and I have enjoyed tons of them...this one is just a good example of a falling off, quickly fading one...
M: difficult...lets leave it at that
O: Drink fresh...drink fresh...drink fresh...this drops off fast, does not improve at all with age...

Highly agree with the review about 6 entries down, there is a weird metallic aftertaste to this beer, which throws it off even more...

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy/murky burnt orange color with a small off-white head that sank to a ringlet. Aroma of kumquats, apricot, citrus, acetic acid and lacto, with some yeasty funk. Lots of tartness/sourness in the taste, citrus mainly, acetic, more of the yeasty funk that was noted in the aroma, sour toasted grains. I never bothered trying the original version of the beer, so I really have no basis of comparison between the two. Medium body, a bit rough in the mouthfeel with a slightly metallic aftertaste. Decent.

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