Sour Wench Blackberry Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.7/5
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Sour Wench Blackberry AleSour Wench Blackberry Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Gueuzedude on 08-05-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,277
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
323
pDev:
12.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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13
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint glass
A: Deep red, thin head
S: Raspberry, a touch sour
T: More raspberry, a nice sweet/sour balance
M: Light-bodied, fairly tart
O: Not too complex but very refreshing

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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Old Chicago.

It pours a semi clear red with plenty of off white foam.

Smells of blackberries, lemon, wheat, decent level of tartness suspected.

The taste is nice blackberries, almost puree like, wheat, lemon, good tartness.

Good mouthfeel, good brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the German sour wheat ale as its underpinnings, the brewers at Ballast Point have transformed the style into something, fruitier, juicier, more robust and maybe even more elegant and soft. Still sour at its core, the sassy ale can turn "wench" in a hurry.

Sour Wench pours with a rusty mauve hue with ruby and garnet shadows playing on the eye. Its loose and lathering foam brings a zesty scent filled with citrus, orchard and berry fruits along with a faint must of attic-like conditions and a tingle of tartness. Sweetness splashes the tongue with the fruit juices of blackberry but also a malty influence of sourdough, pastry and hard candy.

Trending swiftly from sweet to sour, the middle palate shows a rapid transition away from barley and wheat. Crisp, tart and highly flavorful, the blueberry taste is overt while background flavors of plum, black cherry, raspberry and grape play into the more robust fruit flavors. But its the underlying fermented flavors and their green apple, lime, lemon, gooseberry and sour white grape flavors that win out in the end.

Medium bodied yet seemingly fuller because of the beer's dark fruit influence and robust sense heightens the beer's character. But the finish of brisk acidity and its gentle after palate of weathered wood, burlap and whole wheat brings the beer once again back to its Berlinerweiss roots.

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3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a dark ruby color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of blackberry, lemon and some wheat. Nice sour blackberry taste with hints of lemon and wheat.

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3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy red color. 1/3 inch head of an off-pink color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of slight bacterial funk, slight yeast, and strong fruit (similar to blueberry). Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is an elevated tartness as well. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, slight bacterial funk, fruit, hint of pale malt, and a hint of citrus hops. Overall, good fruit aroma, blend, and body.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +8.1%
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Sour Wench Blackberry Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 323 ratings