Sour Wench Blackberry Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sour Wench Blackberry AleSour Wench Blackberry Ale
BA SCORE
3.67/5
213 Ratings
Sour Wench Blackberry AleSour Wench Blackberry Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gueuzedude on 08-05-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,131
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
213
pDev:
11.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by Stoneman78:
Photo of Stoneman78
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at Hamilton's

Appearance is a cranberry red hue, interesting foamy pools of pink-red bubbles, minimal lacing

Smell is sugary sweetness mostly, tart candy, jolly ranchers, light fruit, cherries, vanilla, blackberries, fairly subtle overall

Taste is initially a light kool-aid sweetness almost, definite overtones of berries and tartness, some chalky residue and vinegar in the middle, finishes with bubbly light fruit, absence of any noticeable sourness here

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery texture, Pellegrino-like carbonation lingers long after the finish and is distracting

Drinkability is low, an interesting fruit beer that is somewhat tart but totally lacking in true sourness, the tartness reminds me of Alpine's Ichabod (but that one was also much sourer), the carbonation was also too powerful

I get the feeling that in a blind taste I would take this to be a berry kool-aid with selzer water and a touch of alcohol. I'm not a fan, but this could be a refreshing drink on a hot day. . .

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of magictrokini
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like bubbly cranberry juice with a big, rock pink head. Sweet rasberry nose. Refreshingly sour taste. Lots of rasberry more than blackberry flavors with a sweet malt back. Approaches the taste of a rasberry cobbler, but without the sugar. At least it made it fun to try something differrent.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark red in color with a fingernail of pink around the rim and most of the top. The aroma is of faint blackberries, but I really had to search it out. I'm tasting blackberries and that's it. The taste isn't overbearing. The mouth is light, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary Party
Blue Palms BrewHouse
Los Angeles, CA

Clear red, pomegranate, and slightly purple--a very strange, unique color. Interesting to say the least.

Powerful aroma of blackberries and some tartness, along with a musty, funky, (somewhat) off-putting, wet wood funk. Again, interesting.

Sweet blackberries and cardboard without a huge amount of tart sourness, though there's definitely some musty funk. The flavors don't come together cohesively at all.

Thin to medium mouthfeel without enough carbonation.

An interesting and unique beer, but not something I have any desire to try again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.16/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Conflux of pink and purple, muddled, not really pretty, thin to no head. Aroma was funky, like feet, not good, even if some like funk, this was just sweaty gym sock.

Lacked either sour or blackberry characteristic, the wheat stood out, which was unfortunate. Very minorly tart. Fruit difficult to appreciate, as the bitterness blurs some things for me. Mouthfeel makes me think it was aged in cardboard. Thin at times.

Just not my thing, can't really get a good blackberry sour for some reason. Tasted at Stone's Sour Fest.

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Photo of iSrALE
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of OStrungT
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a ruby red color with a thick, fluffy reddish color head. The head fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a subtle backberry aroma. It smells slightly sour. It really has not more depth than that though. Sour blackberries is all I smell.

As with the aroma, I only taste sour blackberries. That is not to say that this beer is not good, just that is is very one dimentional.

This beer is highly carbonated, fitting the style well. It leaves, go figgure, a sour blackberry aftertaste.

This beer might be a decent session beer. Its lack of depth would make it easy to drink all night.

Overall: Will I ever have this beer again? I highly doubt it. There are many other better sour beers out there. Sorry Ballast Point.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - not sure what makes this one sour; the blackberries, or something else?

This beer pours a clear, medium magenta colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy pale pink head, which leaves but a few specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of musty blackberries, underripe cherries, soured milk, a further lemon/lime tartness, gritty and grainy pale malt, a hint of estery yeast, and some understated leafy, herbal, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, mixed dark berries, sour lactose, some lemony acidity, mild yeast, and more weak leafy, musty, and gently perfumed floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its workaday frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, as the general sourness here is of the benevolent sort, seemingly. It finishes off-dry, the muddled fruit and malt lingering in that particular direction.

Overall - this is an all right fruited up kettle sour, with the atypical elevated ABV hardly even noticeable. Probably a lot more refreshing midsummer, as opposed to on a pretty blustery autumn day, but it's sliding back just fine, just as well.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of augustgarage
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse - served in a snifter.

Opaque deep carmine liquid with an active pink head that recedes to nothing. No lacing.

Dark berry aromatics with suggestions of wine barrel, blackberry syrup, and perhaps mild hops.

Tart, sweet, wild, fruity; while the nose seemed faintly artificial, the full flavor of the plant, extending down to the roots is represented. Vague toast probably from malt. Medium finish is not quite dry.

Slick with low carbonation; not quite medium-bodied.

A unique flavorful fruit beer with an incidental sourness (that is by no means its defining aspect).

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish purple with amazing head and lacing. Smells of sour blackberry/raspberries. The taste is awesome, I cannot drink many sour beers but this one is amazing, super sour but not hard to drink, loads of blackberry and tartness but a nice drinking beer. I have to give this high praise as the best sour to date.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Brewing Co. "Sour Wench Blackberry Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "SW 17 17226 09:45" (whatever that means)

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label as usual. The beer pours a hazy ruby colored body beneath a creamy, pinkish head. The aroma is lightly fruity and berry-like. The flavor delivers that berry, and it's pretty clearly blackberry. There's nothing on the label that says it's either real fruit or an extract but it comes across as authentic so who cares? It's tart as well, quite tart, but not puckeringly sour or biting, and that leads it to a dry, acidic finish with some mild fruitiness lingering gently. Minimal bitterness. Light-medium in body and gently effervescent. Is it really 7.0% ABV? It doesn't seem like it, and the alcohol certainly never shows. Overall I'm quite impressed. It's authentic, refreshing, not too sour and not too funky or weird. If there's anything to argue against it, it would be that it's one-sided. That however would be misguided. You could ask that it be richer and more intense, or perhaps lighter if for some reason you wanted to go that direction, but any more complexity would probably just distract from the tart fruitiness which is the focus. Really nicely done. Easy to drink, refreshing, and satisfying.

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Photo of StephRai
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Beernoobie
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickd717
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this on tap. Next to Victory at Sea and Sculpin, this was really not all that impressive.

A - Bright red in color with a small pinkish head.

S - Aroma is blackberries and raspberries, a little like a fruit candy, sweet and only mildly sour,

T - Flavor is not too exciting, a little funky with blackberries and other berries, red grapes, sugar, and a little tartness.

M - Body is medium-light and palate is not bad, but rather boring for what is supposed to be a sour beer.

D - Average. It is fairly light, but the flavor gets a bit unpleasant after awhile.

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Photo of Muirjustin
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ralphs66
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ O'Briens (San Diego, CA) on 3/18/10. Served in a Chimay glass.

Pours a hazy dark ruby, with a thin covering of pinkish-white foamy head. This stays pretty rich looking around the edges of the glass, leaving some sticky swathes of lace back. The aroma smells of berries, sugary malts, and a pronounced sharp grassy dankness. Sadly, nothing really sour to report here.

The taste is berry juice and sweet sugars. Some earthy and gritty hop character fills out the back of the profile. Just a touch of sourness (probably more like tartness) but much like the aroma, it isn't enough of a trait to name a beer after. Leftover earth and tang hang over into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall, with a crispness to it that lightly prickles the mouth. Some slippery slickness underneath gives this easiness across the palate, at least giving the feel a little something to write home about.

Wow, this was a disappointment from Ballast Point for me, and just not because of the totally unearned name. The flavors just aren't that rich, or exciting for that matter, as my thoughts quickly moved back over to the draft board after being barely done with a 1/2 of the glass.

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Photo of k47k
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bfred805
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of needMIbeer
4/5  rDev +9%

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Sour Wench Blackberry Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 213 ratings
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