A rusty, ruby, filtered body with nearly no carbonation and a half finger of beige head.
The first sniff was full of hoppy citrus and pine notes, the second more funky like an ageing cellar, and flanders red ale qualities. I got a bit of rust too. Caramel and floral notes. Really complex like a new brew with each breath.
Ok, thats really unique. Its got sour, almost watery fruit drink characteristics, followed by fruity pomegranate notes, then hits of sourness that go deep to the finish, hints of orange ahdncitra along the way, and pine. I get yoghurt, Brett, and fruity, floral bumps throughout. Almost a lactic quality too, hence the yoghurt. A little bitterness, sort of a toasted hint of burnt toast.
Light body, well hidden alcohol, and low carbonation.
Got on Wishbeer, drank in Chiang Mai Aug 11th, 2016. Everything I expected, weirdness in a glass, but worth it. I can see why some would rate it low, as its not really well defined with so many notes. I think its pretty unique.
A 500ml bottle with no discernible best before date (unusual for 8 Wired). Poured into a Moonzen teku glass.
Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy copper red colour with less than a half finger off white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.
Aroma: Not very strong, but there’s lychee, grape, pine and some light sourness.
Taste: Sour, strong fruit lychee followed by grape, orange and maybe some berries.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I liked it better than the Tall Poppy which is was what it was based off of. But as per the ratings, not many others seem to have agreed with me. The recipe is supposed to be quite similar but what I like about the Sour Poppy is that it loses the booziness and caramel malt that I was not too fond of in the Tall Poppy and replaced it with sour fruitiness which I preferred. However, still not the best from 8 Wired.
500ml bottle, part of a slew of new offerings from this (near?) down under brewery to show up very recently on yer finer Alberta suds shelves.
This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with a single chubby finger of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and uber alles fizzy tan head, which leaves a bit of receding high-dive splash lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.
It smells of slightly dank pine resin, muddled citrus pith, rotting wood, gently funky yeast, some grainy caramel sweetness, subtle free-range char, a musty lactic thing, and more leafy, weedy, and wet grassy hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a stronger sour milky thing than presented in the nose, now muddled forest floor detritus greenery, isolated generic funk, some overripe domestic citrus and underripe apple fruitiness, and a plain earthy, leafy, and dead grassy hoppiness.
The carbonation is solid in its supportive and not altogether playful frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, as a strange melange of edgy hops and milky sourness can't help but have some sort of unpleasant effect right about now. It finishes off-dry, the base red ale kind of trying to reclaim what it has given up - first to the hops, and now to the funk and/or sourness.
Overall, another unnecessary treatment of a style that just doesn't get better with additional tom-fuckery. At least the souring is mild, and in that lactic sense, rather than the full-on Brett bullshit experience, so I suppose that this is OK, but by no means better than one of my favorite hoppy moments of 2012.