Passionfruit Sour Ale | Breakside Brewery

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4.08/5
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297 Ratings
Passionfruit Sour AlePassionfruit Sour Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States
breakside.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
100% sour fermented wheat ale, inspired by German Berliner weisse and conditioned on passionfruit. bronze medal winner at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival!

Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-11-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,315
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
297
pDev:
7.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 4ster
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium golden honey in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint pale golden yellow + faint amber colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy foamy white head that quickly reduces to medium to large sized patch of thin film covering a little more than 75% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of tropical/passionfruit over the top of light to moderate aromas of slightly sour wheat malts + moderate lacto sourness.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of slightly sour wheat malts with minimal amounts of bitterness. Moderate flavors of lacto sourness. Finally there is a moderate to strong flavor of tropical/passionfruit with light to moderate flavors of tropical/guava. No discernible hop presence and the tartness/sourness lingers well through the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a light to moderate amount of acidic prickliness.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and refreshing. Really enjoyable with pleasant tropical passionfruit taking center stage over a very nice base Berliner Weisse.

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Photo of Dr_Fox
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of therion72
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of amano_h
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Passionfruit. Guava. Faint wheat. Soggy cereal. Light earthy, woody spice. Lacto-sour.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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T: Passionfruit. Passionfruit. Passionfruit. Lemon-like acetic notes. Yoghurt-like lacto. Faint grass. Pungent-ish woody spice toward the back.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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M: Medium-light bodied. Spritzy, vibrant carbonation. Crisp. Refreshing.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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O: This is the perfect Sunday afternoon beer. Straight up passionfruit and yoghurt on all accounts, more Crisp than Coco, dry and refreshing through and through. I love how straight-forward Breakside is with all their creations, they just get straight down to brass tacks, no fuss, no muss. I'd take this over a wild fermented, dry-hopped, double barrel, kettle-soured Berliner Weisse any day; they need to make this in 12oz cans and sell them in 6-pk format, stat.

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Photo of probert
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheHopsman
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

22oz bottle sealed with a black pressure cap with a logo of a beachchair.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Golden yellow body that is opaque. 3 fingers tall of bone white head. Head dissipates to a thin cap.

Smell: lots of passion fruit and it smells authentic. Fruit forward. No lacto funk noted in the aroma of this beer. Kind of a one note aroma, but it is very pleasant.

Taste: Passion fruit juice and passion fruit flesh / seeds. Fruit forward flavor just as the aroma promised. Light tartness. No lacto funk here in the flavor. Also fairly one noted beer without alot of complexity, but it is still a very enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation. Lightly dry finish that works well with the lower carbonation levels. The beer feels fairly soft despite having some dryness in the finish. Very drinkable beer.

Overall: This is a very well crafted passion fruit berliner. My first Breakside beer and I am impressed with the beer. Great summer time beer for a hot day.

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Photo of abkayak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JW_WNC
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pokal, the appearance was a sturdy bronzed pale yellow color with a sly transparency about it. Carbonation rose an appropriate pace for the style. Swiftly dissipating finger's worth of white foamy head. No lace.
The aroma had the tropical sweet passion fruit up front with some hints of mango, papaya, lemon and a floral-like/almost lavender coming in nicely.
The flavor started sweet through the tropical fruit notes. The lemon does play in this factor just a little bit and then finally, what I hoped for and expected was the sour coming in subtly. Finally, the wheat did come out here to play ever so subtle. Tropical fruit sweet to sour aftertaste rubbing a little bit of tartness in.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a great sessionable and refreshing quality about it. Carbonation seemed a bit under as a light stickiness from the tropical fruits seemed to be coming about. ABV did feel comfortable to what was projected.
Overall, seemed more of a "fruited sour" ale to me as the "sour-ed wheat" portion seemed exceptionally light. If anything, I liked this one for me, numbers will actually reflect more of a personal bias for this.

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Photo of Leif_Eriksson
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a sparkling honey gold with an aggressive laced head that dissipates quickly.

Nose: Massive passionfruit, other tropical fruit, and some sourness like a gumboil.

Taste: Passionfruit comes through, certainly, like the fleshy juiciness of the fruit itself. Not much of an intense sourness, but it is upfront and recedes to a really nice sweet finish. Tropical, to say the least...which makes total sense.

Overall: A solid fruity sour from a great brewery.

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Photo of bisonfort
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had bottle at Bobs. Fantastic sour.

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Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Passionfruit Sour Ale from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 297 ratings