Passionfruit Sour Ale
Breakside Brewery

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Berliner Weisse
Ranked #128
Ranked #4,426
4.08 | pDev: 7.84%
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States
Passionfruit Sour AlePassionfruit Sour Ale
Notes: 100% sour fermented wheat ale, inspired by German Berliner weisse and conditioned on passionfruit. bronze medal winner at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival!
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3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taster at CopenRoss. Clear, pale golden with a small, thin, finely beaded head. Aroma is passionfruit, tropical. Taste is sweet and tart, and very fruity. Puckering then dry.

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stevoj from Idaho, Feb 09, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i believe this is different from the passionfruit berliner thats listed here as well, but maybe not, perhaps it has just changed a bit and been renamed over time, either way its as good under this label as it was under the other one, seemingly less fermentation forward, just neutral tartness with the natural tang of the fruit, which is as real as it gets, boldly dosed, and super easily identifiable in here. the cleanness of the beer overall is nice, and there is a subtle earthy cereal wheat character to it. some lemony citrus in support of the passion, its just an essence though, and the whole thing is mouthwatering, fresh, and even refreshing for a sour. acidity is low enough that i could drink and want to drink several of them, a bomber would not be too big a dose for me at all, and carbonation is really high so this feels very alive to me, super summery overall. i have seen this around quite a bit, but havent gotten into it until now, should have known it would be awesome, breakside beers always are. seems like this is just an updated version of their original passionfruit berliner from years ago, but its really refined and delicious, great use of the fruit, ill be drinking my share of this moving forward!

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

On tap at Rocket Dog Brats & Brews

A: Pours slightly hazy golden amber with a frothy off white head that quickly settles and leaves a little thin spotty lacing.

S: Fresh tart passion fruit, nice lactic tartness builds on that, faintly grassy, with a little twangy wheat, and a hint of funk.

T: Pleasant lactic tartness, though it does linger, nice hit of passion fruit right off the bat, slightly grassy, a bit of earthy funk, and a little twangy wheat.

M: A bit on the lighter side of medium body, lively carbonation.

O: After spending 2 summers working in Hawaii I've grown to be a big fan of passion fruit and this does a solid job showcasing it. Tartness hangs around so I'm not sure I could handle a bomber to myself, but I'd happily share it.

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RyanK252 from California, Sep 11, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright 24k gold, clean and clear with a bubbly white foam that descends like a champagne.

Fruit Roll-Up aroma, peaches and apricots with a dash of acidic sourness.

As advertised, this taste like straight passion fruit juice. Tart, and sweet passion fruit.

Light bodied, crisp and tart, but not too tart. An easy drinking and refreshing beer all around.

No wonder this is a decorated beer. It hits all the marks for a light and fruity, tart and summer heat quenching beer.


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

22 oz. bottle:

Pours lightly clouded golden yellow. A very thin white cover tops it off. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of sour/tart passion fruit. Tropical. Sour.

The taste is similar to a passion fruit flavored Sweettart candy. Subtle wheat weaves in and out. Refreshingly tart finish.

It is light-bodied, crisp and refreshing. Easy to drink. Tartness solid but not overwhelming.

An interesting tropical twist on a Berliner Weiss. Well-done. A nice summer brew! (My bottle states 5% abv - which is well-covered.)

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jwc215 from Arizona, Jul 21, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle purchased at the 76 gas station in Bothell, Washington. No Pckd date.

Look- Hazy, bright yellow with a quickly dissipating head, minimal lacing.

Smell- Fruit, passion fruit of course. A little grainy with a tail of spice.

Taste- Sour passion fruit, with a little malt that doesn't really balance it out.

Feel- Very carbonated and cooler like, better when it was really cold.

O- Too sour for me. Took me two days to finish the 22. Probably won't go back to this one, but tasty.

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Mister_Faucher from Washington, Jul 06, 2019
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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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dbrauneis from North Carolina, May 18, 2018
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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.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
T: Passionfruit. Passionfruit. Passionfruit. Lemon-like acetic notes. Yoghurt-like lacto. Faint grass. Pungent-ish woody spice toward the back.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
M: Medium-light bodied. Spritzy, vibrant carbonation. Crisp. Refreshing.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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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amano_h from Oregon, Dec 16, 2017
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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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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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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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Leif_Eriksson from Alberta (Canada), Jun 13, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow with a massive 3 or 4 finger head. The head lasted and lasted, and when it did finally break, it left awesome lacing in the wake. The smell is amazing, it's just like cutting into a passionfruit. Malts and wheat are also present on the nose, but are mostly smothered by the juicy passionfruit. The taste is much like the smell, with the passionfruit really coming across, however there are some really nice malt elements that come into play, and that wheatiness is there. The fell is good, light, full carbonation and medium weight. There is definitely a dry finish to this beer.

A winner in my books, this would be a great beer on a hot day on the patio.

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polloenfuego from Ontario (Canada), Apr 07, 2017
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4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark golden yellow color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy / fizzy head that didn't last particularly long. No real lacing to speak of.

S: An enticing aroma of wheat, passionfruit, grain, and other fruit elements.

T: Tasted of a lot of the advertised passionfruit, some wheat, a bit of grain (particularly in the finish), light citrus notes (lemon), a bit of other tropical fruits (guava), and a hint of malt. A very light and fruity flavor that's heavy on the sour notes. Quite vibrant, sweet and tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is an excellent variation on the Berliner Weissbier. Dynamic and highly drinkable.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Dec 14, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - let the sour train keep on rolling, to the detriment of my better senses.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a rather aggressively teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy bone-white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying coral reef lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of pungent tropical fruit (passionfruit, sure, but guava and pineapple core as well), a bit of lactic sourness, predominantly wheaten cereal malt, some understated white wine lees, and very tame leafy and earthy hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale and wheaty malt, passionfruit extract, further mixed tropical fruitiness (kiwi, maybe?), acidic lactic essences, even more domestic citrus esters, and a plainly underwhelming leafy, weedy, and earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is off the fucking charts, what with its seemingly bottle-conditioned fizzy bullshit frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and not particularly smooth - see the earlier mention of overwrought bubbles in this sentence. It finishes trending dry, the fruit holding tough, but the general sourness not giving any quarter, either.

Overall, this is certainly a decently rendered fruity sour ale, the guest ingredient well represented, but the testy bubbles really make a mockery of what my palate can sanely withstand. Tasty, yeah, but yet a veritable pain in the ass to drink - what, has this brewery been taking cues from Mikkeller, or something?

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Oct 28, 2016
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy pale golden yellow, with a finger of loose and grainy white foamy head. Dissipates pretty quickly and doesn't leave much lace and just a smattering of surface white residue with carbonation bubbles relaxing just under the surface around the ring of the glass.

Aromatics: Lots of sweet tropical fruit - guava, passionfruit, pineapple, and some white grapes. Some light sweaty sock funk as well

Taste: You asked for sour passionfruit and that's what you get. A very nice tropical fruit punch flavour. A few hints of fresh grass and a slight woody spice in the tang. You could almost say that it's simplicity is very complex. Though I think it's just a great simple sour.

Mouth: Ample carbonation almost gives you the impression you are drinking a passionfruit soda. Has a somewhat thinned medium body, but great palate coverage. That hidden spice in the flavour does sit at the back of the throat, which is interesting - I don't see an ingredients on the label so now I'm curious what the spice is (I mean besides tasty that is)

Overall: A super enjoyable sour that is highly sessionable in my opinion. It has lots of sunshine qualities that makes me say this would be better in late Summer when we still have 25°C+ days and/or around peach harvest time.

Pairing: Patios and Peaches! I can see myself enjoying this on the patio, with fresh tree fruit, a peach or a few apricots would promote the juiciness and wonderful fruit flavour and keep it simple and genuine.

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JonCorbett from British Columbia (Canada), Oct 12, 2016
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3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow-wheat color. Cloudy, unfiltered.
Nose is clean, citrus, lemon & orange, grapefruit, passionfruit. Not very beery.
Taste is mild, clean, sessiony, passionfruit. Not much beer in this beer. Spritzerlike.
Light body, not overcarbonated. Not bad.
Meh. If you don't want beer, this is a decent beer.

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Jeffsta1 from Washington, Sep 08, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the better kettle sours out there. The passion fruit and pucker delivers with a nice punch. Actually one of the only beers I like from the brewery.

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reggggg from Washington, Jun 26, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours fizzy and golden in color. Some cereal grain, lemon, hints of passion fruit and semi sweet malt in the nose. Mildly acidic upfront, not in your face sour at all which makes the subtle flavors of passion fruit more detectable. Light cereal grain and lemon in the finish. Nicely balanced, light and refreshing.

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Fcolle2 from Illinois, Jun 12, 2016
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3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Light hazy color with a thin white head. No overly potent aroma. The taste left much to be desired. A mild tartness but nothing popped and for a beer with only 4% abv I would expect more flavors to be at play. No real tangy tart I expect from a fruit sour. I really would not recommend this beer to my friends. I feel like this a swing and miss on a sour ale.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Hazy orange body, two finger white head. Looks like a hefeweizen.

Smell: Passionfruit and toasted wheat.

Taste: See above.

Feel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and mildly tart.

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Cthulhusquid from Washington, Mar 06, 2016
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3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bomber

A — Pours a plummy and hazy semi yellowish hue into the glass, no real head formation or lacing.

S — Smell is fairly fruity, though there is a strong semisweet wheat malt base underneath, little bit of a pungent passionfruit tone as well.

T — Mildly acidic notes of lemon and lime, intermingled with notes of passionfruit and guava, tart and slightly puckering finish.

M — Light in body with a crisp sharpness.

O — Very good overall, a nice fruited sour that hits all the right notes.

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Moose90 from Washington, Jan 04, 2016
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4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Don't expect the sort of ultra-sour, makes-your-cheeks-hurt kind of beer with this. But as far as fruity Berliner Weissbiers go, this is a wonderful, refreshing treat.

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3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tap to growler to wine glass
Appearance: pours light yellow, hazy,
Smell: fruity aroma
Taste: very sour, not much bitterness, not well balance
Fell: good
Overall: good beer, not used to sour beer,

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gandres from Philippines, Dec 28, 2015
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3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this as two pours from a bomber into an American pint glass.

It pours very lightly. The color is a pale, pale yellow. It is fairly cloudy, and didn't produce much of a head. It has a very lemony scent, which extends to the flavor. There is more than just a tangy feeling to this sour- it actually produces a bit of a pucker effect. The sour stays on the tongue for some time, but there is also a hint of sweetness in the aftertaste.

Breakside is a weird brewery for me. People hail it like it's the second coming of beer. I went to the brewery and was not particularly impressed with the beers (or the food). However, I've had a couple of bombers that are quite good. This sour is very nice, and could be great for certain days or with certain foods. I'd recommend it to most people who enjoy the sour side of beer.

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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, light yellow brew, topped by a fluffy white head with excellent retention.

Incredibly fruity aroma; passion fruit and star fruit.

Aroma translates to the palate perfectly; it's like chewing on a juicy star fruit. Very tart and acidic without being vinegary.

Lively, medium-light feel.

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Roguer from Georgia, Oct 29, 2015
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