Passionfruit Sour Ale | Breakside Brewery

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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
Ratings:
275
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
41
For Trade:
1
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Photo of bisonfort
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of polloenfuego
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of liamt07
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of h2oviv
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of malfunxion
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of CUBeerBuff
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kelseyr713
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Waveoff
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Briken
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Haybeerman
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of arini10
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of davelem
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsshuck
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonCorbett
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of wcalexan
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beertunes
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of likeablepaper
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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