Tart 'n Juicy Sour IPA
Epic Brewing Company

Tart 'n Juicy Sour IPATart 'n Juicy Sour IPA
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,520
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,103
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 12.34%
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
397
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Epic Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
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Year-round
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86
Very Good
Tart 'n Juicy Sour IPATart 'n Juicy Sour IPA
Notes: We've combined the clean, puckering tartness of kettle souring with an abundance of juicy, citrus-driven hops to create a beer that’s the best of both worlds - Tart n' Juicy Sour® IPA.

Does not contain dairy.
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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 397
Photo of bcgoldtoe
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything I've wanted in a beer. Subdued alcohol, not too bitter, and the sour notes are absolutely killer. Definitely a great choice for a session.

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Photo of Precisiondigital
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grape fruit with hints of lemon and citrus. Not too tart but has a smooth finish and watery yet sikuotaneously creamy feel. Hops are in the background but not the slightest bitterness. I enjoy it as a summer ipa but I'm not crazy about it. Little bit if salt but not too much. Low alcohol content. Thought I tasted some lactic acid in there and then read other reviews and people said the same

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.49/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Taste: tart very sour,earthy, chewy, gritty, citrus hopped. Fermented sour nose. Gold/amber hue, clear, small white head and lace. medium to med/full body. Maybe the can was beyond date? 60 IBUs

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can at The Heidelberg in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
A: Pours a hazy, amber color with a ruby tint, variously amber and ruby highlights, energetic, one finger head white formation, rim retention and remarkably complex lacing.
S: Tangy/tart and funky with aromas of green apple, delicious apple, vanilla, caramel and a touch of lactic acid.
T: Moderately art with fruit flavors, again green apple, delicious apple, vanilla, and caramel, as well as a touch of chardonnay grape and lactic acid.
M: Medium bodied with moderate but persistent carbonation. Lots of palatal tingling while consumed.
O: This reminded more of an unadulterated lambic or gueuze than any other American Wild Ale I have tried. Only real critique is that I really didn't really find any consistency with an IPA, but that is how it is labeled.

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Photo of DrBeergood
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's tart, sour, and slightly hoppy. Light bodied and full of flavor. I've never had anything quite like it; If perhaps you want to expand your palate, then Tart 'n Juicy Sour IPA from Epic Brewing is right for you. It would complement a sandwich nicely, if you happen to have one handy.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A holdover from the yesterday, when I had typed up the prelude, but ran out of steam before getting to the review. Hereby submitted for your amusement & pleasure:

It must be New Odds & Sods Beer Sunday (Week 746) as I am delving deep into the backlog, pulling out bottles & especially CANs for The CANQuest (tm) & really getting at them! Once the day ends, you will be able to look back at the progression & see that there was actually method to the madness. In the interim, just hang on, it's a wild ride!

From the CAN: "We've combined the clean, puckering tartness of kettle souring with an abundance of juicy, citrus-driven hops to create a beer that’s the best of both worlds - Tart n' Juicy Sour® IPA."

No dairy?!? First, the previous one seemingly did not include lower-case "p" polenta & now this one does not CANtain dairy! I am really getting fed up! Good thing that the end is in sight.

Right! This is getting silly! There will be NO silliness during NBS (Week 746)! And by none, I mean that there may be some & by "some" I mean that there will be plenty & by "plenty" I meant that it will be rampant! Carry on as I feel CANpelled to join the orgy taking place next door!

Monty Python aside, I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug until I could get the lay of the land. It poured pretty clear so I let it run until I got close to the kick. It was foaming on its own to form just under two fingers of fizzy, foamy, soapy, bone-white head, but with very low retention, quickly falling away to wisps. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with some floaties in evidence, but since this was NOT an AIPA, it made little difference. Nose had a pronounced tart citrusiness with the kind of nose that I have been getting lately from kettle-soured beers. Hmm. Really, though, it was quite tart on the nose and my lips were puckering as a sympathetic response. Mouthfeel was kinda thin, but again, not a CANsideration since it was NOT an AIPA. It was quite tart in terms of its taste, though. The CAN depicts a grapefruit overlain by a lemon & that pretty well sums it up. Man, if you did citrus fruits, then this is your bag! If not, well then, I guess that yer own yer own. Finish was puckeringly dry, no getting around it. My real bugaboo was their labeling this as an AIPA. It is totally misleading & bears no resemblance to that style. Remember, boys & girls, rate to style & NOT to personal taste. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A nice golden, somewhat cloudy color and a fair head that dissipates quickly. Highly carbonated. Smell leaves a lot to be desired. Rather yucky in aroma. Light and sour I don't get much an IPA taste. It's way different. They are not strong or overpowering in any way so they're extremely easy to drink. There's just a bit of sour that's not objectionable. Overall though, it's not one I would buy again. B.B. 7/2/19

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Photo of FLima
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber copper color with a thick off-white head with decent retention.
Aroma with notes of tea, apple juice, some pine and lots of peaches.
Flavor with predominant notes of lemon, pine and clear funk going on. Dry aftertaste with a more acid than bitter finish.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Just a bit of bitterness. This is a Sour with some hoppy notes. Idea was interesting, but it didn't work. Still, this is a good Sour and the experiment can be tried again.

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Photo of beergoot
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy, light honey colored body; thin head yet lasting. Interesting scent combination of apricot and charred grain. (perhaps more like slightly burnt rubber from a tire burnout) Very tart flavors; lemon and lime with grapefruit and orange; sour and fruity. Medium-light body; tangy and acidic; sweet but with a dry edge to it.

Seems more like a straightforward sour ale to me more than an IPA. And if it weren't for the odd burnt tone to the smell, this would be a far better beer.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Just not for me. Super light, with tangy citrus and funky hops, but they are not complementary. Sour note is weighed down by wheatiness. Smell is hoppy sour orange and lemon, fine but nothing special. Feel is bitter and sour water. Love the idea, aspects here and there are pleasant, but overall pass on this one.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unique beverage this one...looks like an IPA, smells like an IPA, first taste initially displayed some tartness followed by a slight hop bitterness. The combination was different to say the least. An easy drinking beer that paired well with a Nashville Hot style chicken sandwhich.

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Photo of EMV
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy golden brown pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Funk and citrus... orange and barnyard.

T/F: Light... tart and citrusy with a bit of funk. Green apple in the background and unripened fruits. Effervescent... easy drinking.

O: Very easy drinking... nice flavor... and an all around solid little beer. As an introduction to 'sour' beers this would be perfect.

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Photo of cbutova
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a ruby red hue from the can into my glass with a slight cloudy appearance to it and a large head that nearly foams out of the glass upon pouring. The fizzy pillow dies slowly and lacing is rare.

S- Sour with some good lactic bugs and tartness along with a slight funk. The hops along with the tartness brings out the major aroma of the beer which is tart and underripe stone fruit like sour apricot or passionfruit. Hints of citrus and tropical fruits.

T- The beer becomes just a bit one dimensional here and a large fermentation flavor of pale grapes comes out to throw off the balance a bit. Again the tart and lactic notes are fairly big and the hops bring hints of stone fruit, tropical and citrus but the tart apple/grape flavor gets to be too strong eventually.

MF- Light and very puffy body with a super high level of carbonation. Really foams up on the palate and a bit overcarbed. Ends tart.

The aroma was promising but the ferment leaves way too much of an apple and grape type of flavor that really compliments the slight slight sweetness and overshadows the hops and tartness.

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Photo of iguanodon
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Original rating 2016-02-05] Bomber. Pours clear gold with a thin white head. Aroma of citrus, earth, bread, sulphur. Taste is tart lemon with a bitter finish and malty aftertaste. I’m not an expert on sours but I think this one is pretty good.

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White head. Burnt copper color.

Very tart for an ipa. Green apples. Lemon citrus. Some earthy and floral notes. Very odd ipa, but kind of fun to try. Small doses only for me.

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Photo of kitch
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 fl. oz. can, with no canned on or best before date “welcome to the party pal”. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark orange copper colour with a two finger off white head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.

Aroma: Tart-ish, tropical juiciness, jammy, fruit compote, lychee, apricot and peach with hints of mango and orange.

Taste: Tart, lightly sour, apricot, apricot compote, half ripe mango and only hints of citrus fruit.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nice and drinks easy. Could be even more sour considering it has the name ‘sour’ in it, but the tropicalness is refreshing.

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Photo of GregFliney
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L: clean pour from a tap, moderate haze, minimal bubbles
S: weak, faintly sour smell
T: sour followed by citrus with minimal hop flavor
F: very smoothe mouth feel

This beer is becoming increasingly popular on taps in the Denver area.

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Photo of michiganmatt
2.41/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

L: All sort of big particulates visible--looks gross and I wonder if it's safe to drink.
S: Smells a little fruity but mostly a weird slightly-nasty dankness (reminds me of Lagunitas undercover)
T: Slightly tart at the start, gets moderately high tartness near the end of the sip. only the faintest hints of hops. Overall the taste does not blend well together. It's just plain not good.
F: The beer feels good at least.
O: Perhaps I just don't have the right set of taste buds but this wasn't good

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Photo of hydrate
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this as a sessionish IPA. Probably not a true session at 4.5%, but lower than most IPAs. Has a definitely tart flavor followed by a citrus finish. Refreshing. Not a "light" beer but lighter on hops than most IPAs. Pours cloudy like a wheat but no wheat flavor at all. The citrus & sour dominates all other flavors and it's otherwise pretty clean. I like it! Poured from a can into a chilled pint pub glass.

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Photo of Bombas
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour this hard into your glass to produce a great IPA head. Leave a little in the can to swish around and then pour the remaining beer into your glass. Remaining beer near the can bottom adds a wonderful, cloudy, flavorful, character of an unfiltered IPA and Kettle Sour blend to your tall glass. Juicy, Juicy Citrus hops for sure! A super Kettle Sour! All in one. Great finish too.

Very drinkable at only 4/5% alcohol. Could call it a Session IPA/Sour. You won't be cheated on outstanding flavor. It is somewhat similar to Trinity Brewing's Super Juice. I have seen a few bars with this Epic beer on tap, since it has a broad appeal. I wish there were more beers of this style.

Personally, I have tried several sours and derivatives. I also am not a big fan of fruity or wine barrel beers. This beer from Epic is, and looks, and tastes like a hoppy beer that was Kettle soured. A wonderful marriage to be enjoyed over and over.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz can on March 9, 2018. Combines the clean, puckering tartness of kettle souring with an abundance of juicy, citrus-driven hops to create a beer that is the best of both worlds.

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Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy saturated orange, thin layer of foam, minimal spotty lace.
Minerally lacto yogurt, mild grapefruit acidity in the aroma.
Grapefruit and eucalyptus flavors, pretty tasty.
Feel is thin and watery, kind of a typical kettle sour profile.
Overall though, this would be a nice warm weather quencher.
Needs a little more body and carb to really come together.
So this is a thing now it seems... let it be known, Almanac & Hudson Valley did it first and did it better.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L) Pours a lovely honey color with a ruby tinge. The head is small and there is minimal lacing.

S) The nose has some acidity to it, but honestly it smells mostly like a juicy NE IPA. Lovely dry mimosa notes with some resin and floral notes from the hops.

T) The taste is quite nice, but it really is not sour enough to be labeled "Sour Tart N Juicy." Everything present in the nose is in the palate, and it is definitely a citrus bomb and juicy, but the sour could definitely use some cranking up.

F) The beer is delightfully light, with a nice prickly acidity and medium to high carbonation.

O) This is a solid brew, honestly my review would be higher if the name didn't have sour right in it.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden brown color with an off-white head. Aromas are fruity hops and a sour component like tart Granny Smith apples.

The taste features the fruity hops and a tart flavor that again reminds me of tart Granny Smith apples. An interesting and tasty take on a style I really enjoy.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured an interesting unfiltered , cloudy orange gold, with little head. It smells like promised, a citrusy, fruity with hint of sour. Not being a fan of Sours, I must say, i was impressed by the nice balance, between crispy fruity hop flavor and the typical tart of a sour.. It had also a good feel and is very drinkable and refreshing.

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Tart 'n Juicy Sour IPA from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 397 ratings