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 #1,538
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,529
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 12.07%
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
399
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Epic Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
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 by Hayes86:
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4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Photo of Todd
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tart, Juicy, Tart, Juicy

An orange-y hued golden beer with a thick and tight head that lasts to the end. Zesty citrus in the nose along with rind and floral notes. Starts with a big smack of citrus that's tart, bitter and juicy. It literally tastes more like juice than beer. Layers of hop bitterness and coarseness add depth and flavors linger into the delicious finish. Tart 'n Juicy Sour IPA is an amazing mash-up of popular styles. You can taste the IPA, the citrus and the sour and they all sing together in harmony.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #113 (June 2016).

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

there are a couple of things i really like about this, and a couple of things i really dont. on the good side first, its real low alcohol and not expensive. nice to see a beer fill this void in the market, and the flavors are all very good, it comes together nicely, isnt too sour to drink a lot of, and should do really well here in the market. i think there is a need for more beer like this. on the negative side, its another blast through quick lacto tart it up process rather than a sour fermentation or so it seems. the same too clean acidity without the flavor from the wild yeast and bacteria hardly at all, its just pucker. its also not an ipa, decidedly not. sure there might be a nice new world dry hop in this, but its not a hoppy beer in the ipa sense, and it lags heavily in that regard. its also a little overly malty for no apparent reason. i wish they didnt call it that, feels like a marketing ploy. i know epic knows what an ipa is, and this isnt that. the good out weighs the bad though, by quite a long shot. i like the hop flavor i do get, and i think the tartness is on point in terms of how aggressive it is. nicely carbonated, not overly refined. real drinkable new beer from epic, i plan to drink a fair few of these this summer...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Epic Brewing Co. "Tart N Juicy Sour IPA"
12 fl. oz. can, production coded but without freshness dating
$2 @ Wegmans, King Of Prussia, PA

Let's see... surprisingly cloudy, looks like grapefruit juice. Smells a little like grapefruit juice, mixed with a little bit of apple juice and some water I think. If the grapefruit is from the hops then it's got hops in the aroma, but if not then there's nothing, which would be odd for an IPA. Of course I'm not getting that much bitterness in the flavor either, so that's not very IPA-like. Of course, it's sour so bitterness isn't needed. It's more than tart, it's sour, but not bracingly so. No more sour than, say, grapefruit juice. And it also tastes like grapefruit juice... maybe with some apple juice and water mixed in. It's just the one flavor really, not very complex, but good, and refreshing. Surprisingly clean as well... nice! Just one more thing, it says on the label that it's kettle soured - two thoughts: 1, wow, they really got a lot of acidity out of it, and 2, geezus I'd hate to have smelled that nastiness cooking for a few days while working, damn, that'd be stank-nasty! Overall, I'd buy this again: makes a great breakfast beer; perfect for a hot afternoon BBQ in August; cuts through the smell of fish guts or horse shit; easy to drink without too much to contemplate.

Also, what's going on here? The can reads "Brewed and packaged by: Epic Brewing Company Denver Colorado" but the site re-directed me to Epic Brewing Company from Utah? Must be multiple locations, right? And not just contract breweries? Wow, that is "epic".

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Photo of costanzo_mike
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can. Pours a hazy orange with aboot a finger of foam. Juicy in the name, juicy in the smell. Fruity aroma with a dry hopped like bitterness and tart notes suggesting some funk. Mild apricot tartness, a bit of orange peel, a pine and citrus bitter background, small sense of funk in the finish. My can says 4.5% abv. I really like it.

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

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mrob22278
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

12 oz can purchased from Lifesource in Salem OR $1.79 Lighter burnt orange colour with a nice sized tight white head. Aroma is of sour cherries , apricots and red wine a bit. Lovely invigorating sour taste right up front, than a touch of hops and some sweetness. Nice dry mouth feel..prickly on the tongue..good. A very nice sour beer.

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

Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp can poured into a snifter. the beer is a gift from my brother Curt. Thanks!
The beer pours a slightly hazy gold to copper hue with a glug of suspended sediment coming out at the end of the pour. The sediment settles to the bottom of my glass but still the beer is now a hazy peach color.
There is a fizzy eggshell white head of 1.5 cm that fades quickly to a thin edge layer.
The aroma is some pine resin and citrus rind hops with a little bit of light fruit, peach and apricot. I also get a little bit of bready scone like hit, probably from yeast. Pretty appealing nose on this beer.
The first sip reveals an average body with fine prickly carbonation and a silky smooth texture.
Flavor is sort of what the nose advertises, although the hops take a backseat to the tartness here. I get a little caramel and then again apricot note, There is also some grapefruit hints and then the beer moves to a bit of a tart slightly acidic finish. Overall, more mild on the flavor than I expected after the nose was fairly complex. Flavor doesnt really linger much and the beer finishes pretty clean for a sour beer. An interesting brew that is approachable and could be a good intro to sour beers.

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Photo of MIbeer27
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.06/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of khurtwilliams
2.82/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is tart funky sour fruit and stale hops.

The flavor is sweet and tart fruit with some sourness and a bit of a green hop finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, I like the tart fruit and hops. It's watery and I'd like a little more hop and less sweetness.

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Photo of Dr_Fox
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Baerdad
1.18/5  rDev -69%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

Photo of smcolw
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, light amber color. Light head that becomes predominantly rim bubbles. Some half formed rings for lace.

With the smell I get mostly thistle and then some rhubarb and dandelion. Not much sourness nor hop bitterness.

The taste is tart and bitter, an interesting combination. Full bodied but with a decent carbonation level, in a word, chewy. The aftertaste is more of the same. Overall, I find the combination intriguing but rather one-dimensional--what-you-see-is-what-you-get. Worthwhile as a novelty.

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Photo of Hootie159
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of roan22
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap in Denver Colorado. The beer was 50 IBUs I think. Delicious!

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Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of d_kizzle
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Tart 'n Juicy Sour IPA from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 399 ratings