Pumpkin Sour | Almanac Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
almanacbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by brewmastercat on 08-27-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,912
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
126
pDev:
8.42%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
26
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep brown color with virtually zero head

S- aroma gives notes of tart cherry and cranberry, as well as some thanksgiving-like spices

T- malty up front before a dark berry-like sour adds some dark wine notes as well. The finish gives just a hint of bourbon and spice

M- medium-light body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a tart dry finish

O- hard to find elements of pumpkin or pumpkin spice, but a nice sour

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Photo of WormGod
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of briandschorr
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not normally a fan of sour beers but I found this one to be a surprise. There was almost no head, there was a vinegar meets pumpkin aroma and mild carbonation. The pumpkin did not come through as much as I was hoping for. Still, the roasted flavor plus acetic acid provided a nice addition to the overall flavor. For first timers the wine meets vinegar combo may put them off but this is beer is still worth a try. Also, the barrel element provides a nice complexity so overall this could be one of the better sour beers I have tried.

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Photo of armock
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imperialking
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle into a tulip appears black in color with a mocha head that fades leaving spotty lace.

Aroma is roasty chocolate, earth, ash and tangy bacterial sourness. Slight coffee and vinous character.

Tastes sour and vinous. Very mild roastiness underneath all the bacterial tang.

Light in body with modest carbonation. Not sure I get what they were going for here. I dont dig it. I dont get the pumpkin aspect at all, all I get is what I think was a stout aged in wine barrels that turned.

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Photo of Alphakitty
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Absolutely no head. Strong wine, vinegar and mild bourbon on the nose. Very tart wine with a touch of spicy bourbon. I am not getting pumpkin but that is fine with me. Slightly carbonated and works well for the style.

I wasn't sure what to expect as I do not like pumpkin beers. This was a gift from my cousin who lives in Cali. Quite impressive with complex barrel flavors and pretty darn bitter. Recommended.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Slightly hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma is malty and slightly spicy with a hint of fermented fruits but it's quite simple overall. Taste starts tart with some fermented fruits like mirabelle plums and apricots, finishes slightly spicy and dry. Medium body with low carbonation. Quite underwhelming overall, there is absolutely no barrel character.

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Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DispyDnb
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle at Muter Horn Berlin.
Deep black color with red shades; smell is mostly coming from the bourbon barrel and it's very very pleasant; taste has everything that is written on the bottle and it's nicely balanced: brett comes first, then a big shot of wine/bourbon and a good lil aftertaste of pumpkin. GOOD!
Feel is veeeeery sour, mid carbonation, mid body. Must try beer

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Comes out pretty dark with a quickly dissipating tan head
S: Bourbon and wine vanilla and pumpkin
T: Perfect blend of sour bourbon wine and pumpkin
O: Nicely done perfectly balanced flavors

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Photo of drummerdwzp
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bnes09
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate color. Big head for the style with solid retention. Clean vinegar and mild pumpkin aroma. Moderate roasted flavor with a hefty dose of acetic acid. Hint of fresh pumpkin. Minimal spices as desired does not over shadow the fruit. Subtle wood. Very well balanced. Medium body. Well carbonated. Dry acidic finish. Very good sour fruited ale.

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Photo of THSmusicman
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled July 2015, so I'm drinking this about 9 months later.

I get a lot of bourbon in the aroma, really nice, so I expect to get that in the taste as well. Surprise! The bourbon influence is very subdued. There's more impact from the wine barrels. And the sourness (good, not bad) takes center stage. It's really a wild ale, that happens to be made with pumpkin (very much in the background) and has extra layers of flavor from the wine barrels. With just a bit of bourbon.

Lots of carbonation, a light body, and very well balanced.

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Photo of Vylo
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ohiovania
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rojada1988
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dertyd
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ghirsh
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Pumpkin Sour from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 126 ratings