Dogpatch 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): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This barrel-aged wild ale is named for our San Francisco neighborhood and pays tribute to the Flanders Red style of beer. Aged in wine barrels, this lightly tart ale is brewed with California Rainier cherries using a house blend of wild yeasts, bacteria and SF sourdough yeast. Pair this complex ale with ripe figs & blue cheese or seafood bouillabaisse.

Added by Piddmeista on 07-25-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,120
Reviews:
124
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
7.71%
 
 
Wants:
149
Gots:
257
For Trade:
30
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Photo of jaasen64
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of Beaver13
2.76/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7 oz bottle, batch 2. Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a medium fizzy white head that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is subdued - medicinal cherry with a little butyric acid.

The flavor is super tart and acidic cherries with a little off bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, very tart and acidic cherry sour. Not as good as I remember from on tap.

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Photo of Filabee
2.99/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The taste of this beer missed for me...Seemed a bit flat and not very sour.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of AlexFields
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of tommyguz
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of myuncle
3.04/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of charlzm
3.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed on August 2nd, 2014 from a bottle labeled "Batch No. 2". Poured into a tulip.

Beer is a murky dark peach color. A two-finger head dissipates completely and almost immediately.

Aroma - Woody sour cherries and fresh mushrooms. Pretty simple as compared to most Flanders red ales..

Flavor - tart, all right! Like wincing, sucking on a lemon sour. After the initial shock and awe, some sharp cherry flavor emerges along with very subtle wood notes. The label mentions that the beer was aged in wine barrels but doesn't mention what kind. I'm going to guess it's a white wine of some kind but, since I don't drink wine (surprise! I drink beer!), I'm terrible at this guessing game. No bitterness, lingering acidic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is still (as in, no carbonation) and medium bodied.

Overall, this is a SOUR BEER! You must like SOUR BEERS to like this beer. This is like what might happen if RockStar or Monster or Red Bull decided to brew a Flanders red ale. EXTREME!!!!

Okay, it's not that bad, but it may be the most sour beer I have ever had. Since Almanac is saying this a Flanders Red, I have to say ti does not stack up favorably in either flavor or price to the reigning kings of the style.

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Photo of veblen
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No smell. Good sour but lacks depth of some of the better sours. Worth a try just not to tier, in my mind.

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Photo of cl3
3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

2013 bottling that I've been sitting on for way too long. Beautiful looking beer. Pours a murky orangey brown color. Quickly dissipating big off white head. Very busy beer when held up to the light. Very effervescent with lots of particles in suspension. Nose was kinda weak. Plastic and Band-Aids, & wild yeast. Medicinal, but not in a bad way. This beer is one of the sourest sours I've had to date. Light on the cherries and wine, but heavy on the balsamic vinegar sour with a heavy dose of acidity, funk & wood. Mouthfeel is almost perfect on this one. It dances on the tongue. Overall I probably wouldn't buy another one of these but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of weonfire
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Brew33
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of jbertsch
3.27/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

While this beer has a pleasant tartness and enjoyable cherry notes, it's ultimately one note. Its a tart, sour cherry beer with no underlying complexities, no body, and little soul. It grows tiresome quickly. Some underlying funk would do this beer wonders. Bes to be paired with food rather than drank alone.

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Photo of BcOneSeven
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wow! Sooooouuuurrrrr!!!!?? I'm not sure how I feel!

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Photo of Gasc0igne
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ssippisam
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArrogantB
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle purchased for $10.99 which was a little pricey for a brewery I'm not familiar with. Light orange color, no head really. Aroma is the mildest hint of strawberries, nothing like an oudbeitje, touch of malt and and brett. Flavor was easily identified as a wild ale but the strawberries just were not there for me. Overall it felt overpriced for the quality and not much better than the farmer's reserve blackberry.

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Photo of cducap
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bnelson997
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BobbysLiquors
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of brians52
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PretzelCity
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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Dogpatch Sour from Almanac Beer Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,120 ratings.
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