Pear Bear
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #73
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #652
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 8.24%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
302
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Notes: American wild ale brewed with pears.
Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 302 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/25/15; drank 10/10/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Opaque light yellow appearance.

Minimal white head; minimal lace.

Tart pear notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pear & lemon flavors up front; a tart (but not punishing) finish

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Jul 11, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the tart end of many sours and I love it! The peach is unique for me. But it’s not the only flavor happening. It’s still a complex beer with good carbonation on my tongue that lasts. I will always get this when I see it. Don’t pass on it even though it can be expensive.

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5toutman75 from Illinois, Mar 25, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Burnt orange clear pour with no head at all. Sour candied pear fills the nose, with some wood tannins, sour yeast, sweeter funk and acidic lemon. Taste is whimsical, with sour candied pear leading the slight wood, lemon, lime, a dash of salt, and big gummy bear flavors. Feel has decent malt profile for a sour, so very smooth, puckering sour and cumulative sweet acidity. Fun sour dessert beer

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REVZEB from Illinois, Feb 22, 2019
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4.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sour notes immediately after opening the bottle and pouring. Huge pear notes upon first taste which remain as an after taste. A great sour by Three Floyd’s!

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amsett10 from Indiana, Jan 25, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy dark golden hue with a thick one finger head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Big aromas of pear gummy candies, pear nice, tart, almost saison like. Good light funk going on.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of sweeter malts. Nice juicy pears, really nice tartness.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, not really flemmy. Quite pleasant.

O - Overall this was a solid wild with really pleasant fruit notes.

Serving Type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Dec 22, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud
Light fizzy head, almost no retention, little lacing, hazy orange golden color

Nose sour funk, tart little flemmy funky, acidic, stone fruit, mild vanilla cookie malt, loads of pear and fruity gummy

Taste More funky sour, tart and quite acidic, big juicy pear, pear skin and flesh, tree fruit notes, tangy mild acidic, touch phenolic solventy on the finish, but dry

Mouth is med bod, fair acidity, decent fizzy carb

Overall pretty nice, other than the solventy phenolic, actually so solventy I can't drink it

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Dec 22, 2018
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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold-amber with a short white blanket that settles to a thin creamy collar and a persistently bubbly central surface.

Smell is cracker, pear, white raspberry, and blue cheese.

Taste is that good ole classic FFF sour, but I don't think it's overboard and damn have I had some powerfully sour beers. This straddles the line but not too closely, bringing flavors of tart pear and green apple with toasted cracker and a surprisingly distinct character of blue cheese which I would never expect from FFF's mostly cleaner, one-dimensional portfolio of sours. It's also brightly floral at times.

Feel is moderate with a crisp effervescence and a perfectly semi-dry finish. They absolutely nailed this 2018 redux, nothing wrong with it at all.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Dec 02, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a billowy two finger head; a few shards stick to the teku

Smell: Funky, leathery and acetic tartness; the fruit is hard to identify as being pear, specifically

Taste: Bread and fruit forward, with the pear and green apple making a sweet entrance for a moment, on the tip of the tongue; it doesn't take long for the acetic sourness to wallop the tastebuds, though there is a lactic hint, after the swallow; very puckery, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a tongue tingler

Overall: I suspect this beer may have had more fruit when younger, judging by some of the older reviews; while I would prefer the fruit to be more intense, this is still a good sour, and I mean sour

Thanks, darktronica, for the opportunity

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Apr 14, 2017
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3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: clear yellow, minimal head. 4.0

Smell: light vinegar, bit of earthiness, fruit. 4.0

Taste: also a hint of earthiness and some vinegar. I think I'm getting pear also, but it's so overpoweringly tart that it's difficult to tell. It's kind of like lemon juice. 3.5

Mouthfeel: light and refreshing on the tongue. 3.75

Overall: I respect what they're doing with this beer, and it has a great smell and interesting flavors, but the overwhelming tartness makes it difficult to drink. 3.75

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ccg from District of Columbia, Jun 24, 2016
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4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light orange hue with a thin foam head
S: Pear, Apple with a hint of funk
T: Sour Apple with pear an underlying hint of plum
MF: a little pucker and fruits clean flavors. No hint of alcohol.
O: this is a tremendous pear sour. Puckeringly sour and complex.

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SammyJaxxxx from New Jersey, Jun 24, 2016
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4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer shows that Three Floyd's sour program has some incredible potential. This is by far the best sour beer that I have had from these guys. The flavors of this beer are nicely complex and include white melon and briny fruit tones. The mouth feel as long and wonderful and the finish is nicely dry. I would definitely seek this beer out again.

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SPLITGRIN from Kentucky, Apr 16, 2016
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3.7/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

maybe this isn't a fair rating, in that i'm not huge into sours... look and smell had me interested, and i've had 2 other FFF sours that i really enjoyed. this one was just too much. enamel removing tartness. i could pick up the pear and white grape flavors, but couldn't get through the 1/2 bottle pour of it. maybe my palette just isn't ready...

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SoxFan from Indiana, Mar 13, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours golden yellow, a little cloudy, no head or lacing. Smell is sour, tart, some funk, yeast, pears, some lemon, a little white grape. Taste pretty much lines up with the nose-sour, tart, not as funky as the nose, pears, more lemon than the nose, white grapes, a little apple. Smooth, good body.

The pears are definitely noticeable, which is pretty different. Good amount of sourness and tartness, enjoyable to drink. Good beer, but overall, nothing outstanding.

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stortore from Illinois, Feb 18, 2016
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4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a yellow star color with visible carbonation and a bubbly white head.

Smell - The nose is a very acidic sour.

Taste - My first impression is the tartness of this sour. I detect notes of pear, green apples, and pixie sticks. The wheat notes lay a nice backbone. The tartness lingers before a clean finish.

Mouthfeel - I enjoyed the mustiness that clings to the wheat and sour notes.

Overall - This probably the best sour by Three Floyds.

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4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Clear medium golden color with thick white head that fades slowly. Sour apple n pear aroma. Very tart taste, like a sour apple jolly rancher, hangs on the tongue way after the sip. Medium crisp mouthfeel. This was different, good in small doses.

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NolaHopHead from Louisiana, Jan 18, 2016
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4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Loved this beer. Was a crazy good surprise! Tastes of pear with that great wildness that cut the sweet taste so well. Was very balanced for being a pear beer. Great job brewers!

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Photo of bound4er
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Figured I'd give this a whirl since the weather is very spring-like for mid December.

Pours to a semi cloudy, light straw appearance with a very thin white head. Smells funky with pear, lemon, lactic acid and earth. Taste is nothing but soured goodness with more lemon, some pear and sour apple. Mouthfeel is light with lively carbonation. This is my first entry into a FFF sour and I must say I am very impressed. Price is a bit steep but well worth it in my humble opinion.

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bound4er from Wisconsin, Dec 13, 2015
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4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best aroma of any beer I have had this year - pure pear candy. Delights the senses before the first sip. You can seriously smell this from 5 yards away. Looks vibrant and hints at the sour puckering that is to come. This is a sour that people who don't usually enjoy sours will like a lot. Juicy with a dry finish and vinegary, salad dressing notes.

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Barnoloid from Illinois, Dec 06, 2015
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4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really fun ale - the over-the-top gummy bear nose made me remember being a kid in an odd way, and the taste and mouthfeel were puckering, but in a nice way - again, like eating sour candy as a kid. Really intense pear aroma, nice yellow translucent color, and balanced but fairly aggressive kettle sour flavor. Good drinking - would pair nicely with sharp white cheese (irish cheddar?).

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4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 22 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Gold Coast. Love this sour beer. Nose is all pear and lacto. Tastes like candied pears with tart granny smith apples, hints of melon, and handful of sour patch kids. Fairly intense sourness but plenty of sweet pear juiciness to balance it out. Glad I bought 3!

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thirsty4beer from New York, Nov 29, 2015
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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger of white head that went away almost immediately.

Aroma reminds me of sour candy. There is a nice sweet/sour thing going on. Get vibrant pear (like pear juice), green apple, apple cider vinegar, lactic acid, and slight funk. Reminds me of pear and green apple sweet tarts or sour punch kids.

Taste follows the aroma quite well. There is some strong tartness up front. Get pear and green apple sour candy, slight funk, cider vinegar, and lactic acid. There's a nice balance of pear juice sweetness mid-palate, but the enamel-peeling tartness of cider vinegar, lemon, and lactic acid washes this away into the finish. Like other FFF sours, the sourness on this one is intense.

Medium body. Nicely carbonated and clean.

This is a nice sour offering from a brewery that sometimes struggles with this style. Although this is intensely sour, the sweetness of the pear juice keeps this beer in check and makes it highly enjoyable. I've never had a sour so reminiscent of sour candy. Great stuff!

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brewskis from Indiana, Nov 29, 2015
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4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As an incredible display of fruit and sour plays out over the tongue, the Three Floyds brewers show that they are much more than just world class hoppy beer makers. And that they can compete quite favorably in the sour ale area just as well.

Pear Bear pours with the same visual consistency, color, haze and hue of straight up fruit juicy, specifically that of fresh-squeezed orange juice. Even with the loose and foamy cap of white froth, the appearance of juice is easily sold. And those comparisons continue across the nose where overt pear fruit command immediate attention, but does so with a backdrop of lemon, cider, white wine and citrus.

While the early palate is sweet, savory and succulent with fresh and vibrant pear juiciness, the middle unfolds with intensifying sourness and relaxed sweetness. As its sweet fructose and light breads dissolve, a confectioner's delight transpires to take the senses to warhead and sweetheart candy. But the eventual taste lands at absolute jaw-tightening and mouth-puckering sourness seemingly laced with dry chardonnay, dry cider, white wine vinegar and lime juice.

Medium-light for sour ale, the beer retains much of its unique "pear-ness" that's often lost on drier, crisper and more sourer versions. The mild residual starch and sweetness supports the fruit and balances the sourness just enough to promote palatability, drinkability and a whimsy of savoriness even late. A quick aftertaste of wheat and fruit play gently and lightly on the finish.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Nov 27, 2015
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1.23/5  rDev -71.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Just so bad.

I like sour beer. Like candy. Don't want both at the same time and so sour!
Looks good. Clear and fizzy head. Promises good.

Smells so bad. So much fake candy smell.
Taste is the same. Different because of so much added acids. But like cheap sour candy. This should is like wine coolers but so sour.
This is not natural. This is no good.

So bad. So bad.

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PZBREW from Oregon, Nov 26, 2015
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4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, served in a wine glass.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange hued colour, one finger white head, good retention, drops into pretty much nothing. No lacing. As soon as I started pouring, I could smell pear and acid. Boy, this smells strongly lactic, but in a good way. Pears are there; I thought it would be more subtle but it isn't. There is also a slight sugariness to the nose as well as green apples; it reminds me of the Green Apple-flavoured Sour Punch candy, no joke. Not too oaky or funky, mostly just sour. But it smells great. Flavour is strongly acidic, mostly lactic with some citric in there; a bit of lemon and green apples, fair amount of pear, minimal oak and funk, mild pale malt sweetness. It's an enamel melting beer, and it's great. Zero off flavours. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not too heavy, good carbonation, somehow super easy for me to drink and quite enjoyable at that too. Overall, this was a very tasty American wild with a nice spin on the fruited sour paradigm. It's very sour and I enjoyed that, but it might not be for people who aren't used to having their enamel melted off.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Nov 22, 2015
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4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden straw color bubbling intensity similar to a champagne very little head visible after settling.

Smells like a jolly rancher sat in my bottle for 2 years

Taste is Uber sour but sweet on the tip of the tongue.

Pears on parade with some acid and apples riding the coattails

The feel is superb mouth watering need for more.

Like this one a bunch $18 is no joke but worth the experience.

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