Sour Flower | Henniker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Henniker Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dry-Hopped with Chinook, Simcoe, and Mosaic

Added by Britt on 04-28-2016

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of HashiitMahdroos
4.99/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a honey orange color with just a film of a little white semi-foamy head. Didn't leave any lace.
The aroma had a nice sunshine-like floral crisp lemon zesty to sly vinous and a brisk orange rind sourness.
The flavor was moderately sour with a nice balance of the tart and bitter coming in to coincide and delegate a sly bitterness to pull down some of that sour. Aftertaste was well blended between "sour," "tart" and "bitter."
The mouthfeel had the expectant "astringency" that I was waiting for by the style with a good sturdy carbonation. ABV felt fine. Finish had a nice pucker harshness to it with a little bitter rind.
Overall, pretty good as an American wild ale that I could come back to.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of IBUBrew
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andnkuhn
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LXMRTN
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can.

I Remember Getting My First Two "sours" Or American Wild Ale's from the BA trade groups back in 2008. My first 2 were none other than the Russian River's Supplication and Beatification. I've always judged the style by those two barsetters. ....9 years later it stands as one of the most popular styles today. I first had Sour Flower at the Henniker Brewery tap room after a very nice your of the brewery by the owner. Sour Flower impressed me very much. Let's see how the can offering review does. ....

Honey, orange and gold color. A very thin, all white foam cap spreads out to only some minimal lace.

The aroma actually reminds me very much of the Supplication I had so many years ago. Extremely tart, metallic, lemmon zest, citrus kick....all from the wild BRETT yeast. The use of wild yeast, really enhances the interest in beer for me with such a unique flavor complexity, a method that has been mastered by the Belgians in their styles for centuries. Unique, funky, tart, astringent, refreshing.....all aspects that make light sours so great.

This one is amazingly refreshing, light, crisp, yet complex with multiple yeast flavors that are also pulled together by some nice balance of Dry-hopped, earthy and fruity flavor's and a very light, crisp malt.

Lemmon zing, earthy dryness, citrus and even sweet fruit tones and really sour! Dry hopped sour. This might just be my "sleeper" beer of choice for summer 2017.

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Photo of Pacodog26
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GregSemenza
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle released in the late Spring 2016. Sampled on August 17, 2016.

Golden yellow pour under a small white foamy head. Busy carbonation.

The aroma brings out a big lemon, lime, and tropical, passion fruit, and overall juicy sensation. Breaded dough and cracker underneath. Nothing that would make me think sour or tart.

Light body.

The taste is a short flirtation with bread and crackers and then the same exquisitely lemon-lime juicy notes kick in as does the sour character. Ends fruity.

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Photo of beertunes
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Smanson56 for this one from his recent LIF box. 22oz bottle pored into 10oz goblet. Poured a very lightly hazy medium gold color with about 1/3 inch of white head that quickly dissipated to a ring, and offered light lacing.

A gentle tartness is at the front of the nose, with just a hint of some earthy hops in the back. On the tongue, that tartness is a lot brighter, the base grains show through a bit, and the hops are a bit more noticeable, although still subdued.

The body was just on the side side of medium, which was perfect for this beer, was nice and crisp across the tongue, and had a dry finish, with lingering tartness. Drinkability was very good, my bottle is disappearing quickly. Too quickly perhaps. Overall, a pretty nice brew. One that if it were local to me, would be a summer staple. i certainly wouldn't mind having a couple more bottles.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/16/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, esters, light caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a big burst of sourness from wild Belgian yeast and some citrus. The malt character is thin and there are touches of citrus and hops in the background. The after-taste is sour.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of 2ellas
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jhavs
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gatch
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatGreer
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnnniee
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by someone tonight, thanks.
Slightly hazy dark golden color. Fruity tart with a solid puckering involved. Light grassy fruity hops are barely evident over the lactic tartness. Not bad.

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Photo of smanson56
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sour Flower from Henniker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 20 ratings