Sour Golden Ale
Backacre Beermakers

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Backacre Beermakers
Colorado, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #60
Ranked #668
4.38 | pDev: 7.53%
Mar 11, 2023
Feb 25, 2013
Sour Golden AleSour Golden Ale
Notes: This sour golden ale is fermented entirely in oak by a multitude of microorganisms. Barrels of multiple ages are blended for balance, then 100% bottle conditioned to high carbonation. Blends generally have an average barrel age of 18 months, plus 6 months conditioning in the bottle. ABV varies by vintage but is roughly 7.5%.

Blend Dates Distributed Alcohol by Volume Lot Code
1 July 2012 - July 2013 8.5% none
2 August 2013 - March 2014 7.2% none
3 April 2014 - September 2014 7.1% none
4 October 2014 - February 2015 7.6% none
5 March 2015 - July 2015 7.7% none
6 August 2015 - February 2015 7.3% none
7 March 2015 - September 2016 7.3% BL07
8 October 2016 - present 7.2% BL08
9 April 2017 - October 2017 7.2% BL09 Weston, VT
10 November 2017 - March 2018 7.0% BL10 Weston, VT
11 April 2018 - October 2018 7.0% BL11 Weston, VT
12 November 2018 - February 2020 7.0% BL12 Weston, VT
13 March 2020 - July 2021 6.8% BL13 Weston, VT
14 July 2021 - present 7.0% BL14 Weston, VT
15 February 2022 - present. 7.0% BL15 Denver, CO
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Rated: 4.08 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Mar 11, 2023
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very long time want of mine. Didn't get it while it was still being produced in VT, but was surprised to see a small drop in the Boston area that was brewed at their new Denver location. Appearance is classic golden ale, little haze to speak of and a relatively small white head that doesn't last too long. The aromas and flavors are very similar to the high quality ciders that are produced by, say, Eden or Fable: bright apple-y character (in this case brought on by the yeast esters), a cleanly light tartness, and almost no residual sweetness. Good amount of effervescence. The $30/750ml price I paid is the absolute upper limit of what I'd be willing to pay for this, but it is worth it

Dec 01, 2022
Rated: 5 by UngerWoo from Vermont

Aug 22, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Cloudy golden pour with a white collar. Classic sour golden ale yeast and funk, with light tangerine, white grape, and lemon in nose. Fantastic taste too, sour and acidic citrus but not overly so given the strong yeast and funk, has a hint of earthy spice, lemon, and pear. Feel is yeasty and airy with good funk and must, oak backbone is bright, sourness if refined, beautiful. A throw back golden ale that hits all the right notes.
Jun 02, 2022
Rated: 4.47 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Mar 10, 2022
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Reviewed by hops_for_thought from New York

4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a bottle (blend 13) into a applewine glass

L: pours a highly carbonated (but not a gusher) clear darker golden yellow (srm ~3) with a thick and loud white head that fades after a couple minutes. Tight, quick, and consistent visible carbonation. Basically no head left

S: this is a beautiful, balanced, and light lambic-style nose. Great notes of peach, white grape, light lemon with an undercurrent of barnyard funk and some slight cheesy aged hops character. Oak and earthiness adds great complexity and depth to what's at first a very light aroma. Funk builds as it's warmed in the glass in a solid, balanced way. Slight hay, under-baked bread, uric acid, over-steeped tea

T: jeez, this is just excellent. Follows the nose extremely well, with this fresh pressed apple cider / white grape juice flavor that builds wonderfully in complexity and depth. Those fruit notes from the nose (peach, white grape, tease of lemon) all come through, giving way to those earthier/funkier lambic notes in the middle. Fruit and funk mixes well through the long finish, great acidity throughout. More of that funk as it's warmed, beer evolves nicely in the glass

F: medium- body, medium+/high- carbonation. Very light and effervescent, refreshing, drinkable

O: I am madly in love with this beer. It delivers such light, beautiful fruit character with balanced funk and wonderful acidity. Champagne-esque with some funk
Jun 03, 2021
Rated: 4.3 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Aug 28, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by paresis from Massachusetts

Jun 24, 2020
Rated: 4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania

May 14, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Mar 13, 2020
Rated: 3.89 by Mikexw from New York

Feb 28, 2020
Rated: 4.63 by edthehead from Maryland

Oct 20, 2019
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Reviewed by brother_rebus from Maine

4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
B12 bottle cracked 9/6/19 in a snifter:

Deep ureic clear golden with some bubbles rising.

Complex and peculiar smell. Sone spice. Some earth. Tart. Dander. Oak.

Very oak. Tart n sour but more citrus than acetic. Lightest hop hint.

Feels great. Fizzy entry on the tongue. Pretty full body. Nice and smooth withiut a hint of 7-8%. Pale and subdued carb off the back.

Overall very impressive and balanced beer. Will try 2nd bottle in a year or so.
Sep 07, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 08, 2019
Rated: 4.42 by Vivs85 from New York

Jul 07, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Griffith from Connecticut

Apr 24, 2019
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Reviewed by TheGent from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Backacre Sour Golden Ale

Look: Translucent, crystal clear golden straw color. This beer looks like apple juice. Some bubbles streaming toward the top. A foamy bone white head falls as quickly as it rises, leaving zero head and lacing.

Smell: Granny Smith apple, less apple cider, and even less apple cider vinegar. I don’t want to give the impression that this beer is anywhere close to being overly acetic. But there are hints of that profile. Peach, apricot, pear, lemon juice. Herbal notes including lemon grass, bay leaf. A slight must. Mostly fruity, some floral notes and some earth.

Taste: This beer is acidic. At first I thought it was dry, but as I drink it more it seems less dry to me. Apple cider, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, lemon juice, Granny Smith apple skin, white peach, purple/tart blueberry, white grape, grapefruit juice and pith.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation but bubbly enough.

Overall: This is a very nice beer. As far as barrel aged golden sour ales go, its got more of an apple cider aspect to it then I’m used to. I like that flavor, and it makes the beer stand out. Is it the most complex beer in this style I’ve had? No, if that’s what your looking for. When I say cider I’m thinking along the lines of something like Domaine Dupont. It’s fruity, floral and somewhat earthy.
Mar 11, 2019
Rated: 4.86 by Vicirus from Massachusetts

Feb 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
batch 12

wonderful funky and earthy aromas, oak.

palate is similar with a funky fruit characteristic throughout, wonderful level of acidity, medium+ but not overbearing. oak and vanilla complimenting the tart lemon and underripe peach notes, musty apricot skin and a pleasant grain character throughout. wonderfully balanced, enjoyed this a lot, especially as it warmed and opened up with even more complexity.
Jan 27, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

Dec 15, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by Samact from Vermont

Nov 17, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by Hendry from Vermont

Nov 05, 2018
Rated: 4.42 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Jul 30, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona

May 05, 2018
Rated: 5 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts

Feb 26, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by fosters9 from New York

Feb 05, 2018
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a slightly opaque light yellow, with a small head, and only a little bit of lacing- it looks pretty lightly carbonated.

This has a great stone fruit wild funk to it, with sweet tarts, lemon rind, and grassy funk.

It's crazy that this beer isn't fruited, because there's such a distinct stone fruit character to this. There's a hint of oak, with some white wine and grape character, but the dominant character is definitively fuzzy peach and sweet apricot.

This is pretty lightly carbonated, giving this a very soft and velvet feel. There's a pretty high level of drinkability, due to the lack of a lingering sourness on the palate.

There aren't many breweries out there that only make one beer. But when that one beer is as good as this one, I guess you can get away with it.
Dec 04, 2017
Rated: 4.44 by swanfungus from California

Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 4.6 by xtonytx from Connecticut

Nov 26, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by sachie23 from New York

Nov 17, 2017
Rated: 4.48 by dleiner from New York

Nov 11, 2017
Rated: 4 by Lucoli from New York

Nov 09, 2017
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Reviewed by JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Got this on a tip from a bottle shop owner in Vermont. Man what a score! It’s is one of the better sours I’ve had. Absolutely delicious. Have 2 more aging in my closet. Going to hold out for next summer if I can!
Oct 29, 2017
Rated: 4.68 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Oct 22, 2017
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Sample from the bottle at Beer Meets Wood.
Hazy golden color with a decent bubbly white head.
Earthy light funk with plenty of tart fruits to counter. Clean well crafted stateside "gueuze" Completely impressed with this offering, I went back for seconds.
Sep 30, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by beantownsour93 from Massachusetts

Sep 28, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Sep 25, 2017
Rated: 4 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Aug 06, 2017
Rated: 4.45 by jheimbigner from Washington

Aug 06, 2017
Rated: 4 by halo913 from Connecticut

Jul 27, 2017
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