Blueberries Feel Pain
Off Color Brewing

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Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #537
Ranked #9,769
4.07 | pDev: 7.13%
Jun 27, 2021
Jul 02, 2016
Notes: Wild Ale

Yeast is pretty magical. So imagine carefully harvesting yeast from the delicate skins of blueberries found on a small farm down the road from Virtue Farm. And then using it to create a wild ale. This new seasonal, dubbed Blueberries Feel Pain, was brewed a few days ago and, so far, the yeast is quite happy.
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Rated: 4.34 by Joneski100 from Illinois

Jun 27, 2021
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
No bottling date I can find but 2020 release
Consumed 5/30/20

I don’t get a lot on the nose but it makes up for it when drinking. I LOVE the subtle blueberry and mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation. It’s not too tart too which sometimes I think Off Color wilds can go. One of my favorites of theirs and I’ll always buy one each year.
May 31, 2020
Rated: 4 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

Mar 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A pleasant surprise.
Apprehensive that I spent too much for a Wild (not my favorite style), I made a drink-it-fresh situation worse and held it. Running out of time, I decided to share the fun at a Christmas party. I opened it (with minimal foam) and several of us enjoyed my delay.

Blueberries had less tart and more bubbles than anticipated. A distinct flavor, less tannic and acidic than two earlier reviewers noted; so my wait, actually, worked. Finished dry. Paired well with mostly dry cheeses; cleansed the palate and readied me for the next butter fat flavor.

OA, I much like Off Color and Blueberries did not disappoint; but at that price point, once is enough.
Dec 08, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Davit from California

Oct 14, 2018
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Reviewed by SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed on tap at The Mousetrap. Pours a light purple with a slight, pinkish-purple head that leaves a bit of lace.
Aroma is blueberry, slightly bready with touches of wine and tannins.
Taste is big time blueberry, slightly tart and sweet. A touch astringent with just a bit of funk and spice.
Mouthfeel is medium and a bit dry.
An amazing beer. For me, it was like the essence of blueberry became a beer. Very cool.
Oct 04, 2018
Rated: 3.97 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Apr 29, 2018
Rated: 4.62 by HOLTMAN44 from Illinois

Oct 24, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
i like this for its process intensity and uniqueness more than i like it because it tastes good, if that makes sense, and its not like it doesnt taste good, because it does, but its awesome in how its done, a blueberry wild beer done with yeast isolated from blueberries themselves, which is a cool idea, and something i know mystic back east has done quite a lot of, but i have not seen as much of this sort of thing as i would have expected by now, given the demand for new yeasts and the proliferation of this kind of beer and its popularity. pinkish purple in color, fizzy like a soda but settling quickly from the bottle, sediment at the bottom. amazing label art here too, like all the off color stuff, particularly those in the large format. this has the little mousy guy smashing a blueberry with a hammer! aroma is sour and vinegar forward, but not sharp like in the flanders sense, more tame, but its not the funky floral complexion i expected, and this is rather acidic as they go. the blueberry tastes juicy in here, natural enough, but not a ton of it really for the color, the flavor seems largely fermented out and this is really dry to finish. strong red and white wine notes alike, tannic as heck, gritty almost in feel, but light in body for the abv, which is super well disguised, although i feel it setting in right away. bacterial acidity is a little harsh on the teeth, but the carbonation is awesome and keeps it moving well enough. a really odd beer, the yeast profile is new to me, and its all real unfamiliar as a whole. i think its good, but its not amazing, too acidic to show all its nuance i think, and extremely expensive, which is also annoying, but understandable given the process here. one for the nerds for sure, a learning experience for the drinker as much as the brewer i would think...
Sep 24, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Jul 26, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a semi-burnt red to purple color with a sly lingering little white foamy head that fell off at a steady pace. Not much lace, but somewhat stringy, quaint and sliding. The aroma had some blueberry flesh, light wood/somewhat like oak, light vinous, and some grassy fresh hops. The flavor was vinous semi-soured but balanced with the blueberry fresh sweetness. Light tartness from the blueberry skin to lightly blend with the woodiness. Barely any aftertaste but a sly crisp semi-sweet and tart little finish. The feel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Quaint carbonation and the ABV felt good. Overall, pretty nice sour ale and since I’m a fan of blueberries, that’s another plus for this beer.
Jun 09, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Mar 17, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by jakea from Wisconsin

Mar 13, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by GRG1313 from California

Mar 12, 2017
Rated: 3.95 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Feb 16, 2017
Rated: 4 by rossracing from Illinois

Jan 18, 2017
Rated: 4.12 by REVZEB from Illinois

Jan 08, 2017
Rated: 3.52 by Jhfinn from New York

Dec 31, 2016
Rated: 3.67 by acurtis from New Jersey

Dec 31, 2016
Rated: 4 by Zuidman from Illinois

Dec 29, 2016
Rated: 4.4 by Commandophile from Illinois

Dec 23, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by krome from Illinois

Dec 21, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Dec 21, 2016
Rated: 4.11 by kidzord from Illinois

Dec 20, 2016
Rated: 3.57 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Dec 17, 2016
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Rated by lloydboss from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
enjoyed December 2016
Dec 10, 2016
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Reviewed by megapyro6 from Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a tulip. Pours a clearruby red or garnet with light pink head. The bubbles are coarse and fade quickly. No real lacing, just a light ring of bubbles around the edges.

Aroma is a little funky and tart or almost yogurt-like with some nondescript fruitiness.

Flavor is tart and mildly funky. There's a light acetic character which blends well. Not overly acidic though. The blueberry and jammy frutiness comes out with a bit of warming and time. It's rather subdued but supports the flavor of the beer well.

Well carbonated and a bit prickly on the tongue. Has a decent amount of body for a wild ale. Not thin or tannic or astringent at all.

Overall this is pretty tasty. I'm looking forward to picking up a few more and letting them sit. I think the acidity and brett needs more time to develop. I'm interested in trying this again with more time to sour to make the fruit pop and underlying funk to develop.
Dec 06, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by krl2112 from Illinois

Dec 03, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by emerge077 from Illinois

Nov 26, 2016
Blueberries Feel Pain from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 29 ratings