Pulling Nails Blend #1
Side Project Brewing

Pulling Nails Blend #1Pulling Nails Blend #1
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Wild Ale
4.45 | pDev: 7.64%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Pulling Nails Blend #1Pulling Nails Blend #1
Notes: Pulling Nails is an ongoing experiment in the art of blending to create sour and wild ales of extraordinary depth, complexity and balance. Blend #1 is the union of four different beers that were fermented in and aged in wine barrels for six months to two years.
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.92/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sheldon for pulling out all the stops and always bringing some Side Project bottle to every March Madness, I would have never tried these had he not.

Pours a yellow with deeper citrus like colors and a nice head, white formation, that is 2/3". Aroma was tart lemons, apple grove sourness. Taste had that white wine barrel and brett funk thing going along with that acidity and sourness. Pretty good carbonation and mouthfeel on it.

While I enjoyed the beer, I thought it was similar to Upland in its acidity and sour terms, but because of who knows why, limited bottle numbers, it seems to get a pass in the neckbeard community. I mean, its a good beer, but its far from perfect or the inflated scores I often see in here otherwise for such a beer. Good yes, great no.

Sep 06, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud

Nice foamy fizzy bubbly 1 finger head fades at a med pace, decent lacing, honey copper with amber rose hue

Nose mild funk, little sour perhaps bacteria funk, Brett sour funk, big fruity, generic fruit with a little berry and apple tree fruit, a little musty grape, jammy fruit musty funk, little wine barrel vinous and oak.

Taste brings little acidity, bacteria sour funk, little Brett funk, tangy fruits, into musty vinous grape skin and wine barrel, little oak notes, genetic sour fruit, little sour apple pear like, nice funky sour blond in general. Finish is sour funk, tangy acidic little flemmy, little fruity tree fruit.

Mouth is med bod, little tangy nice acidity, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice, good sour beer, decent fruit, nice acidity and carb, tasty.

Jul 30, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade a long time ago, batch 1, shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nude crystal clear honey copper hue hue with a one finger head that fades to leave a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of very nice funk, light wine barrels. There is a little apple note, very faint pear like aroma along with some light almost grape musk.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, fair amount of tartness, nice brett funk, good almost generic fruit, fair amount of tart apple.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, good tartness.

O - Overall this was a solid beer with nice funk and tartness. Rather solid with good tartness.

Serving Type: bottle

Jun 25, 2016
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This has the perfect wild ale tanginess but with superior drinkability. The flavors are oranges, tangerines, light Apple and pear with an earthy mineral tone.

Jun 05, 2015
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 4/2015. Served chilled. The Flanders pops on the nose. Slight tint of red to an otherwise blonde/light orange body. Carbed well. Just hints of the metallic/iron notes you can get from Flanders Red. Mostly lemon juice and hay. The taste leads with a bright pop of tartness and follows with a familiar Flanders malt. The sweetness is only there as a mild counterbalance. The finish is slightly funky with hay notes, similar to a Lambic or other spontaneous fermentation. At near room temperature, the Flanders notes are very subdued. It now drinks like a cross between a slightly aged Lambic and a tart sour. It has just enough malt/flavor/balance to steer clear of puckering acidity. Really a complex beer that changes throughout the drinking process.

Apr 23, 2015
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kevanb from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, Batch #1, poured into a Side Project oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 3.7.15, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a light amber color, garnet and ruby hues, hazy and cloudy with a nice finger of off white head, solid retention that leaves nice spotted lace behind. The aroma is pleasant, tart cherries, red wine oak, sweet grape, musty yeast that has some nice underlying fruitiness, apple cider vinegar with some aged hops. The flavors definitely resemble the enticing aromas, plenty of tart and dark cherries, stone fruits, definitely getting a strong Flanders Red influence off the bat, red wine acidity, chewy oak, funky yeast, light berries, definitely some vinegar with some hop spice, a little earthy and bitter, but this is quite a sour beer, much more so than the nose suggested, but the complexity is welcomed and despite the pH balance, isn't lost. The mouthfeel is very lively, lots of carbonation, thinner to medium body, fairly coating, very crisp and dry with a puckery finish.

Verdict: This was a very nice blend from Side Project, though very sour and acetic, which I am beginning to discover, is the usual. The complexity and unique blend of fruit and hops was pleasant and definitely showcased the wide variety of beers that were used in the blend as well the different aging periods. A nice showcase in what a blend can be.

Mar 18, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.8/5  rDev -14.6%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. Medium white head.

Smell - Musty brett. White wine. Some toasty malt.

Taste - White wine is stronger here. Buttery and a bit of vinegar up front. Brett is strong, too. Toasty malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate sourness.

Overall - Good, but doesn't blow me away like I expected from the reviews.

Sep 09, 2014
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jbwimer from Kansas

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle received in a trade with Dan. Thanks, buddy. Opened at a share a few weeks ago. Final getting around to reviewing via notes.

A-Murky gold with some spotty lacing. Half finger of white head fades to a ring of carbonation constantly fed through the drinking experience.

S- Lemony sourness. There's hint of some lacto on this, but it compliments the beer well. Also, some grapey, white wine characteristics are to be found lending a crispness to the aroma.

T- Big punch of sour. Some lemony citrus mid-palate, then a wood finish mixed some lingering tartness. This beer almost tastes like Sweet Tarts. I love sweet tarts. Man, this is a relentlessly sour beer, as the sourness refuses to leave the palate.

M- Medium carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. I believe the minimal lacto character adds the slightest bit of creaminess to the mouthfeel, but not enough to make it offensive.

I have yet to have a beer from Side Project that disappoints. However, of the beers I've had from them, this one has not been my favorite. I think I prefer the beers that were blended to make this beer on their own, rather than in this conction. Still an enjoyable beer!

Aug 13, 2014
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drmcleod10 from Missouri

4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle opened and poured for onsite consumption at Perennial. Poured into a wine stemmed glass and shared with Mike. Had this along side Saison Du Blé and Barrel Aged Abraxas Base stout.

A - Reddish amber that pours a little murky but as it sits int he glass it clears up wonderfully. Small white foam head that dissipates quickly back into the glass

S - This comes off with an Acidic, tart smell with cherries and assorted berries. You can definitely smell the funk coming through this with the addition of Lacto and Brett. There is a slight hint of apples on the nose as well

T - Taste follows the nose here with a bright upfront acidic bite followed by the notes of berries, apple, and some noticeable oak and wine character coming through

M - Acidic mouthfeel that is light and crisp. This goes down easy

O - Overall, this is another homer from Side Project. So glad that I live within 30 miles of Perennial, it is always a treat when from the cellar is on!


This has improved even more-so with age. Bottle popped and split 3 ways on Side Project Cellar opening day.

This has soured up and become more acidic, yet also more balanced. You can really pick out the flavors from the blend. The flanders is present, the buttery notes form du fermier, the wine barrels from different ages blended together.

It has developed just as nicely as Le Saisonnier, while giving the slight nod to this they are both amazing beers at this point in time

Jul 24, 2014
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anteater from Oregon

4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A: Reddish amber, slightly hazy, visible carb

S: Oak, funk, cherries, citrus

T: Very sour and very clean taste, lots of bright lemon, a mix between cherry and wine fruitiness, oak and a complex funk. This reminds me of a spontaneous golden ale gone amber. Absolutely delicious!

M: Full body, good carb but slightly sticky mouthfeel

O: I was pretty blown away by this beer. It achieved a great complex funk and well integrated flavors.

Jul 24, 2014
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy amber with orange and reddish hues. A thin white head retains well and leaves a good bit of lacing.

S- Loads of lacto and brett funk! Slightly cheesy, gueuze-like, with a lot of barrel character. Hints of overripe berries and fruits, particularly apricots. Some green apple tartness. So different, but so nice!

T- The flavor is very similar to the aroma. A bit less funky, but still lots of funk. A ton of the gueuze-like barrel character. Overripe apricots and berries. A light to moderate sourness. Very pleasant.

M- Medium mouth feel with a smooth velvety feel. Light acidity, and somewhat dry from the barrel. Light carbonation.

O- I really enjoyed this beer! It keeps pushing the boundaries like Side Project has been doing from the get go! Highly recommended!

Jun 04, 2014
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 3.1.14
Blend 1

A - Pours a cloudy light brown-amber with a fine yellow-tan head that fades fairly fast.

S - Funky, oak, wine barrel, a little bit of apple and pear.

T - Tart apple, pear, oak, wine, very funky.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Fruity-wine and tart. A very solid Wild. SP keeps the hits coming.

Apr 30, 2014
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MarcWP from Arizona

4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into Side Project wine glass.

Pours a dark amber with blood orange and copper highlights. Two finger off white head that leaves nice lacing. Frothy layer rests on top after head subsides.

The aroma speaks of barrels and sourness. Gorgeous white wine dazzle, young and fruity Pinot Noir, cherries buy the boatloads, definite Flemish red characteristics, and a musky/farmhouse note only found in lambics and other great American sours. But that's not all, you also get that brett yeast component found in barrel aged Saisons, lactic citrus pucker, overtones of raspberry and strawberry, oak, and a powerful floral note much like you would encounter in a flower ship or springtime field of daisies.

On the palate you get a mini acid bomb. Thankfully not overly sour or lactic. Drinks like a 3 year old Cantillon, still subdued pucker but certainly picking up corrosion capabilities. Plenty of funk, cherry and berry fruits in general, lemon, lime, oak tannins, tart apple, green pear, and ever so light sweet bread malt. Very drinkable wild ale.

Mouthfeel is light with just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue and clean the palate. Tart and dry finish.

The verdict on Pulling Nails? It's a fantastic wild ale and blend of beers. You can expect plenty of sourness, funk, fruity flavors, wine barrel presence, subtle saison characteristics, and overall just finely integrated flavors. A unique offering, and more proof the Side Project is doing great things.

Apr 08, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is deep amber, almost copper in color, fairly hazy with a mostly tight light tan head and some medium size bubbles on top. Nose has quite a bit of mineral, light salt, notes of citrus and some tangerine. Taste has a lot of mineral, tangerine and hints of citrus mid palate, faint oak, salt kicks in with more lingering mineral and notes of the tangy yeast they use. Finish is slightly acidic with a touch of citrus. Body is lighter, carb is a touch stingy, quite dry.

Mar 29, 2014
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a very hazy and deep gold in color. The head that forms is pretty big, as the beer was fairly active coming out of the bottle. Retention and lacing are both really awesome. The color of this beer is really unique, as it is hazy and really changes tones depending on the light, from dull copper to brilliant orange.

S- Starts off slightly to moderately tart then transforms from there. The acidic and slightly fruity tartness changes to a sort of musty and yeasty scent towards the middle and end of the drink. Really starts to smell like Saison de Rouge towards the end with more of a saison and hops scent presence. Hops are not strong or bitter, but more spicy and contributes to the musty scent a little.

T- Starts off with a moderate dose of sour flavor right up front. Tartness is more similar to lambic than a tart saison in nature, being more citrus-like and acidic. Moves on toward a more traditional saison flavor of grain and yeast from the tartness, although the tartness is always in the background of this beer. Musty with some grain and the underlying tartness in the middle of the drink. The end of the drink is more spicy with a slight hint of hops bitterness. Lingering tartness is left on the tongue.

M- Highly carbonated and pretty slick on the palate. Not too heavy considering the amount of grain in this one. Tartness slows the drinking down a little, but the deliciousness keeps you coming back for more.

Overall, Cory once again made a tremendous beer. I wish I had another one to see where this one goes over time. Incredibly complex and delicious on the whole!

Mar 21, 2014
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hooliganlife from Missouri

4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured into SP stemmed tulip, 45 degrees

pours a reddish brown, little to no head. a quick fizz then nadda

nose is nice, tart sour fruit. light cherry and green apple. lots of berry. light oak.

i usually same similar to nose but not the case today. the flanders part really is stand out. however, it is lighter giving way to over characteristics. the dominating fruit would be cherry all the way. lots of nice cherry flavor with hints of berry. sounds like the smell but oddly enough, its different. some faint oak.

pretty vibrant carbonation giving way to the flavors as they pop out.

overall, awesome sauce. i loved it and i love the pull tab for easy wax removal. and the name is fucking metal \m/ !!!

PULLING NAILS, onslaughting your mouth, mouth mosh.

Feb 09, 2014
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JoEBoBpr from Missouri

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Side Project long stemmed tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a a hazy and slightly muddled dark orange with some nice copper hues. Some mild yet bright pinkish hues can also be perceived. There is a nice quarter inch head that forms that is pretty dense and slightly off-white. The head recedes pretty quickly though down to a nice thick ring around the glass. (4.5)

Aroma is pretty yummy and enticing. Starts off with some vinous and berry like tartness. Notes of mild raspberry mixed in with some nice slightly tart white wine acidity. There is some nice earthy, rustic and funky grain notes in the nose as well. Notes of fresh cut hay as well as some funky and musty barnyard notes. The rustic grain s very complimentary to each aspect of the brew to include the mild tartness and the wood notes. (4.5)

Flavor follows the nose quite well. Starts off with slight citric (lemony) tartness with some notes of balsamic vinaigrette. The tartness is quite mild and approachable. The tartness has some notes of berries especially in the finish. The grain notes are exquisite. Notes of fresh cut hay, bread and earthy malty grain say present throughout the middle and end of this brew. The finish is very dry with tart berry notes and a delicious lingering midl tartness. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side similar to a nice fresh saison but the flavors are complex and the mouthfeel goes well with the complex and rich flavors.

Another wonderful brew. Takes Saison to another level by blending a couple of Saisons with some other "wild" beers. Such great grain notes in the brew with great berry and citric tartness.

Feb 04, 2014
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the release, a blend of 4 different beers (ranging from 3-25 months aging)
The beer pours a cloudy coppery amber, with little sediment, and a tightly packed, white head that shows mild lacing before fading. The nose is tart with notes of vinous raspberries, oak, and definitely some funk, but no component of this beer's aroma seems overpowering. The taste is surprisingly bright and fruity, with tart berries upfront rounded out by the oak aging and malt backbone. I'd say this beer has a medium body with its big, rich flavors and modest alcohol, but it finishes lighter than expected, with a lingering, dry fruitiness. Each of the four beers blended stretch the palate on their own, but together they seem to work quite well. I'm very interested to see how this beer will evolve over time.

Feb 01, 2014
Pulling Nails Blend #1 from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 224 ratings