Pulling Nails Blend #2
Side Project Brewing

Pulling Nails Blend #2Pulling Nails Blend #2
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Wild Ale
4.61 | pDev: 7.16%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Pulling Nails Blend #2Pulling Nails Blend #2
Notes: Blend of: Missouri Wild Ale Fermented & Aged in French Oak barrels for 12 months + Spontaneous Coolship Blonde Fermented & Aged in American Oak barrels for 18 months + Spontaneous Coolship Blonde Fermented& Aged in French Oak barrels for 30 Months + 11-Month-Old Foedre Beer + Saison du Fermier.
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

draft pour at the SP Cellar 5th anniversary. pours a hazy orange with good amounts of fluffy white head. smells of oak, funk, musty barn aromas. almost has fruit aromas too. green apples or pears. taste is a great sour funky white wine flavor with a slightly fruity aftertaste. mouthfeel is full. really dry but also quite refreshing. really glad to try this. no idea how it was fresh but it’s wonderful now.

Nov 09, 2019
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swid from Missouri

4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at the Side Project 5th Anniversary event.

Still nicely carbonated, brett and rock candy notes on the aroma, finishes with a lambic-like mineral complexity.

Nov 09, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So complex and fruity. Extremely tropical. Sour and acidic. Papaya, mango, and other great fruits. Peaches and apricots. One of the best sours I have had lately.

Oct 24, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Donald Duck orange juice look, modest white head. Buttery chardonnay, toasty oak, clementine and some tropical notes ... mustiness, peach pits, can sense the lactic acidity but the aroma is excellent, deep. Medium body, fruit up front, acid and wine build in the middle and it finishes with wine aromatics (some pear, almond, lemon zest).

- Had this another time on 8/10/16 and this bottle did not hold up well. Turpentine and peaches, super sharp acidity.

Aug 21, 2015
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tom10101 from Canada (QC)

2.95/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

How: Bottle (750 ml) at tasting. Shared by czar, thanks!

>>> Harsh rotten pumpkin sour ale with a very low drinkability (and enjoyability) level.

− Way too sour and quite mouth puckering to the point of being harsh
− Dominant flavor is rotten pumpkin, which to say the least isn’t super enticing
− Description says "Extraordinary depth, complexity and balance"... I guess we had a bad bottle or otherwise this is really far from reality

Flavors: Rotten pumpkin, brettanomyces, moderate spiciness, light vanilla, lemon

Jul 27, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.42/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy pale orange. Medium white head. Strong wine barrel aroma. Lemon and tropical fruit. Really nice. Taste is sharp lemon tartness that gathers some depth. Deeper sourness and oakiness build. White wine flavor lingers in the back end. Medium body. Medium low carbonation. One of the best Side Project beers I've had. Exceptional.

Jul 07, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a Side Project sour glass.

Pours an hazy, darker orange body, kind of like orange juice; one finger white head that fades away fairly quickly. Fair retention, no lacing. Smells of oranges, acetic acid, tangerines, stone fruit, lemon, lactic acid, a small bit of mustiness and oak. It's a fruit-forward nose. Flavour is similar, with a lot of stone fruits, plenty of nice acidity that is both lactic and acetic; citrus, apricots, oranges. A ton of fruit in this. It's drinking perfectly from what I'm hearing and tasting at this point in time. Body is medium-lighter, well carbonated, dry and crisp, refreshing, very easy to drink despite its sourness. Overall, another excellent AWA from Side Project that's drinking quite well right now. A true sour treat.

Jun 21, 2015
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinks light a grapefruit Radler but with real beer presence. The grapefruit is juicy with a light earthy tang. Very sprite on the tongue is is smooth and easy.

Jun 05, 2015
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lateralundertow from New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Unsure whether I shared a bad bottle with a friend or whether the beer was just so caustic to my palate that I couldnt drink more than a few oz. He and I both agree it was a drain pour and down it went. Upsetting, was hoping for a better experience.

Mar 06, 2015
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a hazy yellow color with a nice white head on top. The smell is pretty potent with funk. The taste of the beer is pretty tart, good tangy fruitiness and funk. The feel is smooth finished dry. Overall a very good beer.

Feb 28, 2015
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TotallyHosed from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amber orange color, puffy white head that clears quickly and hazy.

The nose is funky, lemongrass, and bright.

The taste starts with significant acidity. That clears to finish with creamy oak and wheat bread.

The feel is prickly with carbonation and medium to light body.

Overall this is a very good sour beer. I would rate this higher if the acidity was not so dominant and nearly overwhelming. In a blind tasting I would guess this to be an Upland Sour Reserve as opposed to Side Project.

Feb 01, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my cousin Sonny for sharing. Tampa visit review dump; full review to IPad at time.

A- 750ml to a couple teku glasses with a hazy but not murky golden yellow body. A puffy crown atop the beer rises to over a finger with good retention. Large band around the beer drops thick patches and sheets of lace.

S- Sours and fruits are large and in charge. For me the main aromas are of underripe sour peaches and stone fruits, tangerines, tart citrus juice along with lemony lactic tartness. Slightly funky.

T- As in the smell, underripe stone fruit flesh and juice sets this apart in flavor from many other sours. Lots of fruits come to mind like white grapes, sour peaches, clementines, sour lemons, tangerine and apricot. Lactic sours build up to a very high level with a small hint of vinegar.

MF- Body overall is towards the light-medium side with a texture of fizzy and frothy. Foams up enough from the high end carbonation to prevent thinness. Finishes very sour and slick.

Large lactic sourness throughout with a barrage of pale fruits. Citrus and stone fruits come to mind for me with a tart underripe pith flavor. The sours get intense and take away from the initial complex fruitiness after about half a glass. A treat.

Jan 15, 2015
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ironchefmiyagi13 from Tennessee

4.02/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having already had an underwhelming experience with other SP offerings, I was hoping a beer with this reputation would redeem SP's prestige...

That did not happen...

I am not going to go into the characteristics for each category because this beer was so wonderfully 'one-note' that I can sum it up in a few sentences.

Vinegar and lactic acid completely muted any kind of nuance this beer might have had. I did not get anything other than bugs, which would be fine if there was a balance between that and say, grain or the barrel. I just feel this one got away from them and while it is wonderfully funky, there were no characteristics that said "SP is on par with the best sour makers out there." I will continue to try their beers, but this just didn't do it for me. My 6 oz pour was almost too much.

Jan 07, 2015
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macher0 from Kentucky

4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is based on notes I took when I shared this with fellow BAers.

I was overly impressed by this ale. I love tart-ass sours and this piece certainly fell into that category. The color was light straw, slight cloudy, with a minimal head. The nose is funky-tart yeast, tons of bugs, and neutral oak. The taste follows the nose nicely with a strong tartness, straw, neutral oak, and BUGS. This is very close to your lambics and gueuzes from Brussels, but this is made in Missouri.

If you have an opportunity to grab this, do it. And if you have an extra, lets work out a trade.

Dec 19, 2014
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review #900
The beer pours a rich looking, hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that provides minimal lacing or retention. The nose has strong citrus and esters, plastic, minerals, and funky sweetness. The taste seems more balanced with slowly evolving sourness, raw grain, and barrel integrated into each sip, full on flavor intensity with a large sip. The mouthfeel is an effervescent, tart, grainy sour finishing with a strong fruity dryness, buttery barrel, and hint of alcohol. This beer delivers as a world class sour, very big flavors and will be interesting to let sit.

Dec 04, 2014
Pulling Nails Blend #2 from Side Project Brewing
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