Pulling Nails Blend #4
Side Project Brewing

Pulling Nails Blend #4Pulling Nails Blend #4
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American Wild Ale
4.45 | pDev: 6.07%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Pulling Nails Blend #4Pulling Nails Blend #4
Notes: Pulling Nails is our ongoing experiment in the art of blending individual threads of different beers to create one unique, complex, finished beer. Blend #4 further encompasses my love for soft, blond wild ales and Saisons. Threads for Blend #4 include:

Unblended #40 (28 months in oak)
Bière de Missouri (Blanc de Blancs base beer - 16 months in oak)
Oude du Blé (14 months in oak)
Oude Fermier w/ Peaches (17 months in oak)
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 105 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy and golden colored; the head fades but leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Acetic and funky, with the oak barrel dominant and a hint of peach

Taste: As with the aroma, acetic and funky, from the outset, with the oak and peach tones developing; in the middle, the vinegar tones recede slightly, allowing the cheesy funk to emerge; after the swallow, the acetic tones re-emerge, bringing home the finish along with the oak and the peach

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; quite puckery

Overall: This is one of those beers that shows Side Project's mastery of the style

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. My first Side Project beer! 750ml capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is apricot, hay and oak. Deep with a cheesy funk. Its rare to detect that last note in an American Wild. Beer opens oak, stone fruit, vinegar, nail polish, coriander and hay. The funk is certainly present here with a big dose of puckering tartness and various stone fruit (peaches and apricot). This one evolves with the tartness gradually dropping out from sip to sip and the funk, wet wood, hay and cobwebs building. Very good. Feel is light bodied with ample carbonation. Puckering in the mouth and filmy and more pucker going down. Real nice.

I'm thoroughly impressed by this beer. Hopefully its not the last I'll have from Side Project!

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Photo of jhavs
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into fluted snifter.

Orange, slight haze, but end of the bottle pour will make for quite a hazy brew if you're not careful with the sediment.

Tart candy aroma, slight earthy peach and woodiness from the barrels.

Tart and acidic at first sip, but layers of flavor come out as it warms and my taste buds become accustomed. Light peach candy, hint of funk, white wine grapes.

Soft, smooth, moderate carbonation and medium body.

Delicious and delicate while being up front and assertive with its level of tartness and acidity.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a hazy yellow color with a subtle white head on top. The smell is a little funky, but not much else. The taste of the beer is pretty solid, good blends of tart fruity sweetness with a sour finish. The feel is pretty good. Overall it's a pretty good brew, definitely enjoyed it.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden, minimal head, even with a vigorous pour. Not super effervescent. There's a little sweet pepper aroma. Tons of funk. It's sour, but very composed. Very pleasant. There's like an apple cider (non-alcoholic) like tartness. Incredibly complex, wow.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a special beer, and of all the recent side project stuff i have been lucky enough to dip into, this is at the top of the list. the distinct beers blended in here make this memorable, and the ones i know stand out well. there is a whole lot of juicy ripe fuzzy wet fresh peach in the nose and taste, lots of fruit, this has to be a significant element of the blend. tons of dry funky brett, a huge amount of white wine fruitiness and oaky mellow sweetness, its amazing. still wheaty and pilsy in the malt base, but fresh and clean and delicate. the yeast and the peaches both do work here. a great acidity to this, some element in the blend is more sour than the others but has some overtaking powers of tang! sour more than others, but funky too, and also super fruity in a couple of different ways. dry and well carbonated, and easily the most complex of the beers i have had from these guys lately. if all beer could be this good the world would know nothing but peace and prosperity. someday that should become reality...

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.92/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is at the line of tart and acidic. The sourness along with the dryness makes it somewhat difficult to get all of the flavors out of this beer. I do get hints of peach skin and white grape. Similarly in the nose as well. It is not an easy beer to drink.

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Photo of eppie82
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At the Cellar. Nothing reminded me more of Cantillon beers than this so far. Loads of barnyard notes, some funky cheese, apricots and peaches. Was very interesting and complex. Medium body and well carbonated. This had a bigger mouthfeel than the Fuzzy #2 I had just previous to this. Both exceptional wild ales, but I would take this by a nose over the Fuzzy #2.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle. Hazy orange. Small white head. Smells of peach, which I didn't much expect. White wine. Citrus acidity. Delicious peach flavor. Lots of white wine. Some grain, wheat, and oak. Medium body. Absolutely delicious. Outstanding.

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Photo of mothman
3.89/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mango yellow. No head.

The aroma smells like fart but the flavor is good. Lots of peach and apricots. Very sour. Sweet tarts. Acidity. Lemony.

Solid, but not the best if the series.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Blend #4. Served in a Side Project stemmed glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium orange body, one finger thick white head, classic Side Project minimal retention, minimal lacing. Looks like just about any other fruited SP saison. Smell is freshly pitted peach, lactic acid, sour patch kids (mainly the yellow one, for those counting at home), slight grainy sweetness, however most of the sweetness is from the stone fruit aromas. Flavour is similar, while it is a big sour patch kid flavour with peach juice, there is a bit of peach sweetness and stone fruit skin in there, moderate lactic acidity, slightly heavy slickness on the finish that seems to impart flavours of peach rings. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a slightly lower carbonation than expected but still within any reasonable limit. Mild peach rings on the finish, with a fair bit of lactic tartness. It's pretty much what you'd expect from Side Project; a lot of lactic acidity and fruited flavours. It's very good, I wish it had a bit more funk or complexity to it to make it a little more challenging, but if you like sour patch kids and stonefruit, this is not a bad one to go after.

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Photo of gibgink
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark golden with small white head. Not a fluffy as other SP beers, and it doesn't fully dissipate. You are left with a very thin/not full layer of bubbles that stay throughout the entirety of the drinking process.

Smelled like you are in the barn. So much funk going on.

Taste begins to follow what the nose presents. There is an earthiness and zest throughout that seems to flow from the bubbles themselves, because it is always there. This beer plays on the fence of a sour like a cat gracefully walking without tripping over the edge. There is also a fruit essence that is present. I wouldn't call it a full on peach flavor, but it isn't lemon either.

And lastly of course the finish. This beer finishes so dry it is ridiculous. As in after each sip, my mouth as a phlegmy feeling as the saliva glands try to recover from what they perceive as desert conditions.

Overall, loved the beer. Cory is sure the King of the wild blend.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours pale gold with a slight orange tint. Quite brightly hued. Very small white head which fizzes off quickly.

Tart and funky aroma. Light peach. Brett and lacto notes. Some citrus.

Taste is more to the tart side. Peach, lemon, and white grape. Lacto sourness. Underlying brett notes, funk and horse blanket. A bit of oak and wine barrel.

Light body with very crisp carbonation. Quite tart on the tongue but short of being truly sour. Lingering fruit, peach with slight lemon.

Superb wild beer. Peach is a great complement without being the main event. Tart but still very easy to drink.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: bright straw, yellow orange with a small head that fades fast
S: peachy, fruity and sourness.
T: huge acidity, slight sourness, no funk and a peach finish that lingers. This beer finishes awesome, the flavors last long afterwards.
F: so easy drinking, and tons of flavor. The flavors are long lasting on this one
O: this is fuzzy's easier drinking younger sibling. I like it a lot!

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Pulling Nails Blend #4 from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 105 ratings