Pulling Nails Blend #5
Side Project Brewing

Pulling Nails Blend #5Pulling Nails Blend #5
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American Wild Ale
4.32 | pDev: 6.25%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Pulling Nails Blend #5Pulling Nails Blend #5
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 #5 is the union of two beers that were fermented in and aged in wine barrels for more than a year and blended to exemplify our love of Brettanomyces and the spontaneous beers of Belgium. This blend was aged on tart cherries for almost a year before being naturally conditioned in this bottle.
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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours cloudy ruby red with thin white head that settles to a super thin ring. No lacing.

Aroma - Tart/sweet black cherry, lemon light funk. Some wheat.

Taste - Really rich black cherry and lots of it, tart lemon.

Feel - Light bodied, well carbonated, hints of dryness.

Overall - Great beer, lots of wonderful cherry super easy drinking.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fair bit of cherry skin. Moderate acetic acid. Light oak. A bit of grainy sweetness. Lemon and touch of leather. Medium body, good carbonation. Tart cherry skin on the finish, but nothing quite like a kriek- it is more of a faint cherry. Slightly tannic finish.

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Photo of morimech
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fizzy red hued amber. Look away for a moment and the head is gone and no lacing. Does not look the greatest. Aromas of barnyard funk of the Brettanomyces and faint hint of cherries. Things pick up a lot in the flavor. Flavors of cherries, oak, vanilla, grapes, funky cheese, and complimented by a moderate tartness. No sign of the 8% ABV. Even though this is a higher alcohol sour, it drinks very nicely thanks to the lively carbonation. Not the best SP beer but still very good.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.29/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle. Hazy pinkish red body. Smells of cherry pie, spice, and some plastic. Eh. Tastes of a nice cherry flavor up front. Nice fruity sourness. Oak. A little plastic and rubber in the back end. Kinda ruins it. Medium body with medium carbonation. Not Side Project's best.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reddish brown in color with no light penetration. There's no head on top. Tart cherries lead the way on the aroma forefront along with faint tart brettanomyces. The taste is very bitter and tart cherries. There's an underlying red wine bitterness. The mouth is dry and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of gibgink
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pinkish reddish hue. Bottle that was opened did not have much carb to speak of, which is not the norm. Good funky smell with a hint of fruit. Taste follows suit. There is a cherry-ness to the flavor, but it is not pronounced(a little underwhelming). I don't know if the bottle was bad as it will probably be the only sample I will have, but it was definitely under carbonated. The bubbles in a Side Project wild/sour add to the beer in a way I cannot fully explain. Without them, the flavors just don't pop as much.

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Photo of Tommo
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was delicious, but not what i was expecting. It is not very tart at all (especially in comparison to PN3). It is a light breezy brett dominated beer with some great funky notes on the aroma. Cherry flavor is present, certainly not in your face. A very nice offering

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Pulling Nails Blend #5 from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 45 ratings