Pitter Patter
Side Project Brewing

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Wild Ale
4.42 | pDev: 5.2%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: When our new brewery opened up in Maplewood, Brad Clark of Jackie O’s was quick to come to St. Louis to brew with us. He was actually the second collaboration we brewed at our new facility (Ryan Burk beat him by 1 day!). Brad and I had wanted to brew with Pluots, a cross between a plum and an apricot, and this was the foundation and inspiration for Pitter Patter. We brewed a more complex malt bill than I normally do for our fruited wild ales, and we feel it turned out wonderfully and we will be brewing it again. It has a beautiful sunset orange hue and a whole grain doughiness that sits very well underneath the acidity of the Missouri and Ohio mixed cultures that we blended to barrel ferment this beer in puncheons.

At maturity we then racked the beer on to California Pluots (purple skin and orange flesh) for refermentation. After 6 months of refermentation and another 5 months bottle and keg conditioning, Pitter Patter is ready to be shared.
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark straw color nose is typical SP base wild, minimal stone fruit. Taste is sweet, tart, minimal stone fruit. Finish is effervescent and light on the palate. Over good, but no smooth or fuzzy

Dec 08, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy peach with a white fuzzy collar.

Taste is Sour Patch and Warheads with balsamic oak. Fruit flavors are lemon, orange and plum, drying out quite a bit on the swallow. The smell is funkier of lactic barnyard blue cheese, but overall the palate is too sour.

Nov 18, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml capped bottle. SP stemmed glass. Darker orange body, one finger white head, fair retention, bit of lacing. Bright stonefruit, moderate-heavy acetic acidity, lemon, slight rubber, underlying slight sweet biscuit. Flavour has none of the rubberiness on the nose, but it is fairly heavy in body, with a slight biscuit sweetness underlying a moderate-heavy acetic acidity; the plum portion of the pluot is strong here with a fairly juicy sweet presence, touch of apricot skin, but the plum itself is fairly juicy and forward here. This in conjunction with the slightly sweeter base malts makes for a more drinkable experience than some of the heavy soured fruit 375ml bottles from Side Project. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, substantial, still fairly acetic on the finish.

Sep 08, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a slightly hazy dark orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like sour plums and sour stone fruit, doughy malt, apple cider vinegar, and honey.

I've never tried a pluot before, but I do definitely get notes of both plums and apricots here- it's a pretty juicy and sour beer from the fruit additions. It's definitely a bit malty sweet and doughy. There's a slight touch of vinegar that's not my favorite aspect of the beer. There's a hint of oak and a lot of white wine as well.

This is light bodied, crisp, and with a definite lingering acidity. The carbonation level is typical, a bit prickly.

This is quite good. It's not as good as some of SP's other fruited Missouri Wild Ales, but it's still a winner in my book.

Sep 04, 2018
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to bstyle for this
375 ml bottle, blend #1, poured into a flute

A- A hazy orange with hints of purple and a small white head.

S- Sour, plums, some apricots, fruits skins, some vinager, mild funk, touch of oak.

T- Sour, plums, touch of apricots, tart stone fruits, touch of vinager, oak, some funk.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry, light body.

O- A world class sour, balanced, great fruit profile. Leaves you wanting more.

Jul 08, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this stuff is great, a collaboration with jackie o, a couple of heavy hitters teaming up on a uniquely malty oak fermented wild beer with pluots, still really sour and acidic and bacterial like all of the side project stuff has seemed to be lately, but this is more balanced by the grain and somehow some residual sweetness from the fruit for how old it is, its more drinkable than say the abricot, which is pure acid but also delicious, this just seems more complex and well rounded to me. orangey pink and hazy from the pricey little bottle, the label is epic, their aesthetic appeals to me so much, its easy to take a beer seriously that takes itself seriously, and this one obviously does. thicker looking, its cool that this is stronger, well above the apparent standard for the fruited wild style. i get fresh oranges, plums, white currants, peach and apricot, a white sangria vibe in the nose, still sour enough to make my mouth water, lots of wood here too, new and bold and lumber-like, heavy rather than delicate, i dont know pluots well, but i know them now because they are so forward in the flavor of this, more skinny and tart like plums to me than fleshy and sweet like apricots, gorgeous in here, some lambic wild funk here but lots of lemony bacterial acidity too, mellowed by the wood and fruit alike, some vinous and tannic elements but really well refined. its lip smacking and puckering and sharp, but its unique and delicious. cool use of a unique fruit, and while side projects culture doesnt seem as compelling as it used to, this beer is absurdly good overall! glad i bucked up for this one.

Jun 06, 2018
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Masonz223 from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really tart upfront, peach, plum, sour orange juice, sweaty gym socks, stinky feta cheese, a touch of nail polish, white wine vinegar, Chardonnay, green grapes. Nice amount of carbonation, with a good amount of puckering sourness. This is a really well done beer.

May 27, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The color on this pour is beautiful. A rich pink hue with a pink hued head of white foam.

The nose gives it away right away .. this is going to one tart beer. A sour essence complimented by fermented peaches and plums.

Nice subtle malt comes out in the flavors, with a profile focus on plum skin. Juicy, yet still slightly earthy, balancing the powerful flavors.

The beer is fairly light bodied, with a high carbonation that hits sharply. Still a very refreshing fruited Wild.

May 27, 2018
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sandstd1 from Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: beautiful Pluot flesh color to this one. Limited head and no retention, but I can live with that.
S: not much on the nose for this fruited sour.
T: here is where this beer stands out. Sweet tarts in a glass. Comparing this with fuzzy I taste stronger fruit on the great wild ale sour beer.
F: feels thicker than other sp wild ales that I have had

Overall, I really enjoyed this. The acidity was a bit strong afterward, but definitely worth it. Wouldn’t change a thing on taste - have to call it perfect on that aspect.

May 25, 2018
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 44 ratings