Miami Madness
J. Wakefield Brewing

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Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #2
Ranked #99
4.59 | pDev: 6.54%
J. Wakefield Brewing
Florida, United States
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Notes: Imperial Berliner with Mango, Guava, and passion fruit.
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miniditka77 from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Berliner I've ever tasted, although this is coming from someone who doesn't really love Berliners. Bright color and outstanding fruit flavor, the guava really shines through. The best part is the finish though, it's perfect. Not too sweet, not too sour, not too dry. Just perfect.

Nov 11, 2020
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GRG1313 from California

4/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent brew that is way over hyped and way over rated. Don't get me wroing, it's good, it's just not THAT good. There is a lot going on in this beer, some pleasant, some not. Worth the try!

Jul 22, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lulu's in Allston, MA.

Looks like a well-made NEIPA in the glass with a lovely stiff-peak eggwhite head that retains surprisingly well for the style. Aromas scream passion fruit, mango, and guava. Just a hint of pale malt character coming through. The passion fruit is strong in the flavors, too. Perhaps a hair on the tart side, had a bit of an apple cider vinegar character. Refreshing and quite drinkable. I definitely have my qualms with beers that are so heavily fruited they just take like unsweetened fruit spritzers, but I have to respect this one for how damn far they took it. This seems to be a slightly different recipe, the ABV is now 7%.


Oct 17, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Amazing how much fruit goes into this beer. Tastes a bit sour, but also sweet with loads of mango, guava, and passion fruit. This was tart, but not too acidic - an amazing balance of flavors. Love the bottle art as well.

Aug 16, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma doesn’t have too much working on it besides your typical citrus funk & dry yeast found in Berliners...taste has lots of bright guava, just the right level of tartness but just a little too much saccharine / sugar on the back palate

Feb 22, 2019
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blind Tiger at the New Year's Eve party. This is pretty much a perfect Berliner-style in every way. Tart, but not sour, with a nice, fluffy feel, and so drinkable. An incredible beer all around.

Jan 02, 2019
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head on top. The smell has a great fruity aroma. The taste is full of fruity flavors, not overly sour, kind of sweet. The feel is medium bodied. Overall it’s a pretty solid brew!

Oct 01, 2018
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

04/2016 - JWB's sours are a bit too acidic and borderline harsh for me - I think it's the guava - and this was no exception; but I do appreciate all the fruit, namely the passionfruit and mango that pops abound.

Sep 26, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a some what hazy gold with a thin white head that recedes immediately. It has medium low carbonation. The beer smells of orange, mango, guava, and passion fruit. It tastes tart, tangy, with mango, orange pulp, guava, passion fruit, and strawberry. The feel is medium is light and dry. A good sour from J Wakefield.

Jul 30, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: A: hazy to murky yellow, with low visible carbonation. Forms a two-finger white head that fades fairly quickly.

S: A big punch of fruit up front - mango and guava and pineapple. Musty with some funk. Lactic tartness and wheat-cracker malts.

T: Juicy mango and papaya, guava and pineapple fruity cream whip. Lactic tart, and a funk that makes me wonder if the pineapple is part of the tropical fruit profile or from a Brettanomyces addition. A touch of wheat pokes over the very light cracker malts in the middle. Tangerine and orange citrus show up as the beer warms too, along with more of the tropical fruit mix. Dry Lactobacillus, citric acid, and a dry lactic finish with more mango fruitiness.

M: A light body but with a bit of a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation sensation just on the low side, and there's no alcohol to speak of.

O: Very, very yummy - South Florida in a glass. A nice meld of flavors, and while the acidity level would render me unable to drink it all night, it's at an enjoyable level for splitting a 750 two ways. Well done.

Oct 08, 2017
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Seanem44 from Virginia

4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Aslin's second anniversary. The look is an unmistakable pinkish purple color and the taste is quite different. If you aren't into sour type beers, you might pass. For what it is though, you will likely find no better.

Sep 19, 2017
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

4.91/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer exceeded all my expectations. Last years batch. The nose is incredible on this.

Look: nice orange look, juice like.

Smell: Smell is the best part of this. Great passion fruit nose. Smells sweet

Taste: So good, best Berliner I've ever had, sweet taste with sour kicking in with the passion fruit.

Feel: Not too much carbonation, really nice and smooth.

Apr 25, 2017
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Shogun250 from Vermont

4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Berliner, see little wrong with this one except it there is not much beer. It is a little tart but fruit takes over everything which for some people is a great thing. I wish there was a little bit more beer then a mango smoothy. Still crazy nose and great flavor though.

Apr 13, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.68/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a J. Wakefield snifter glass.

Super hazy, OJ-looking yellow-orange body with a nice frothy white head that reduces to leave leggy lacing and a layer of retention.

Aroma is straight guava juice with passionfruit and sour citrus. Taste is very pulpy and tart but not super sour with tons of guava, passionfruit, melon, TROPICAL, lactic sourness, tons of citrus, a little grassy, perfectly drinkable with a light body. Super crisp and refreshing. Hard to not drink really quick.

So incredibly balanced and tasty. Might be the best berliner I've ever tasted.

Apr 06, 2017
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

NOW we're talking!!! Poured this and honestly thought it was a hazy NE IPA. Absolutely beautiful to look at. Starburst orange color that just pops. Aroma is unreal....guava, mango and passion fruit galore. Taste is exactly as the nose....ALL THE FRUITS plus a side of tartness please!! Feel was spot on....dry yet refreshing. Could drink this ALL day!! Overall, this is THE BEST berliner I've ever tasted.

Mar 30, 2017
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edthehead from New York

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

Wow, total mango quava delight. Barely any head or retention, but beautiful color(s) and fruity as can be on the nose and palate. I poured in three separate phases to enjoy the spectrum, clean first pour, clean with dreads second pour, and dread only third pour. Got to say I liked them all. Met the hype, and worth the hunt!

Mar 08, 2017
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raspy22 from Arizona

5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5's across the board. No doubt about it. This blows all other Berliners I have tried right out of the water.
L: looks just like an orange juice/passion fruit juice. Great, bright, solid dark-yellow appearance.
S: This is where it hit me hard! HUGE aromas of passion fruit and guava right up from. The mango is perfectly evident as well. Citrus. Nice subtle funkiess. One of those things that make your mouth water just smelling it.
T: Fantastic! Great heavy flavors of passion fruit and guava with a nice sour/tart funkiness. Sour mouthburst was not too subtle, and not overpowering, so it was easy to work my way through the whole bottle. Again the mango was evident but backseat to the other two fruits.
F: mouthfeel was just smooth enough (not too sharp), and the aftertaste was tart and juicy.
Overall, this was one of the best beers I have had this year. I was already a big fan of passion fruit, but this beer really nailed it. Wholeheartedly worth the effort to get this, and I will be pursuing more of this in the future!

Jan 25, 2017
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wulfie85 from California

4.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best berliners I've had. Aroma of fruit and a little tart, but the flavors were really where this brew shines. The slight tart and funk was an excellent companion to the tropical fruit flavors. Made everything just pop on the palate. Delicious

Dec 28, 2016
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rabbott2 from Illinois

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

2016, batch 2, drank on 12/21/2016

Look-almost looks like a hazy ipa or pulpy orange juice

Smell-not getting anything bold but it smells citrusy and tart

Taste-passion fruit galore! mango and guava are there as well

Feel-medium-heavy tartness, nice

Overall-a nice offering here. My first J Wakefield. The flavor explosion here being under 4% is just amazing. Really nicely done

Dec 23, 2016
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Basically straight fruit juice. With the low abv on this, it should honestly be packaged in fruit juice boxes like Hi-C instead of bottles. I enjoyed it for what it was, but I like my beer to at least register some level of abv.

Nov 28, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque peach-orange with a thin white ring.

Smell is seedy passion fruit with spicy tangerine, peach, apricot, and herbal juniper.

Taste is really smooth yet tangy guava+passion fruit+mango that combines into a deliciously unique and tart peach-tangerine character, finishing semi-wet.

Very good, super tasty, but does it live up to the absolutely overwhelming hype? No, but considering the staggering explosion of awareness this has gotten recently, nothing ever could. It is very good, but it does not justify a stampede of heathens looking to tear down civil society. That being said, I think I liked Absolute Devotion better than this.

Nov 15, 2016
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StoutFox from Ohio

3.31/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tons of guava, unique but not my cup of tea.
Aroma was heavy on the fruit/ citrus.
Taste was surprisingly a bit to sweet guava was throughout. I could have saved a bunch of time and just got guava juice.
Glad I got to try it but not going to be seeking it out again.

Nov 02, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

really well done berliner type with tropical fruit. its one of the better fruity berliners i have had, and one of the best uses of these fruits i have seen in any beer, and while i loved it, im not sure it ranks among the best beers i have ever had overall, and wasnt even my favorite beer from j wakefield, although its probably still deserving of most of its hype! doesnt look like much, orange and hazy, quite thick for a beer so low in alcohol. the aroma is shocking, intensely sour, acidic, mouthwatering, puckery, all of it. with the passion fruit leading the charge, but the other fruits quite authentic and obvious in the aroma as well, juicy and intense, really different from other beers, more and more fresh. the flavor matches the aroma, with a real intense fruity complexion, passion fruit and orange and mango for sure, all really alive and bold in here, but never too sweet. thats the brilliance i think, keeping it dry. it doesnt feel light to me though, lots of body and texture, and even the high acidity doesnt lighten it up much. surprised its so clean too, gone but the palate begs for another gulp as soon as it is swallowed. this is not a style i usually flock to, especially with these fruits, where more often than not its gimmick over quality. this is awesomely delicious, a leader in its class no doubt!

Oct 25, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

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

Golden yellow color.

This is straight juice. Pineapples and oranges. Mango and papaya. Some sourness and tartness.

Light bodied. Acidic. Lemony.

Amazing beer! So troipical.

Oct 15, 2016
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VeganUndead from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours lemon-yellow chalky liquid with minimal carbonation from the fruit additions. The aroma and flavor are tropical and tart, this beer is glorious, and everything I hoped it would be. Worth the hefty $

Oct 02, 2016
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