WiLD Sour Series: Synchopathic

WiLD Sour Series: SynchopathicWiLD Sour Series: Synchopathic
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,375
Ranked #15,088
3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
Illinois, United States
Very Good
WiLD Sour Series: SynchopathicWiLD Sour Series: Synchopathic
Notes: Synchopathic is the combination of a refreshingly tart and acidic sour ale with robust-citrusy, fruity & floral dry-hops one would otherwise find in a pale ale, with aromas and flavors reminiscent of grapefruit, orange, lemon, tangerine, pineapple and hints of pine, giving way to a biscuity-crackery malt backbone, low bitterness and dry finish to bring it all in synch. Cheers.
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Photo of EMH73
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a huge, well retained white head that left islands of lacing. Smells of tart citrus with a bit of yeast and funk. Tastes of lemon, lime, sour grapes, herbal notes, yeast and a hint of funk. Light bodied, well carbonated, dry finish.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a single-serve can into a tulip.

Pours hazy but not cloudy dark gold with excellent carbonation and bubble--a fine two-fingered, pillowy head rises and then lingers. It gives way to a solid ring of foam, and then strong lacing.

The aroma is very understated. Lemon and grapefruit citrus notes with hints of biscuity malt and funk. Decent aroma, but a little weak.

The flavor is also somewhat understated for the style, but very unique. Lemon and white grapefruit citrus is very forward, but hints of melon--honeydew and cantaloupe--show up, as does a hint of cucumber. Sour wheat at the back of the palate.

Medium/light bodied with excellent carbonation and crispness. Very acidic and then dry at the finish. Zero booziness.

Overall, a unique brew even for the style. Very sour but overall it is subdued in flavor and aroma.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Oliver Twist in Stockholm.

Pours an unclear orange with wispy foam.

Smell is tart with notes of grape juice, elderflower and lime.

Taste is tart and a bit juicy with notes of citrus, grapeand elderflower. Well balanced and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a good sour, a little bit lacking in depth.

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Photo of blueberrysti
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh hops aroma when first open the can but the aroma quickly fade. The tartiness is a bit on the strong side. Dry finish and kind of light in the body. This beer lacks complexity but it is a nice one to crush in a hot summer days.

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Photo of sanhedrin
1.43/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Found this one a bit single-note. Nothing much to it. It’s tart, but without anything in the way of complexity. If you’d told me it was un-hopped, I’d believe it. Actually, if you told me it was seltzer with caramel coloring and a scoop of citric acid, I’d believe it.

Meh. Just didn’t do it for me.

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Photo of dcotom
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce can into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy pale yellow in color, with a good, soapy head that left scads of lacing as it receded. Aromas of tart fruit, apple cider vinegar, light malt, and yeast, with a piney and grassy overtone. Light in body, with a dry finish and a little astringence. Overall, this is a very good beer, tart and refreshing. Another fine beer in the Wild Sour lineup.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Firestone Walker tulip glass.

A: Moderately hazy gold, with quite a bit of visible carbonation. Forms a big two-finger white head that lasts pretty well.

S: A modest lactic tartness, lemony citric acid. Citrus and grassy and tropical fruity hops. Pineapple and passionfruit. Minimal ripe cheese funk, but it lurks in the background. Light cracker malts to round things out. A nice balance between hop and tart aromas.

T: Lactic tart, citric acid – lemons and ruby grapefruit. Some grapefruit from the hops as well I think, plus more pineapple and lychee and passion fruit. A mild feet and cheese funk here as well. Light cracker malts add just a bit of sweetness in the midpalate. It finishes with more sour grapefruit, acidic pineapple and a lingering modest hop bitterness with the acidic dryness.

M: Light body and only mild alcohol flavors. A good amount of carbonation sensation, albeit lower than it appeared.

O: This isn’t the best hoppy sour beer ever – there are plenty superior, most obviously the Hop Savant in my mind. But this is quite enjoyable. Fruit-forward from both the hops and lactic tart flavors - though I think it's a bit too acidic to be among the best in this class. But it's likely my favorite of this Wild Series that I’ve had so far, probably by a good chunk. I have a vague memory that the 4 pack was costly enough that it won’t be in my regular purchase rotation, but it’s good.

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a large thin patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with hints of cantalouple melons and oranges.
T: Like the smell, the taste is somewhat sour and has fruity flavors of citrus and melon.
M: It feels light-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This wild ale has a pleasant amount of tartness on the mouthfeel, making it easy to drink and rather refreshing.

Serving type: can

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Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My plans for the afternoon have fallen through, but that is okay since I have a wealth of beers in my reefer to drink & review. This one is the next of several from DESTIHL in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm) today.

From the CAN: "Synchopathic is the cool harmonization of a refreshingly tart and acidic sour ale with citrusy, fruity & floral dry-hops normally in concert with pale ales, with totally rad aromas and flavors reminiscent of grapefruit, orange, lemon, tangerine, pineapple and hints of pine, giving way to a biscuity-crackery malt back beat, low bitterness and a dry finish to bring it all in synch. Cheers."; Support Flavor - Boycott Bland (tm)"; "Unfiltered[,] Indigenous Wild[,] Kettle Sour Ale".

I Crack!ed open the vent, only to gave it begin to mildly gush through the opening! This was not simply mild foaming, but sustained, soft gushing through the hole. I picked up the CAN & held it inside the awaiting glass so as to capture the overflow. Once things finally got to a point that I could do so, I began a slow, gentle Glug to decant the rest of the beer. An in-glass swirl raised just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention, leaving loads of sticky lacing in its wake. Nose was slightly sour, like apple vinegar. Interesting. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, enticing a visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas, until they were downwind of it & they backed off. 8=( I, too, used to be afraid of beers that smelled like this, but I have slowly come around. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely sour, not at all tart or puckering. Instead, it settled in the hinges of my jaw and made my ears tingle. Phew! Tart is NOT equal to Sour! The taste was very citrusy and very sour, like fruit left to ferment just before going over to rot. Pineapple came immediately to mind, as its sugar tends to ferment very quickly, followed by grapefruit and then the ubiquitous lemon. It also had a biscuity-crackery dryness which just helped to dry it out further. Finish was dry, sour & had me reaching for the water that I always keep on hand for the ocCANsions. Wild, man, wild! YMMV.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Clear and light burnt umber, small white head that fizzles away.

S - Smells of flintstones vitamins and citric fruit rind

T - A sweet tartness with a clean and green woody flavor, sour pineapple tang and a refreshing hop bitterness on the end

F - Sticky and thick. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of erikaxchan
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Funky sour beer with low bitterness just how I like it. Tart, almost a bit brine-y. Not like those flavored with fruit. It's feels crisp too which I like.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: bubble filled pour supports a 2.5" white foam cap with a very fine bead, frothy lace and moderate retention

S: citrusy tart fruit aromas hover over the glass including citrus, pineapple, orange, grapefruit and tangerine

T: flavors start tart with a doughy biscuit platform in the background providing balance. The tartness is at lime juice levels. The flavors are citrusy, lemony, and juicy with a range of tropical fruit flavors in the background

F: The body is light to medium light and the carbonation is high

O; The mouth feel has a little pleasant pucker making this a refreshing summer drink

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium to dark golden honey in color with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate golden yellow + apricot colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head that quickly reduces to large patch of mottled very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tart lemon citrus with light to moderate aromas of floral + citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of a light to moderate aroma of biscuit + sour wheat malts. Light aromas of lacto earthy funkiness.

T: Upfront there is a just shy of moderate flavor of biscuit + sour wheat malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of earthy lacto funkiness and strong flavors of tart lemon citrus. Light to moderate flavors of floral + citrus/grapefruit hops which impart only a hint of bitterness which fades quickly leaving a slightly stronger than moderate amount of lingering tartness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with moderate to heavy amounts of acidic prickliness. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a pretty intensely sour dry hopped sour - enjoyable with a nice combonation of flavors + aromas without too much acidity but not what I would describe as an easy drinker.

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Photo of emerge077
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9 oz. snifter at Bangers & Lace.
Bright saturated orange with sharp clarity, delicate lacing, broken patchy skim.
Aroma is lightly floral and citrusy from the dry hopping. Lemon zest.

Taste is tart and citric with a lemony punch. Finishes dry and clean.
Vague bit of papery malt in the middle. Crisp and effervescent.
Not bad, not overly complex.

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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sour, lemon peels. Taste is tart, very sour, lemon peels, face puckering. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of GodLovesBeerMan
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours light into the glass forming a fine white lace. It is a light golden yellow color and has a steady carbonation. First sniff is tart and floral like a bowl of lemon grass. First sip is bright, tart and refreshing. The feel is acidic and slightly drying. As the beer nears the end I am picking up notes of citrus apricot and a slight nuttiness. This beer has a well developed flavor profile, and no detectable alcohol burn. I was suprised to see it is 6%. I will definitely try another from this brewery.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can dated 10/12/16. It pours clear medium tan with a one finger head that dissipated quickly leaving very nice lacing. The smell is very sour with lemon, orange, and hops. The taste is extremely sour. There are flavors of lemon, floral, orange, and pine. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a dry lingering finish. Overall it's not bad, but it's very sour tending to cover up other flavors.

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Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Wet hay, breadyness & not much else

T: Tart lemons, some pear & slight grassyness, plus dryness up front. Pears, lemon sweet tarts, plus some oaky white wine characterisitics as this warms, a little leafy hop as well. Finishes tart & dry

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation

Easy to drink, good, but nothing new here

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 9/19/2016. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart/sour lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, papaya, guava, green apple, white wine, light pepper/pine, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light lacto funk/vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/acidic yeast, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, papaya, guava, green apple, white wine, light pepper/pine, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light lacto funk/vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness; light yeast spiciness and pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, papaya, guava, green apple, white wine, light pepper/pine, cracker, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/acidic yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/sourness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from acidity, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/acidic, fairly creamy/grainy, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected for 6%. Overall this is a great dry hopped sour ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/acidic yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the modest acidity. This one is a lot more balanced on the acidity than most of their other sours. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from can, canned 10/3/16

slightly cloudy golden pour with big foamy head that dissipates well before casual patience. lively islands of bubbles skim the surface even after the foam has subsided, forming a rich nuanced nose, more hop than sour which contrasts nicely with the wallop of sour this brew pounds into the tongue. too much grapefruit at first, a bit lacking in the kind of bite i was expecting after the display of suds, rather feels like a cider. but overall nice to drink and never boring, well done.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a tulip
Canned 10/3/16

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a creamy white head that has great retention long after the pour

S- smells of toasted malt with a lacto tartness. Highlights of floral, grapefruit peel & tangerine

T- fruity and floral up front with flavors of lemon peel, orange, pineapple and mago, before giving way to a sour lacto element. the finish is juicy with a tartness of grapefruit juice, toasted malt linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy into the finish

O- nice fruity hop notes throughout, balanced by just enough tartness and a toasted malt backbone

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Syncopathic has a thick, off-white head, a mostly clear, slightly orangish gold appearance, and heavy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of some sourness, but is mostly of biscuit or cracker and, perhaps, some sourdough. Taste is of fruit, tart candies, and some white bread. Mouthfeel is medium, and Destihl Sycopathic finishes crisp and easy going.


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Photo of Franziskaner
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with great clarity. There's a half inch of dense off white head. The nose is pineapple and tart Brettanomyces. You get pineapple at the front of the palate and then a wallop of tart Brett takes over. This is very unique, but not exactly my bag. The mouth is moderately carbonated and very dry.

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Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a can...intensely sour, bu I love the smell. The appearance is lightly hazy and gold. The head is larger than expected, and the smell is complex. Funk,, Grist, Fruit...citric, peel, earthy, and intense. The taste is dry and seriously acidic. Many-layered.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.77/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours clear straw gold with a fizzy white head that retains fairly well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is tart lactic fruity sour with a little hop.

The flavor is super tart mouth-puckering lactic sour with some fruit and a little bit of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a bit tough to drink with all the lactic sourness.

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WiLD Sour Series: Synchopathic from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 148 ratings