WiLD Sour Series: Synchopathic

WiLD Sour Series: SynchopathicWiLD Sour Series: Synchopathic
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,382
Ranked #15,342
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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Reviews by tone77:
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 BrewsandBlues
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BKotch
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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 Gagnonsux
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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 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 Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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 peabody
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 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 Tone
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus, strong bacterial funk, pale malt, wheat, hint of alcohol, and floral notes. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. There is also a distinct tartness and dryness. Tastes of citrus, strong bacterial funk, hops, pale malt, wheat, hint of alcohol, and floral notes. Overall, very pungent, tart, and sharp.

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Photo of csfcmitchell
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 oriolesfan4
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSSG
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge, soapy white head. Sour with citrus peel in the nose. Crystal clear, golden color. Starts extremely sour with big notes of citrus. Peaks in sourness as the citrus flavor swells. Finish has delicious, smooth, biscuity malt with refreshing citrus lingering over it.

This is really, really amazing. It's like an orange-lime hybrid was created. Excellently tart, refreshingly citric, and great maltiness.

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

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