Lazy Susan
Highland Park Brewery

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #218
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,660
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 7.26%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
79
From:
Highland Park Brewery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  15
Gots
  10
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Notes: This sour wheat beer is first aged with a mix of yeast and bacteria (Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, Saccharomyces, and Brettanomyces) and then has organic Masumoto family farm peaches and nectarines added. This all developes into puckering tartness, complex funkiness, and juicy stonefruit.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 79 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Frosty11161 from California

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jun 05, 2017
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle (500mL I think) into an oversized tulip.

Pours bright golden and fizzy and has a proper haze to it. Sudsy white head that quickly dissipates. 4.5

Beer's described as a sour wheat and I'm thinking it is a Berliner Weisse, but there's quite a funkiness and saison-like quality to the aroma. Tons of apricot or peach burst from the glass too and they, combined with the earthy, funky yeast, give this that true barnyard feel. I need to find this barnyard next LA visit. Very nice. 4.5

Seems I'm just drinking underripe peach and apricot, because they absolutely dominate this flavor. There's a fuzzy, funkiness to the flavor and feel that is derived from these fruit and it is accentuated/complemented by the medley of yeasts. As I go about searching for other elements to this beer I notice a lemony tartness and a brief injection of malt providing a touch of sweetness and vanilla. 4.5

This guy (or is it a gal?) is a lip-puckerer but it's not of that abrasively sour variety that I don't enjoy. It's instead assertively tart if that's any better a description. There's a healthy body to this and I think the wheat is more of a factor here than anywhere on the flavor, but the beer is still refreshing and easy to sip away at. 4.25

Quite the surprise from Highland Park Brewery. I've enjoyed their IPAs and a coffee beer, but I didn't know they had this in them. This is delicious. Quite the fruity, juicy wild ale.

May 22, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a light but hazy lemon straw-yellow body, two finger white head that is thick but all of a sudden starts dropping out as soon as the pour level reaches the top, with a loud fizzing sound. Interesting! Smells of white peach flesh, tart nectarine, a lot of lactic acid, mild cereal sweetness, touch of leather and yogurt. An overall fruit-forward aroma that only intensifies as it warms. Flavour is strong on the lactic acidity, but also has a somewhat moderating stone fruit presence, mostly the peach flesh, with a tart nectarine bite followed by a minimal mild yogurty sweetness. It's not very sweet from the base wheat beer, but rather the sweetness is from the fruit. Just the way I like it. A bit of leather, and again a lot of lactic acid. The amount of peach here reminds me a fair bit of Side Project Leaner, except the lactic acidity is really dialed up quite a bit here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit sharp and dry, crisp and refreshing. Despite the acidity, this is a very drinkable brew and I really enjoyed it. Overall- HPB is doing great stuff these days and its good to see a brewery like this in the Los Angeles area. San Diego County and the Bay Area have dominated the California craft beer market for so long, it's nice to see new brewers breaking out of Los Angeles.

Apr 28, 2016
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Kurmaraja from California

4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps there is significant batch variation accounting for the variable scores ... But what I'm drinking is superb. Pour is flat and a bit murky. Smell is stone fruit and funk ... Lacto and Brett. More Brett as it warms. Taste is peach yogurt, acidity is prominent, but you get Brett and wheat germ flavors in the finish. Brilliant stuff.

Nov 01, 2015
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.

A: Big peach and nectarine aroma, a bit funky with a moderate sourness that lingers.

A: Very light, almost neon like yellow, quite hazy – almost opaque. The beer has no head whatsoever.

T: The peach and nectarines are present, but quickly give way to a strong, sharp lemon-like sourness that lingers.

M: Light bodied with moderately light carbonation. There is moderate acidity, but quite pleasant on the palette. Very sessionable and refreshing.

O: Delicious; the peaches and nectarines provide a pleasant aroma and flavor that is complimented by a big lemon sourness. The beer comes together quite well and while sour – the beer is super refreshing and easy to drink.

Feb 16, 2016
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Beer_Line from California

4.98/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours yellow, minimal head. Smells of funk and the inside of a barn with over ripe fruit. Taste is quite great. Pretty fruity and maintains the lambic'esq in the nose. The carbonation does in fact exist and it works perfectly with this brew.
Overall - Really great beer for the west coast

Mar 05, 2016
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

May 21, 2019
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TallGuyCM from California

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jun 15, 2020
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drewone from California

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 30, 2015
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HopHead84 from California

4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 08, 2015
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rbrefbeerman from California

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 08, 2018
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Vicirus from Massachusetts

4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

May 22, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 20, 2016
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wethorseblanket from California

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 17, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.37/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Golden yellow with a thin white collar. Pungent stone fruit. Very acidic. Peach or apricot or something. Tastes pretty damn sour. Stone fruit is a little bit lost, except for the sourness. Medium light. Low carbonation. Tasty, but too sour for my liking.

Sep 22, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 04, 2015
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rm20015 from California

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Feb 15, 2015
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Adamostella from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 10, 2017
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gregoryG from California

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 17, 2014
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IrishColonial from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 12, 2016
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kmanjohnson from California

4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 07, 2017
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Saxmusik45 for sharing this one at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, peach, nectarine, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour peach, nectarine, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with very tasty sour peach and nectarine flavors that make this one very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Feb 09, 2015
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Gobzilla from California

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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