Ebb & Flow Session Sour
Muskoka Brewery

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Wild Ale
Ranked #1,506
Ranked #39,458
3.5 | pDev: 11.43%
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
Ebb & Flow Session SourEbb & Flow Session Sour
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Larryfunnell from Canada (ON)

3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured out clear. light coloured, with not much head pouring it down the side of the glass. What was there was a nice white and seemed to last. The smell was of citrous, particularly lemon, and refreshing. The taste is of sour citrous fruits, and goes down well without a real aftertaste. This is a light beer at 2.4% alcohol, making it nice and refreshing for hot days in the sun without worrying about the alcohol affecting other activities.

Oct 08, 2019
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for around $3 CDN.

Appearance - pale straw color, decent finger and a half of white head that doesn't fizzle out in moments. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - light sourness, some lemon and grapefruit but everything quite subdued. General light grassiness in behind.

Taste - very light, radler like although more sour and tart with a touch of citrusy bitterness. Not a lot else going on.

Mouthfeel - very fizzy and gassy, although very light and pretty easy to drink other than the gassy qualities.

Overall - not super impressed, although a light sour ale isn't really in my wheelhouse, so for what it appears to be, Ebb and Flow does a serviceable job.

Mar 27, 2019
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octortus from Canada (ON)

2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

473 mL Can. ABV 2.4%.
Appearance: Straw in colour, Cloudy, Less than half a finger of head, Head dissipates quite rapidly, Low-Medium carbonation.
Aroma: Citrus (Particularly grapefruit, orange, lemon), Hops.
Mouthfeel: Thin, Light carbonation, Dry finish.
Flavour: Grapefruit, Lemon, Apricot, Hops.
Overall: Not a whole lot going on here, grapefruit is dominant and is probably what contributes most to its "sourness". Quite underwhelming all around, honestly.

Review: 9

Mar 27, 2019
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A simple approachable beer that might be considered as a gateway brew for introducing someone to sours. Gently tart and generally light going.

Clear pale straw under a fizzy moderate white head that evaporates quickly. Just a film and some early lace after that. Nose is subtly lemony sour over grain. Noticeably, but gently and pleasantly sour to taste. Citrus fruit without a real hard edge to taste.

Overall, just quietly enjoyable. Light going but interesting on the palate. Yup, likely sessionable if you like a little tart nip.

Jan 01, 2019
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

473 mL can from the LCBO; best before Apr 27 2019 and served well chilled. Seemed like a coin flip as to whether this is best categorized as a Wild Ale or a Berliner Weisse, though neither is a perfect fit IMO. The brewery doesn't explicitly call it either one.

Pours a clear, pale straw yellow hue, with one finger of smooth, foamy white head initially seated atop. It wilts rapidly, sizzling off over the next 90 seconds or so, leaving behind a thin, smooth cap and collar, as well as a tiny band of lace. Looks pretty much like a Berliner Weisse to me, and the smell ain't too far off, either - some light lactic acidity is evident, as is a wheaty, gritty grain note. I'm also getting suggestions of lemon, lime and maybe even a hint of stone fruit, though that last one might be stretching it.

Extremely mild flavours - the lactic acidity in particular is noticeable throughout much of the sip, but maintained at a very low level, which makes this very approachable as far as so-called "sours" go. Beyond that, I'm getting light notes of lemon and lime, and a hint of something fruity, e.g. apricot or passion fruit, with light lacto tartness fading into the aftertaste, swiftly drying off the palate. Light in body, with moderately assertive carbonation that froths up a bit in the mouth. Would it be redundant to mention that it's highly drinkable?

Final Grade: 3.45, a B-. Muskoka's Ebb & Flow is a decent light soured ale. It's got wheat, a low abv, and is lacto-soured, so there's a reasonably strong argument for calling it a Berliner - but most of the BWs I've had were a hell of a lot more sour than this. Either way, there are better session sour alternatives in the LCBO (e.g. Side Launch's), and if I want something just as light and more refreshing, there's always radlers.

Dec 18, 2018
Ebb & Flow Session Sour from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 12 ratings