On tap at Growler & Gill, summery gose-styled sour ale brings salty coriander licks to wispy mango-pureed peach tartness as limey lactic acidity overrides milk sugared sweetness. Underlying passionfruit, guava and papaya tropicalia too distant for declining mango influence.
Psychedelia-bent sour ale brings ‘acid blend’ of lemon-dropped strawberry puree tartness and mild salted rhubarb chutney piquancy to contrasted creamy vanilla sweetness, leaving cranberry, oaken cherry and gooseberry illusions at the leathery back end. Fluffy whip-creamed strawberry sweetness counters moderate citric acidity at demure sour-fruited finish.
Enthusiastic tart-candied Sour Patch Kids knockoff offers lightly acidic lemon-limed bittering to raspberry puree adjunct, ancillary blueberry-blackberry rasp, distant pink grapefruit juicing and mildly lacquered plasticity. Fizzy soda pop crackle adds snap to convincing raspberry-pureed, pink-cleared sour ale.
On tap at Ambulance, lactic milk sugaring sweetens tart raspberry-strawberry adjuncts above salty limestone-soured green grape tannins and puckered lemon twist, leaving modest citric acidity in the back end. A superior lollipop-candied sour ale approachable enough for magnanimous crossover appeal to lighter thirsts usually less interested in ‘sours.’
On tap at Ambulance, second edition (2016 vintage) oak-aged sour blonde ale spreads white wine tannins and desiccated apricot-skinned tartness way beyond expectant orange-spiced witbier styling. In the midst, sun-ripened Muscat Blanc grape vinegaring sharpens lemony Granny Smith apple pucker to its hay-dried grain spine.