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, red wine-barreled farmhouse ale utilizes dry Pinot Nero black grape tartness to enhance sweet cider licks, sour lemon pucker and herbal barnyard leathering. Mild acidity dots the burgundy-spiced finish.
On tap at Ambulance, sour brettanomyces yeast enhances tart lemon zesting and earthen black tea adjunct above pale malted raw oats. A bit underwhelming, but quite welcoming for those just discovering sour ale virtues.
On tap at Seven Lakes Station, aggressive oak-aged sour ale matches vinous white grape musk and tart lemony limestone pucker to musty barnyard leathering for acidic brettanomyces yeast-induced rusticity.
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, blended mixed culture sour ale (with sedate 12% ABV) coalesces tart oaken cherry Flemish red ale to date-dried Flemish brown ale with great success. Lightly acidic green grape tannins and piquant raspberry wisps seep into dried fruited pleasantry.
On tap at Morris Tap & Grill, ‘synergistic blend’ of rosewood-embittered French oak barrel aging and lactic microflora-enhanced brettanomyces yeast combine for vinous green grape tannins, sharply soured lemon lime pucker and balmy Seville orange-oiled Earl Grey tea tartness to flourish.
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.
On tap at Stone & Rail, Jameson Irish whiskey-barreled sour blonde ale adds only a pinch of whiskey to mildly acidic Persian lime and lemon adjuncts. Candied citrus tartness gains subtle peach, cider and green grape reminders. A Mojito substitute?
On tap at Ambulance, lactic kettle-soured cranberry pucker brings moderate tartness to pinkish amber-hazed light body. Mild tannic acidity seeps into subtle lemony cranberry piquancy.
On tap at Ambulance, low-key dark sour ale aged two years in Leopold Bros. Whiskey barrels retains brettanomyces-bound balsamic vinegaring, tart oaken cherry pucker and mild lemon musk, but whiskey influence is negligible. Slight charcoal graze inundates sharp vinous sourness and horse-blanketed barnyard acridity by indirectly providing charred mocha remnant. Subtly complex.
On tap at Ambulance, vinous green grape tartness overwhelms toasted coconut and kiwi adjuncts for highly acidic oak-aged golden ale. Sour white wining gains modest peach, guava and mango illusions, but its coconut-kiwi tropicalia fails to take hold.