About Sour Ale

About Sour Ale
Sour Ales encompass the wide variety of intentionally soured ales that have recently become quite popular, but don’t fit neatly into traditional classifications. They are tart tasting beers that have been inoculated with either Lactobacillus, Brettanomyces, and Pediococcus strains of bacteria or have been affected by wild yeast strains via spontaneous fermentation, or by the addition of fruits containing wild strains on their skins.

Top Picks for Sour Ale

New Glarus Brewing Co. "Champ du Blanc" Fruited Sour Ale
95 points
Bright golden yellow color. Sourish aromas and flavors of apple vinaigrette on arugula, sourdough bread, lemon, and horse blanked wrapped cheese with a supple, tart, fizzy, sour medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long finish with touches of spiced peaches and green apples and kumquat finish. A vibrant and refreshing sour beer that invites another mouthwatering sip.
SweetWater Brewing Co. Through the Brambles Blackberry Sour Ale
94 points
Dark copper color. Sour aromas of citrus vinaigrette, bitter melon salad, and crushed red and dark berries with a supple, puckering, finely carbonated, sour medium body and a tingling, interesting, long sourdough raisin toast, kumquat, and gooseberries finish. A fabulously tart and mouthwatering sour ale that will triumph at the table.
New Glarus Brewing Co. R&D Vintage 2016 Sour Ale
94 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Rustic, funky aromas and flavors of stinky cheese and socks, dried lemons, and straw and moss with a supple, racy, effervescent, sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, long finish displaying notes of lemon vinaigrette, crabapple, nuts, and bitter greens finish. An appetizing, mouthwatering beer for the table.
Awards: 2017 Best Sour Ale
Deschutes Brewery Pear and Bergamot Sour
93 points
Minutely hazy yellow color. Attractive aromas and flavors of peach and pear nectar, floral honey, lemon-lime bars, and kumquat with a supple, tart, effervescent, sourish medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish conveying touches of lemon-orange-pear relish, buttered zucchini raisin toast, marinated artichoke, and apricot vinaigrette on watercress finish. A flavorful and refreshing "brunch" sour with adroit balance and an easy, approachable style.
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co. Cherry Sour Ale
93 points
Bright red oak color. Aromas and flavors of sour cherry vinaigrette, olive sourdough bread, sweaty cheese rind, and rose hip with a supple, tart, effervescent, sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and an elegant, long finish with notes of sour cherry, lemon, and honey roasted nuts finish. A delicious and mouthwatering sour cherry sour ale.
Lagunitas Brewing Company "Aunt Sally" Sour
93 points
Brilliant gold color. Lively, hoppy, herbal aromas of herbs toast, hemp, grilled pineapple, and pine with a supple, racy, finely carbonated, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length quince, Buddha’s hand, orange blossom water, and bitter bark and nettles finish. An interesting mash-up of herbal, bitter hops and lactic sourness.
Upland Brewing Mayhaw Sour Ale
93 points
Hazy light gold color. Bright, toasty, interesting aromas and flavors of butter toasted nut bread, turkey jerky, and hint of rubber with a soft, sharp, finely carbonated, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, delightful, long finish with notes of white balsamic on radicchio, green peach, and earth finish. A lovely, tart, mouthwatering sour ale.
Sweetwater Brewing Co. The Pit & the Pendulum Barrel-aged Sour Ale
92 points
Hazy sunburst color. Aromas of dried sour cherries, barnyard earth and haystack, reduced citrus, and peppered cinnamon toast with a tart, effervescent, sour medium body and an effortless, appealing, medium-long cherry vinegar, pickled cucumber relish, and nuts finish. A delicious and stimulating cherry sour ale that wakes the palate.
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Sobrehumano Palena`ole Oak Aged Sour Ale
92 points
Bright dark copper color. Sourish, smoky aromas and flavors of cherry-lemon vinaigrette, tropical fruits and flowers, and toasted nut brittle with a supple, tart, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, long finish with overtones of cherry pits and pomegranate seeds, reduced lemon, grilled romaine, and marinated artichoke hearts finish. An elegant, refined sour ale reminiscent of a fine wine.
Upland Brewing Pawpaw Fruited Sour Ale
92 points
Hazy golden yellow color. Exotic, tropical aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple husk, wintergreen, durian, and tapioca and fresh mozzarella with a satiny, tart, finely carbonated, sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and a silky, elegant, long finish with notes of toasted baguette, oat cereal and granola, green apple vinaigrette, and persimmon and quince finish. A superb sour beer that artfully balanced tartness with exotic fruitiness.