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

SweetWater Brewing Co. Through the Brambles Sour Ale
94 points
Clear copper color. Medicinal aromas of cherries, red wine barrel, citrus, and vinegar with a soft, tart, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length cherry syrup, pie crust, and oak finish. A Kriek-like sour beer with dense cherry and jam notes.
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.
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.
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co. Fresh Citrus Sour Ale
91 points
Clear golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of mint leaf, spiced citrus, toasted herbs and pastry, and lemongrass with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, sweet-and-sour medium body and a delightful, medium-long finish with notes of tangerine-mint vinaigrette, arugula, radish, and gentian finish. A spunky, appetizing sour berry ale with a lively citrus snap.
Rogue Ales Paradise Pucker Sour Fruit Ale
91 points
Cloudy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of tropical fruit salad, peach blossoms, and mango butter on toast with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long finish with notes of reduced orange and mesclun with herb vinaigrette finish. A nice toasty, fruity sour beer that is very approachable.
Vancouver Island Brewing Mystic Ile Sauvage Brewing Collab Dry-Hopped Sour Ale
90 points
Light gold in color, with bright aromas of cucumber, pineapple shrub, lychee, nettle, and mango. On the palate, lively acidity brings young peach, grape skin, kiwi, and passionfruit nectar flavors into a crisp and light, medium-length finish. Perfectly tart and sessionable, super refreshing…open one up for your dearest pet-nat fan!