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July 2017 - Best Sour Ale, Fruit Beer

July 2017 - Best Sour Ale, Fruit Beer
This month's Beer feature is Best Sour Ale, Fruit Beer

Best Sour Ale, Fruit Beer Reviews

Upland Brewing Sour Reserve
97 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Sour aromas and flavors of pickled vegetables and fruits, champagne vinaigrette on greens, honey buttered sourdough toast, and reduced lemon with a lightly tannic, tart, effervescent, sour full body and a tingling, distinctive, very long radish and jicama, nuts, and grassy earth finish. A superlative sour beer with great length, power, and finesse.
Awards: 2017 Top 3 Best Beer, 2017 Top 2 Best Ale, 2017 Top 3 Best US Beer, 2017 Best Sour Beer
Lindemans Framboise Raspberry Lambic
94 points
Bright maroon color. Fruity, fresh aromas and flavors of fresh picked raspberries, wheat crackers and cereal, and beet root and greens with a supple, tangy, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, very long hint of greens and berry vinaigrette, key lime, and mossy earth finish. A vibrant, mouthwatering, exquisitely balanced framboise lambic.
Awards: 2017 Best Fruit Lambic
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 lemon vinaigrette, crabapple, nuts, and bitter greens finish. An appetizing, mouthwatering beer for the table.
Awards: 2017 Best Sour Ale
pFriem Peche Barrel-Aged Ale
94 points
Light light gold color. Spicy, savory, complex aromas and flavors of pickled melon and okra, vegetable chips, peach chutney, and Iberico ham with a supple, tangy, effervescent, sourish medium body and a tingling, complex, long apple cider vinegar, arugula, and pepper finish. A wonderfully appetizing sour beer with a delicate hint of peach.
Awards: 2017 Best Fruit Beer
August Schell Brewing Co. Tidal Disruption Blackberry Berliner Weisse
93 points
Maroon color. Earthy aromas and flavors of overripe and stewed berries, gherkin, berry yogurt, and leather shoes with feet with a supple, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long pomegranate vinaigrette on greens, chestnuts, grassy earth, and lime pith finish. A brooding and earthy berry Berliner that will excel at the table, especially with game.
Awards: 2017 Best Flavored Berliner Weisse
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 sour cherry, lemon, and honey roasted nuts finish. A delicious and mouthwatering sour cherry sour ale.
New Glarus Brewing Co. Strawberry Rhubarb Ale
93 points
Nearly opaque burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of baked strawberries and rhubarb, caramel yogurt, and berry candle drippings with a supple, tart, finely carbonated, sweet-and-sour full body and a tingling, complex, very long wild strawberry vinaigrette, pickled melon, and chocolate smoked nuts finish. A rich, layered fruit beer with pleasing hints of sourness and smoke.
Delafield Brewhaus Strawberry Ale
92 points
Bright copper pink color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry preserves on toast, honey butter, and powdered almond cookie with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length strawberry shortcake and white strawberry melon salad finish. A charming, super sessionable, strawberry flavored beer.
Full Sail Brewing Co. IPApaya IPA
92 points
Bright golden amber color. Citrusy, herbal aromas and flavors of pineapple-papaya cream Danish, golden raisin bread, and peach endive salad with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length herb toast point, bitter greens, and peppercorns finish. A delicious, nicely articulated fruited IPA with fine balance and sessionability.
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 cherry pits and pomegranate seeds, reduced lemon, grilled romaine, and marinated artichoke hearts finish. An elegant, refined sour ale reminiscent of a fine wine.
Samuel Adams American Kriek
92 points
Brilliant sunburst color. Aromas of cherry compote, spiced melon, and praline with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, medium-length molasses cake, dried cherries, caramelized citrus peels, and sun-dried tomato finish. A nice, mellow, lightly sour cherry ale.
Samuel Adams Tropic of Yuzu Flavored Ale
92 points
Bright gold color. Toasty, spicy aromas and flavors of frosted spice cake, yuzu-ginger relish, and cracked celery with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length lemongrass and lime leaves, bitter greens, and honey buttered toast finish. A nice exotically citrusy and herbal beer that will be great with Asian dishes.
Awards: 2017 Best Fruit Flavored Ale
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 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 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 reduced orange and mesclun with herb vinaigrette finish. A nice toasty, fruity sour beer that is very approachable.
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Organic Apricot Ale
91 points
Hazy gold color. Inviting, fruity aromas and flavors of dried apricot, peach tea, and wax-lined box of graham crackers with a round, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, long apricot tart, watercress, and peach-orange salsa finish. A purely flavored, finely balanced, and appetizing apricot ale.
Awards: 2017 Best English Beer
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Calabaza Blanca Sour White Ale
90 points
Hazy yellow color. Green, herbal aromas and flavors of floral herbs, orange spice cake, lemon-ramp vinaigrette, and barn wood with a supple, tangy, spritzy, off-dry medium body and an effortless, interesting, crisp orange and lemon zests, green apple, watercress, and honeycomb finish. A very approachable and well-balanced, vinous sour ale that will shine at the table.
New Glarus Brewing Co. R&D Pommier Sauvage Fruited Sour
90 points
Clear light emerald straw color. Interesting, savory aromas and flavors of wet clay and wax, desiccated green apples and pineapples, olive tapenade on sourdough, and honey keffir with a supple, tart, effervescent, sourish medium-to-full body and a silky, medium-long lemon zest, apple-mint vinaigrette, and minerals finish. A delightfully nuanced sour ale with hints of cider and honey.
Owl’s Brew The Blondie Radler
90 points
Cloudy opaque light gold color. Aromas and flavors of citrus peels, lemon poppyseed muffin, dried apricot and papaya, and alfalfa with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-full body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long honeyed peach skin, floral white tea, tangerine sorbet, and lettuce finish. A super tasty citrus-peach flavored ale with instant appeal.
Awards: 2017 Best Radler/Shandy
Shmaltz Brewing Company Hop Momma Flavored IPA
90 points
Brilliant gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of honeyed peach spice cake, toasted herbs, grilled tropical fruits, and floral tea with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, long citrus peels, pine, radicchio, and chili pepper finish. A successful marriage of fruit, hops and a dash of heat, perfect for Latin fare.
Bravo! All Star Sour Power Blackberry Berliner Weisse
89 points
Bright red oak color. Fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry jelly on toast and buttery corn pudding with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, breezy blackberry vinaigrette on greens, smoked nuts, and grilled baguette finish. A super approachable berry flavored, lightly sour and smoky wheat ale.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Gose
89 points
Clear old gold color. Attractive, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of toasted peach pastry and lemon butter on toast with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, engaging, long oat cereal, lemon granita, sea salt, and radish finish. A refreshing and well balanced gose that would be a great introduction to the style.
Awards: 2017 Best Gose
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co. Simcoe Sour Saison
89 points
Dusty old gold color. Hoppy, herbal aromas and flavors of toasted lemon herb muffin, exotic peppercorns, dried fruits, and rhubarb pie crust with a supple, racy, effervescent, sourish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long citrus peels, pine sap, and mango-peach salsa finish. A nice hoppy sour beer that whets the appetite.
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Porcupine de Amore Oak Aged Sour Ale
89 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of brown butter on graham cracker, dried tropical fruits, horseradish mustard, and ammoniated cheese with a supple, tart, effervescent, sweet-and-sour medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long bitter greens and bark and mango-herb vinaigrette finish. A very tart and bitter sour ale for the table.
New Glarus Brewing Co. R&D Champ Du Blanc Fruited Sour
89 points
Clear light gold color. Vinous aromas and flavors of dried stone fruits, lemon vinaigrette, pineapple creme brulee, and chives with a supple, tart, effervescent, sourish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long caramelized apples and peaches, bitter greens, mint, and earth finish. A lush and multifaceted sour beer with a complex vinous character.
Samuel Adams Porch Rocker Flavored Lager
89 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon-lime soda and ginger ale, lemongrass scone, and lime leaves with a silky, bright, fizzy, light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length buttered toast, melon, and Arnold Palmer finish. A nice, super crushable, lemony summer beer.
Blue Pants Brewery Dry Hop Sour Eureka
88 points
Clear old gold color. Hoppy, green aromas and flavors of green herbs and hop dust, haystack, dried tropical fruits, and grilled salmon skin with a supple, tangy, spritzy, sourish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length apricot marmalade on herb toast, green apple and lemon, and oat cereal finish. A pleasant hoppy sour beer.
Harpoon Brewery Camp Wannamango
87 points
Brilliant old gold color. Hoppy, herbal aromas and flavors of oregano, pine, dried tropical fruits, and hop pellets with a supple, bright, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long mango-mint chutney on toast, fruit stripe gum, rapini, and tamarind finish. An interesting mix of bitter hoppy astringency and mellow, dry tropical fruit that will please hopheads.
North Coast Brewing Co. Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse
87 points
Brilliant dark copper color. Fruity aromas and flavors of overripe cherry, cinnamon graham cracker, herbal honeycomb, and apple jacks cereal with a supple, lively, sourish light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-length cherry preserves on sourdough toast, pickled beans, nuts, and limeade finish. A rock solid tart wheat ale with cherries.
Red Stripe Lemon Paradise Flavored Lager
87 points
Brilliant light gold color. Confected aromas of powdered lemonade mix, concentrated lime juice, and fruit salad with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, relaxed honeyed lemon ice tea, lemon and apple sorbets, and mojito finish. A sweet, honeyed lemon shandy for crushing on a hot day at the beach; try as a beertail.
Red Stripe Sorrel Flavored Lager
87 points
Minutely hazy amber pink color. Interesting, exotic aromas and flavors of grilled ginger root, peppercorn smoked sausage, turmeric tea, and pimento with a supple, lively, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long sweet hibiscus tea, lemonade, and greens finish. A exotic and deliciously flavorful gingery shandy.
Stevens Point Brewery Siesta Key Citrus Pale Ale
87 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Herbal, hoppy aromas and flavors of floral herbs and hops and honey roasted citrus and mango with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium grapefruit peel, pepper, and rapini finish. A boldly bitter and citrus hoppy fruit-flavored ale.
Buffalo Bills Brewery Strawberry Doppel Weizen
86 points
Cloudy deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of wet grains and paper, plantains, and banana-strawberry yogurt with a supple, soft, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy banana nut muffin, orange-strawberry chiffon, and cream of wheat finish. A low-key lightly fruit wheat ale that drinks like a fruited Hefeweizen.
Awards: 2017 Best Flavored Wheat Beer
Bear Republic Brewing Co. Wild Tartare
85 points
Hazy yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of reduced lemon, honeyed quince, marinated artichoke hearts, and boiled potato with a supple, puckering, effervescent, sourish medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long pickled turnip and rutabaga and lemon-nectarine relish finish. A nice balance of fruit and savory vegetable flavors bound by tart acidity keeps this lively and interesting; only sour enthusiasts need apply.
Knee Deep Brewing Co. Man Juice IPA
85 points
Bright golden yellow color. Smoky, citrusy aromas and flavors of grilled citrus and pepper bread and toasted herbs with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dryish medium body and a warming, medium-length grilled radicchio, dried citrus, pepper, and fruit gum finish. A big, hoppy fruit-flavored IPA.
Lindemans Peche Peach Lambic
85 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of dried peaches, suede, cajeta, and prairie flower with a supple, tangy, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long honeyed peach cobbler, bit of grass, and peach yogurt finish. A nice tangy peach lambic the will be great with desserts or beertails.
Pearl Street Brewery 17 Up Anniversary Gose
85 points
Dull golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of honey roasted lemons and limes, lemon cake and key lime pie, and floral talc with a silky, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length buttered pretzel bread toast, apple jacks cereal, and lemon yogurt finish. A tasty well balanced lime and lemon flavored, slightly sour beer.
Stevens Point Brewery Coast Radler
85 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Attractive aromas and flavors of grapefruit soda and honeyed lemon ice tea with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy grapefruit-orange sherbet and lemon bubblegum wrapper finish. A pleasant crushable radler.
Buffalo Bills Brewery Strawberry Blonde Ale
84 points
Bright old gold color. Spicy aromas and flavors of shaved ginger, shredded wheat, and galangal with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dryish light body and a brisk bitter greens and citrus rind, pepper bread, and tonic water finish. A light and astringent gingery beer.
Pearl Street Brewery Raspberry Tambois Sour Belgian Style Ale
84 points
Dark brick red color. Fruity aromas of raspberry candy and sherbet, raspberry jam on raisin toast, and oysters with mignonette with a sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length tart berries. lime and tamarind, burnt rubber, and berry candle drippings finish. A tart sour berry for the table.
Roc Brewing Co. Orange is the New Cranberry Sour
84 points
Brilliant minutely hazy copper pink color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry basket, mossy limestone, cranberry bog water, and wet tea leaves with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dryish medium body and a seamless, interesting, relaxed citrus and berry seeds and buttered toast finish. A toasty lightly berry accented sour beer with a rosé like character.
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. Seven Planets Kettle Sour
84 points
Brilliant amber color. Aromas and flavors of maple syrup, molasses drizzled grains, waxy bit o’ honey candy wrapper, and wet glue with a supple, effervescent, dryish watery body and a peculiar, medium-length nutshell and wet bark finish. An odd assemblage of discordant flavors.
Samuel Adams Summer Lemon Wheat Ale
83 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted lemon herb muffin, flower garden, peppercorns and coriander, and wheat germ with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, cheery celery and bibb lettuce finish. An attractive and dainty summer sipper.
High Heel Brewing Slingback Fruit Beer
82 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas of grilled fruit salad, roasted artichoke and eggplant, chamomile tea, and scented candle with a supple, tart, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, easy bitter greens, nettles, fruit skins, and hint of white ash finish. A savory and lightly sour fruit ale.
Pearl Street Brewery Pearl-iner Weisse Sour Wheat Beer
82 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Curious aromas of sticky oatmeal, paper mache, composted lemons and tea leaves, and waxy honeycomb and asparagus with a supple, racy, effervescent, bittersweet thin body and a tingling, engaging, breezy egg sandwich and cheerios cereal finish. A toasty, piquant Berliner weisse.
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat Ale
82 points
Brilliant gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of maraschino cherry, marzipan and baklava pastry, and lemon chiffon pie with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk toast, arugula, cherry skins, and lemon finish. A pleasant cherry flavored wheat ale.
August Schell Brewing Co. Electrik Empress Plum Berliner Weiss
81 points
Murky deep amber color. Curious aromas and flavors of paper mache, rubber band, waxy honeycomb, and ham and pickle sandwich in a ziploc with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-long pickled plum and mushrooms, candle wax, grass, and berry granita finish. A tart, earthy fruit sour.
Blue Pants Brewery Gose
81 points
Clear golden yellow color. Interesting aromas and flavors of honey roasted nuts, buttered porridge, dried flowers, and saltine with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, cheery granola in yougrt and lemon buttercream finish. A buttery gose for everyday enjoyment.
Narragansett Brewing Company Dels Shandy
80 points
Bright gold color. Odd aromas and flavors of curry and lime leaves, espazote and nopales, roasted lemon, and clay with a supple, prickly, fizzy, bittersweet medium body and a tingling, long bitter lemon rind and nettles finish. An astringently sharp and austere lemon rind flavored beer.
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