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

Shortfuse Brewing Tropical Hurt Locker Fruited Sour Ale
93 points
Cloudy peachy copper color. Aromas and flavors of fresh, first harvest raspberries, peppercorn, and hints of dill and pickling spices with a satiny, tart, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-long finish that shows notes of tangy raspberry tea and hints of mango. A natural, deliciously balanced raspberry sour to share.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Sour Ale
Fractal Brewing Project Guava Mango Fruited Sour
92 points
Fractal Brewing Project 3200 Leeman Ferry Rd SW Huntsville, AL, 35801, USA https://fractalbrewing.com/about/ robo@fractalbrewing.com
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal
Humble Sea Brewing Company ReJoyce Solera Saison
91 points
Humble Sea Brewing Company 820 Swift St Santa Cruz, CA, 95060, USA https://humblesea.com nick@humblesea.com
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Bronze Medal
Church Street Brewing Company Sour Ale with Blueberry and Vanilla
90 points
Church Street Brewing Company 1480 Industrial Dr Unit C Itasca, IL, 60143, USA https://www.churchstreetbrew.com chuck@churchstreetbrew.com
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!
Vancouver Island Brewing Rainshadow Twin City Brewing Collab Sour Ale
88 points
Sunburst in color, with vibrant aromas of wild raspberry, cranberry, strawberry tops, and toast. On the palate, crisp acidity brings cherry coulis, berry layer bar, watermelon, and rose petal flavors into a smooth, medium-to-long finish. A vivacious and pure sour ale that’s expressive and nuanced.
Elmhurst Brewing Company Far From The Tree Red Dragon Fruit Sour Ale
87 points
Bright sunburst color. Aromas of ripe mango, cassis, and strawberry jam with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry light body and a graceful, rapid toasted oats, watermelon candies and honey-nut cereal finish. A twisting and turning Sour Ale with a tropical and malty character.
Great Divide Brewing Co. Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale
85 points
Great Divide Brewing Co. 2201 Arapahoe St. Denver, CO, 80205-2512, USA greatdivide.com info@greatdivide.com