Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Avery Raspberry Sour (review)

Beer Review #120

I've been working long hours out of town recently. Although I've been away from my internet connection I haven't been far from lots of good beer, local or otherwise. Most recently I enjoyed a bottle of Raspberry Sour from Colorado's Avery Brewing. A few weeks ago I had a taste of the brewer's Maharaja Imperial IPA (review #115), and was quite excited to try another beer from their lineup. I drank this bottle of Raspberry Sour on the deck of my sister's summer home in Watkins Glen NY after a 13 hour shift and scribbled a few notes to aid in this review.

Avery Raspberry Sour is an oak barrel aged sour ale with raspberries added that reminds me very much of Weyerbacher Brewing's Reserva (review #73). Microbes aplenty worked hard to do their magic on this one. Contains Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus.

This sour pours a vibrant reddish-brown with snappy carbonation beneath a quickly fading head of soda-brown foam.

It has a sweet, fruity aroma counter balanced by a horse blanket / band-aid Brett funk.

High carbonation work's well with the strong lip-puckering tartness of lactic acid. Raspberry on the tongue and in the after taste, along with a lingering semi-strong dose of Brett funkiness.

Having explored a handful of Lacto and Brett beers these last two years, sours are growing on me quickly. They don't taste like 'beer' in the sense that most people know (almost more like Wine actually), and I suspect that in a blind taste test the average person wouldn't know what to think of these once rare beer styles that are making a comeback. Its a shame really, because in some ways these beers are more 'easy drinking' than the big IPA's that dominate the 'best selling' section of the craft beer market. While some people will never warm up to huge hops, or thick and bitter dark beers, I can definitely see them enjoying a sour beer.

6.5% ABV

Musical Pairing: Stream of Consciousness by Dream Theater, live in Japan

Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club (Sayre)
I-86 Beer Trail
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly (Waverly)
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
The Grille at the Train Station (Sayre)
River Rat Brew Trail (Central Pa)

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