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Riwaka Sour - Big Thorn Farm

Riwaka Sour

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Overall: 8.65/10 by 1 dude

Trend: 8.65/10 over past 5 reviews

Style: American Wild Ale

ABV: 5.00%

Season: One-Time

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  • A: 7.3 | T: 9.3 | L: 8.6 | M: 8.8 | O: 8.9
  • Color: Gold
  • Pours perfectly clear. Big, two inches or more, of pure white foam. Retention is not quite average. No lacing.

    Aroma is barnyard: hay and horse for sure. Assuming the Riwaka hops have fallen at this point. Brett is solid but one noted.

    Taste is crazy surprising and great! The Brett in the aroma is more in your face but tart, not quite sour, but hedging that way. Funky finish.

    Medium body, possibly less. Great carbonation for the style, seemingly fighting the acidic tartness for balance. Crisp, sharp finish.

    I would have like to try this beer fresh to see the element and possibly complexity that the Riwaka hops would bring, especially to the one dimensional aroma. Solid beer makes me interested in finding more this brewery and believe that the ratings on the internet might be a bit skewed. Enjoy!
  • Reviewed: Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 16:29:06
  • Tasted: Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • $9.99 for 750 ml bottle
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Beer Notes
  • Dry-hopped with Riwaka hops from New Zealand, this kettle-soured what beer has distinct notes of tart and juicy pineapple. Aging on toasted logs from our woods gives a round complexity that finishes mellow and familiar. Bottle-conditioned in our earth-bermed cellar.
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  • $9.99, 1 serving(s), 750 ml bottles
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