Style: Kettle or Quick Sour

ABV: 8.0

99/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 20
Mouthfeel: 5

Alvarado Street Brewery Hot Pink Sherburps

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What the brewers say

“A sherbet-inspired sour ale with guava, grapefruit, dragon fruit, and pomegranate.”

What our panel thought

“A refined, tropical-fruit-punch character—the dragon fruit/grapefruit combo works especially well, and the guava adds an earthiness without coming across like dirty socks. The classic beer-flavor element is minimal. Thoroughly enjoyable—tropical without the generic Kool-Aid quality. Dragon fruit lends it a beautiful pink color. Big tropical-fruit aroma transitions into big tropical-fruit flavor, while the moderate sweetness throughout is balanced by a moderate acidity. Finishes with tart fruit character. Big flavors, but it works and finds an overall balance. Fun beer!”

What our editors thought

“A rare beer in the category that nails the duality of fan-pleasing, indulgent sour fruit beer and pensive, layered sipper. The tropical pink-lemonade nose is familiar and suggestive; farther afield, tropical notes work their way into the aromatic conversation. The sip is sweet with a mild citrus-acid element, but as you swallow a guava tartness takes hold alongside tropical bitterness. Like a well-crafted pop song, it’s so catchy that even the most hardened critic can’t stop humming the tune.

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