Style: Quick Tart and Sour Beer
Exile Beatnik Sour
What the brewers say
“Tart and acidic, Beatnik Sour is everything your conventional beer isn’t. Unfiltered and extra pale with a pure white crown, we kettle soured the wort with Lactobacillus, leaving a refreshing lactic tartness that puckers your palate.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Grapefruit with sweet-and-tart sourness, and a straw, earthy—perhaps light rubber—character that fades as the beer sits. Nice, light pale malt in the background, and no hops aroma.”
Flavor: “Strong sourness that lingers for quite some time, as well as some assertive mineral flavors that are accentuated by the carbonation. Moderate sweetness from the fruity raspberry and light grapefruit (without the sour) that has a light, pithy finish. A light salty character adds to the beer. Finishes clean and refreshing.”
Overall: “This is a full-flavored, big Berliner that’s not for the faint of heart. It’s sweeter that other examples with a bit more body. It’s not traditional, but very tasty, well put together, and drinkable. Reminiscent of eating half a grapefruit at breakfast on a sunny California morning.”
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