Hermitage Brewing Company Blood Orange American Sour
What the brewers say
“We blended beautiful blood oranges into a tart and refreshing blonde ale and aged it in our cellar for eighteen months, creating a juicy sour with lots of citrus and a hint of sweet berry.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Smells like a sour candy. Orange, lemon. Tartness. Ethyl acetate/nail polish remover. Some old barnyard aroma—wood and leather. Caramel with light oak character mixed with a fruity orange flavor. Light alcohol warming.”
Flavor: “Very tart, very sour, like a WARHEADS candy. Orange citrus and a bit of cranberry. Very tart, both lactic and citric. Nice funk in aftertaste. Light sweetness in the middle of the sip that quickly fades. Finishes with large tartness and orange with a light astringency.”
Overall: “This beer is intense. It has very assertive fruitiness with big orange and lime flavors, and a big tartness that stays with you. Some may have a love-hate relationship with this beer, finding it very strong but finding new flavors with each sip. You may want only 12oz of this and then move on to something a little less forceful.”
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