Style: Red Quick Sours
ABV: 8.3 IBU: 35
Fort Collins Brewery Kettle-soured Dark Cherry Red
What the brewers say
“Fermented on dark cherries to provide a hint of sweetness, this imperial red ale uses brewer’s yeast combined with Lactobacillus to give a distinct sourness without being overly puckering. Magnum, Tettnanger and Cascade hops sit pleasantly on the palate."
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Dark fruit notes, including tart cherry, plum, raisin, and dates, with a touch of nutmeg and light sweetness. The moderate malt sweetness comes through as caramel and toast. Just a hint of acidity on the nose, with no hops aroma.”
Flavor: “Big cherry notes, almost cherry pie, with a touch of raisin, date, and almond, and spices of cinnamon and ginger. The complex malt backbone features hints of biscuit and caramel, with bread crust flavors that only enhance the cherry-pie notes. The acidity doesn’t overpower the other flavors but is just enough to accentuate.”
Overall: “Cherries are forward, with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, and the crisp acidity from the Lacto keeps it from being cloying. Everything is well balanced and works together well to create a complex, drinkable, and very interesting beer that works in all aspects.”
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