Style: American Wild Ale
Epic Brewing Sour Brainless on Pineapple
What the brewers say
“The intense and complex sour character is developed in oak foeders containing select cultures of Pediococcus and wild yeast. Then we blend the soured beer into oak barrels with pineapple, where it undergoes additional sour fermentation and aging.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Subtle pineapple up front that adds to the sense of big esters when you dig deep. Moderate barnyard Brett funk that tastes young and earthy with some floral qualities. Spicy phenols. Graham-cracker malt, and acetic/ethyl acetate.”
Flavor: “Much more pronounced pineapple here, so vivid that I can almost feel the texture of the pineapple meat. Flickers of artificial pineapple candy kick in, along with some tartness that’s more from the fruit than the fermentation. The sweetness from the fruit almost overwhelms the sourness of the base beer. The mild Brett funk shines through once the sweetness subsides.”
Overall: “There’s a lot of perceived sweetness, but the finish is actually quite dry. Acetic and ethyl acetate balance the perceived sweetness. Notable white-wine character and a very intense pineapple experience. Just a bit rough.”
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