Kulture Clash Clear Mind Set to Release as Latest Hybrid Offering from Rogue Ales & Brew Dr. Kombucha

kulture_clash_2019_hero-photo_trimmed_top-175x588Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it has teamed up with Brew Dr. Kombucha (Portland, Oregon) once again for the April release of Kulture Clash Clear Mind, a new beer- kombucha hybrid.

Arriving as the follow-up to Rogue’s 2018 release of Kulture Clash and a continued celebration of “two Oregon fermenters”,  Kulture Clash Clear Mind is a hybrid-style beer that combines an Imperial Blonde Ale from Rogue and Brew Dr.’s Clear Mind kombucha.  This “otherworldly” union supplies its drinker with “bright notes of citrus” alongside “subtle flavors of rosemary, mint, sage and green tea.”  Coming in at an “incredibly smooth” 6.9% ABV, Kulture Clash Clear Mind is “perfect for incorporating into a self-care Sunday routine, whether it’s a spring hike or a relaxing afternoon off.”

“We loved last year’s Kulture Clash so much we knew we had to do something with Brew Dr. again this year,” says Rogue President Dharma Tamm. “Our imperial blonde ale rounds out the mint and sage notes of the kombucha. The combination creates a really delicious spring beer.”

Kulture Clash Clear Mind will release on April 1 and is scheduled to hang around until the end of April 2019.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 750ml painted bottles at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Kulture Clash Clear Mind from Rogue Ales & Brew Dr. Kombucha 

Release – Limited, April 2019
Style – Hybrid Ale (Imperial Blonde Ale & Kombucha) 
ABV – 6.9%
IBUs – 4
Featured Kombucha – Clear Mind from Brew Dr. Kombucha 
Fun Fact – Matt Thomas, founder and CEO of Brew Dr. Kombucha, on the label artwork for Kulture Clash Clear Mind: ““The image of Otis the sloth levitating and meditating on the front of the bottle embodies how we like to feel every day, but especially on Sundays.  He’s so mellow and serene, and after drinking Kulture Clash Clear Mind, so are we.”
Availability – 750ml painted bottles 
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

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Tasting Notes: Outta Line IPA from Rogue Ales

RogueOuttaLinePourx600For this installment of Tasting Notes, we continue to steer our recent IPA-fueled adventure westward as we get into a pour of Outta Line IPA from Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon).

Brewed to be a celebration of “those who have the courage to do their own thing”, Outta Line is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale “that opens with tangerine and mango, balanced by malt sweetness and a crisp hop bite.” Clocking in at 6.9% ABV and 66 IBUs, Outta Line is a perfect go-to beer “for those who live outside the lines.”

Outta Line IPA is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.

Ok . . . now that we are all caught up on this brew’s background info, what do say we get a little Outta Line in some Tasting Notes?

Tasting Notes for Outta Line IPA from Rogue Ales

Appearance: Outta Line is a deep, honey-like orange in color with bright yellow hues bursting at its sides and capped with two fingers of slightly off-white foam.  When held to direct light, the orange hues brighten and the yellows radiate with vibrancy.  The beer is pristine in clarity and displays a steady carbonation presence streaming within.  Head retention is decent, falling to a fine ring that scatters foamy patterns of sticky lace across the glass throughout the experience.

Aroma: Coy at the start, the hop presence builds slowly with notes of mango, orange, peach, blueberry and grapefruit. The hops gain confidence and open further to reveal a soft pine note, a firm floral character, and a super enticing presence of spicy dankness.  The malts hang back here, lurking in the background with notes of caramel and lightly toasted grain. The aromatics close with a gentle waft of alcohol. Nicely reserved but filled with complexity.

Taste: Tangerine peel gets the flavor profile off to a tangy, hoppy citrus start.  The fruitiness then blooms to offer tropical notes of mango, pineapple and grapefruit.  The hop presence then shifts as resinous pine and straight dank herb settle in to create that classic, in-your-face West Coast-style goodness.  The malts sneak in near the end to lend a touch of balance with some lightly sweet, crackery and earthy (wet grain) tones.

Mouthfeel: On the heavier side of medium in body with a medium carbonation level, this IPA has a soft, silken texture but still dries out nicely.  It leans to the hoppy/bitter side, but that is kept in check with a stealthy and balancing malt presence.  Only really present in the aroma at times, the ABV is well tempered and gives off very little heat.  Pine resin and citrus zest are left behind in the aftertaste.

Final Thoughts:  Outta Line is a solid nod back to the good ol’ days when West Coast IPAs ruled the craft beer scene, but it is one that is still willing to adopt an aspect or two of the IPA trends of today.  Sure . . . it has a good deal of that resiny, ultra-dank hop bite, but the hops’ juicy characteristics get equal billing, the IBUs feel as though they have been dialed down a bit, and the bitterness does not come close to approaching anything that hit during the IBU wars of yore.  Is that a bad thing? No. This West Coast IPA avoids shock value and palate wrecking so that it can embrace supreme drinkability while still holding on to a satisfying amount of hop flavor, aroma and bitterness.  It aims to reach daily drinker/go-to status, and it hits that mark squarely.  Be sure to grab a sixer of Outta Line IPA the next time you find yourself roaming the beer aisle in search of something new and incredibly easy-drinking.  Prost!

 

Rogue Ales Introduces Rhubarb Schmubarb as Newest Seasonal

RogueLogoRedRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has announced that Rhubarb Schmubarb will officially join the brewery’s Seasonal lineup in March 2019.

Created with inspiration sourced from “the seedlings grown in the Rogue Farms Revolution Garden”, Rhubarb Schmubarb is a fruited ale that is “delightfully tart from the rhubarb, but balanced by the sweetness of Oregon strawberries.”  Weighing in at an easy-drinking 5.9% ABV and 8 IBUs, Rhubarb Schmubarb is “a little sweet, a little tart and ideal for late-spring and early summer sipping.”

“We dedicate our farm-inspired beers to farmers and gardeners everywhere because we know the hard work and dedication that goes into growing incredible ingredients,” says Rogue President Dharma Tamm. “As farmers and gardeners ourselves, we believe the best beer comes from the best ingredients, and our beers are our way of toasting all the hard work that goes into the things we most enjoy.”

Rhubarb Schmubarb will officially launch in March and is scheduled to hang around through June 2019.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Rhubarb Schmubarb from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal, March – June 2019
Style – Fruit Beer
ABV – 5.9%
IBUs – 8
Grains – 2-Row, Munich, Dextrapils Malts; Flaked Corn & Rolled Oats
Hops – Mosaic 
Yeast – Pacman
Added Ingredients – Rhubarb, Strawberries & Lactose
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Rogue Ales Adds Outta Line and Batsquatch IPAs to Year-Round Lineup

Rogue2019IPAsRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it will launch two new Year-Round IPAs in 2019: Outta Line West Coast IPA and Batsquatch Hazy IPA.

Brewed to be a celebration of “those who have the courage to do their own thing”, Outta Line is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale “that opens with tangerine and mango, balanced by malt sweetness and a crisp hop bite.”  Clocking in at 6.9% ABV and 66 IBUs, Outta Line is a perfect go-to beer “for those who live outside the lines.”

Swooping in from the other side of the IPA spectrum to serve as the first Hazy IPA to join Rogue’s Year-Round portfolio, Batsquatch boasts “bold tropical aromas, flavors of stonefruit and tangerine, and a fruity citrus rind finish.”  Batsquatch weighs in at 6.7% ABV and 45 IBUs.

“In the beginning, 30 years ago, we were told that nobody would ever drink Rogue beers because they were too hoppy,” says Rogue Brewmaster John Maier. “People started calling me ‘More Hops’ because of my love of hop-forward beers and I still wear it like a badge of honor.” Batsquatch and Outta Line aren’t palate destroyingly bitter, but they are intentionally brewed with strong hop character. “These beers are the epitome of their respective styles,” says Maier. “We hope people will enjoy and have as much fun with them as we do.”

Outta Line is scheduled to release nationwide on January 1, 2019 with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  Available only in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft, Batsquatch will initially launch in Oregon and Washington only in January with a nationwide release slated to follow on March 1, 2019.  Prost!

Vital Information for Outta Line West Coast IPA from Rogue Ales

Release – Year-Round, launching January 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.9%
IBUs – 66
Hops – Mosaic, Simcoe & Rogue Farms Rebel
Malts – 2-Row, Munich, GWM Brūmalt & Wheat
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Vital Information for Batsquatch Hazy IPA from Rogue Ales

Release – Year-Round; launching in Oregon & Washington in January 2019, nationwide March 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.7%
IBUs – 45
Hops – Mosaic, El Dorado & Belma
Malts – 2-Row, Flaked Wheat & Malted Wheat
Fun Fact – On the beer’s name: “Batsquatch is a Hazy IPA dedicated to the half-bat half-sasquatch creature that, according to legend, resides in the woods on Mount St. Helens.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

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Rogue Ales Kicks Off 2019 with Return of Straight Outta Newport . . . Oregon DIPA

RogueSTONO4packRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that its fan-favorite Straight Outta Newport . . . Oregon Double IPA, a liquid celebration of the Oregon Coast, will return in January 2019.

Back for a second year in a row, Straight Outta Newport . . . Oregon is a “huge” West Coast India Pale Ale that squeezes “intense notes of tropical fruit and citrus” from the featured Citra, Mosaic and Comet hops.  Clocking in at an “uncompromising” 8.7% ABV and 73 IBUs, Straight Outta Newport is sure “to satisfy the thirstiest hop heads” out there.

“This is our biggest and boldest IPA packed with ridiculous amounts of Citra, Mosaic and Comet hops,” says Innovation Brewer Michael King. “The beer upends expectations for double IPAs—it has huge hop character and flavor but is surprisingly easy to drink.”

Straight Outta Newport . . . Oregon releases in January 2019 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Straight Outta Newport . . . Oregon from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited, January 2019
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.7%
IBUs – 73
Hops – Citra, Mosaic, Comet, Hallertau & Magnum
Malts – Rogue Farms Dare, Pilsner, Goldpils Vienna & Dextrapils
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “Straight Outta Newport’s label art pays homage to Newport’s iconic Yaquina Bay Bridge and the Rogue brewers who collaborated on crafting this beer. ‘By looking at the Straight Outta Newport can, you can see exactly what matters to us: our coastal roots and the brewers who create the incredible beers we drink,’ says Rogue General Manager Dharma Tamm.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Tasting Notes: Counter Currant from Rogue Ales

RogueCounterCurrantPour_editedTasting Notes is back to close out yet another week and this time around we are focusing our attention on Counter Currant from Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon).

Born out of inspiration sourced from the black currants grown at Rogue FarmsCounter Currant is a “ground to glass” Fruit Beer that features “rich flavors of black currant and a dry, tart finish.” Light in body and a “deep purple in color”, Counter Currant (6.4% ABV) is an eye-catching, “food-friendly” brew that will be at home on just about any table during the holiday season.

Counter Currant launched earlier this month and will be available through February 2019.  You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.

Now that we are all a bit more familiar with this beer’s background, let’s dive into these Tasting Notes and see where the Counter Currant takes us!

Tasting Notes for Counter Currant from Rogue Ales

Appearance:  A gentle pour produces a beer that is an incredibly rich purple in color and wearing over two fingers of dense, dark pink foam that rises well above the brim of the glass.  When held to direct light, garnet tones push through to add a pop of vibrancy.  The beer is far too dark to provide any visual indication of the carbonation level.  Head retention is fantastic, falling ever so slowly to a creamy 1/4 finger top cap that leaves some seriously chunky lace patterns on the glass after each sip.

Aroma:  The first thing to hit the nose is an aroma that is strikingly similar to straight up cranberry juice.  This opens further to offer a bright note of black currant and a slightly sweeter presence of blackberry and blueberry.  An earthy and slightly spicy hop character comes in near the end of the profile to attempt some balance, but this beer is all about a sublime level of fruitiness here.

Taste:  Black currant is quick to grab the palate with a sharp level of tartness and a slightly tannic presence.  This sharpness is rapidly tempered with a rush of sweetness that takes the form of blackberry jam and cranberry cocktail.  Earthy hops mingle with those tannic notes to offer equal parts balance and support.  A bit of biscuity malt slides in near the finish but is quickly lost in all this tart and tangy fruitiness.

Mouthfeel:  On the lighter side of medium in body with a middling carbonation level, Counter Currant has a nice weight to it and a silken texture on the palate.  The beer’s tart, tangy and sweet notes all work together to find a sense of balance and achieve a pretty dry finish.  The ABV is nicely masked by the tartness and does not feel anywhere near 6.4%.  The aftertaste is all berry goodness.

Final Thoughts: After finishing off this glass, one thing has become quite clear: Counter Currant pulls zero punches and does all that it can to let every characteristic of the black currant shine.  This beer is considerably tart/sour – almost aggressively – and it does not appear that Rogue wanted to avoid that for the sake of accessibility.  Instead, they put themselves out there, focused on the main ingredient, and just allowed those black currants to do their thing.  This was a risk for Rogue and we could not be happier that they took it.  It shows that a brewery of their size is still willing to take a chance by embracing an assertive ingredient/flavor profile to produce a beautiful and memorable beer.  We may have already used this word in the description above, but “sublime” is truly the best way to describe Counter Currant.  Be sure to give it a shot before its Seasonal run comes to an end in February.  Prost!

 

Rogue Ales Gets in the Holiday Spirit with Release of Santa’s Private Reserve (2018)

Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced the Limited Release of the 2018 vintage of Santa’s Private Reserve.

Brewed specifically to put a smile on Santa’s face this holiday season, the 2018 release of Santa’s Private Reserve is a Belgian-style Dark Ale that has been tweaked this year to include tangerines and boysenberries. This fruit-laden approach supplies a holly jolly experience that combines “spicy Belgian yeast and roasty malts with the tartness from boysenberries and tangerines [to capture] the flavors of the season.”  Weighing in at 7.9% ABV, Santa’s Private Reserve (2018) “is best when enjoyed with friends, family and reindeer.”

“This year we wanted to be bold and different,” says Rogue Brewmaster John Maier. “So I brewed old St. Nick a Belgian-style beer with a Rogue twist and put his jolly face on the bottle.” 

 

“It’s the perfect beer to drink while double-checking a certain list,” says Claus. 

Santa’s Private Reserve (2018) is rolling out now with plans to hang around through December.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer and Santa-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Santa’s Private Reserve (2018) from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited, mid-November – December 2018
Style- Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV – 7.9%
IBUs – 22
Malts – Munich, Carahell, Special W, Caramalt & C-75
Hops – Magnum & Rogue Farms Independent 
Yeast – Imperial Workhorse
Added Ingredients – Dark Belgian Candi Sugar, Brown Sugar, Tangerines & Boysenberries
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Tasting Notes – Dead ‘N’ Dead from Rogue Ales

RogueDeadx2bFor this week’s installment of Tasting Notes, we dig up some Halloween spirit by getting into a bottle of Dead ‘N’ Dead from Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon).

Developed to be the next “evolution” of Rogue Ales’ long-standing Dead Guy Ale, Dead ‘N’ Dead introduces the brewery’s iconic German Maibock-style Ale to the barrels that once held Dead Guy Whiskey, a spirit “distilled from the same . . . malts as . . . Dead Guy Ale.”  Taking full advantage of being the only brewery-distillery-cooperage in the U.S., Rogue had their brewers, distillers and coopers work together to carefully barrel age this brew for “several months at the Rogue ocean aging room.”  The hard work that went into this treatment pays off as Dead ‘N’ Dead (8.8% ABV) comes together to feature “a strong whiskey nose and added notes of oak and vanilla, with a smooth caramel flavor from the whiskey barrels that balances out Dead Guy Ale’s malty, honey sweetness.”

Dead ‘N’ Dead is available through the end of October in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can expect to find this Limited Release brew at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution footprint.

Now that we are all clued in on how this beer was brought to life, let’s raise some Dead ‘N’ Dead and get into these Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Dead ‘N’ Dead from Rogue Ales

Appearance: A careful pour fills the glass with an apricot-hued, honey brown colored beer that it is topped with just over a finger of creamy, slightly off-white foam.  When held to direct light, that apricot tone intensifies and the overall color shifts to more of a deep amber.  The beer is a touch cloudy but remains mostly clear and displays a dutiful carbonation presence streaming about within.  Head retention falters a bit, falling somewhat quickly to a thin – but lasting – ring that dots the glass with an occasional smattering of lace.

Aroma:  The base beer is first to greet the nose with notes of bready malt, brown sugar, caramel and honey.  The barrel then pushes forward to offer a poised amount of oak and vanilla along with deeper caramel tones.  The profile gracefully closes with gentle notes of earth, leather and just a touch of dark fruit.

Taste:  The whiskey barrel takes lead here as it brings soft notes of oak, vanilla, coconut and booze.  The soul of Dead Guy then rises to support with notes of sweet grain, toasted bread, caramel, honey, and a bit of nuttiness.  The earthiness is a bit more subdued here than it was in the aroma, but tones of citrus (from both the hops and whiskey), leather, and dark fruit (mostly a lovely, deep presence of dates) put in some beautiful work to round everything out in the finish.

Mouthfeel:  On the heavier side of medium in body with a lighter carbonation than expected, this brew has a creamy texture that glides softly across the palate.  The beer works toward balance, but it does end up leaning just a bit in the direction of sweet and boozy.  Speaking of boozy, the 8.8% ABV does supply a building warmth in the throat that reminds you that this is indeed a brew meant for sipping.  Aftertaste is all oak and dark fruit.

Final Thoughts:  All in all, Dead ‘N’ Dead comes together to be a fun and impressive riff on the classic that is Dead Guy Ale.  The Dead Guy Whiskey character is right on point, delivering a citrusy whiskey quality that acts as more of a compliment rather than an overwhelming focus. It is there to enhance the base beer, and it does just that by really drawing out and showcasing the malt bill that it shares with Dead Guy Ale.  Those sweet notes of bread, honey and caramel act as the strong common thread that stitches Dead ‘N’ Dead together to become a seamless, sip-worthy version of Dead Guy that remains just as satisfying and memorable as the original.  Although it comes across as almost effortless, the level of craftsmanship here – like in most Rogue offerings – is remarkable and should be recognized as such.  Be sure to check it out if you get the chance. Prost!

Rogue Ales Counter Currant Set to Release Just in Time for the Holiday Season

Counter_Currant_Staged_WEB-4Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it will introduce Counter Currant, a limited release fruit ale brewed with black currants, in November 2018.

Born out of inspiration sourced from the black currants grown at Rogue Farms, Counter Currant is a “ground to glass” Fruit Beer that features “rich flavors of black currant and a dry, tart finish.” Light in body and a “deep purple in color”, Counter Currant (6.4% ABV) is an eye-catching, “food-friendly” brew that will be at home on just about any table during the upcoming holiday season.

“The berries add layers of flavor to the lightly hopped ale,” says Brewmaster John Maier. “Black currants have a sweet and earthy flavor profile and floral aromatics, which makes this ale a balanced sip with depth of flavor. It’s a great beer to go on your Thanksgiving table.”

Counter Currant will launch in November 2018 and is scheduled to hang around through February 2019.  You can expect to find this Seasonal release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon, Washington and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Counter Currant from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited/Seasonal, November 2018 – February 2019
Style – Fruit Beer
ABV – 6.4%
IBUs – 11
Malts – 2-Row, Munich, Wheat, Red X & Dextrapils
Hops – Rogue Farms Liberty Hops
Yeast – Pacman 
Added Ingredients – Rogue Farms Black Currants
Fun Fact – “Still fairly uncommon in the United States, black currants (also known as cassis) have a cabernet sauvignon-like intensity that is balanced with a strong backbone of acidity and sweetness. This complexity makes Counter Currant food-friendly, just in time for the holiday season.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

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Tasting Notes: Marionberry Sour from Rogue Ales

RogueMSpourFor this edition of Tasting Notes, our week takes a delightfully sour turn as we get into a pour of Marionberry Sour from Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon).

Originally introduced back in July with the intent of being “the most Oregon of all Rogue Farms beers”, Marionberry Sour is a “vibrant violet-hued” American Sour Ale made with Rogue Farms-grown prickless marionberries – “a bigger, juicier and more flavorful variety of blackberry . . . originally developed by Oregon State University researchers in 1956.” Marionberry Sour (6.5% ABV) was specifically brewed “to highlight the tart side of the Marionberry while ensuring a pleasant balance through the fruit’s natural sweetness.”

Marionberry Sour is out now and will be available through October 2018.  You can find this Seasonal brew in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.

Now that the introductions are out of the way, it seems this is the appropriate time to pucker up and lean in for some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Marionberry Sour from Rogue Ales

Appearance: A gentle pour fills the glass with a rose-kissed, cranberry-colored brew that is capped with over a finger of loose, pink-tinged foam.  When held to direct light, the beer glows brilliantly as its pink, purple and red tones all gain an intense vibrancy.  Despite having a slight cloudiness to it, a serious amount of tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen surging throughout.  The head dissipates quickly to a creamy ring that does what it can to leave a few spots of lace behind on the glass.

Aroma: Lush berry goodness abounds as massive notes of blackberry and raspberry billow from the glass.  A touch of dark fruit and sweet grape sneak in to add a bit more depth and complexity to the fruity character.  The profile closes with sweet grains that are quickly overcome by an earthy, musty and slightly funky presence.

Taste:  As one would expect, marionberry is the star here as it quickly grabs hold of the taste buds with tart notes of fresh blackberry and raspberry.  That said, there is also a mixed berry jam note that offers some balancing sweetness to the beer’s more tart and acetic qualities.  Bready, slightly sweet grain further reinforces that balance, creating a note that is similar to toast and jam.  The flavors close out with a soft touch of musty grape and earthy funk.

Mouthfeel:  Medium bodied with a medium carbonation, Marionberry Sour actually has a bit more weight than most sours out there these days.  Both tart and sweet on the palate, this thing is nicely balanced and dries out beautifully.  The 6.5% ABV is nowhere to be found.  Aftertaste is all berry.

Final Thoughts: There is no denying that this offering is an absolutely gorgeous representation of the marionberry, but the truly impressive thing about Marionberry Sour is its overall balance.  Sure, it leads with a sharp, attention-grabbing level of tartness, but that is quickly tempered with the perfect amount of sweetness from the grains and the marionberry’s more jam-like side. The experience is not jaw-clenching sour or overly sweet. It is a balancing act that is teetering confidently somewhere in the middle, resulting in an impossibly dry, incredibly refreshing, and supremely easy-drinking Sour Ale.  Around here, those marks earn this summer beer some space in the beer fridge.  Be sure to check out Marionberry Sour before its Seasonal run comes to an end in October.  Prost!