Speciation Artisan Ales Hopeful Monster

Hopeful Monster

 

Speciation Artisan Ales in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States 🇺🇸

Sour Ale - Fruited Rotating
Score
8.09
ABV: 7.5% IBU: - Ticks: 8
Oak-Aged Solera Sour Ale with Black Currants
 

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7.8
Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 8

Bottle at tasting. Aroma of rich cherry, oak, ripe red fruit, tart, acidic sourness and red berries. Taste has strong sour red fruit, tart, acidic sourness, red berries, oak and a really sour finish. Really sour, but also strong fruit flavors.

Tried from Bottle on 19 Sep 2020 at 18:10


8.3
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 10 | Overall - 9

Bottle @ The Annual Icelandic Beer Festival 2018. Pours dark purpleish red with a medium pink head. Notes of black currants, sweet oaky notes, light funk, subtle lactic acidity.

Tried from Bottle on 06 Nov 2019 at 16:55


9

Tried from Draft on 23 Aug 2019 at 13:48



9
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 10

Great reddish color, pinkish head, lots of red fruits, oak, dry, lactic sourness, black currants, buttermilk, fantastic fresh fruity flavors Purchased at BeerTemple

Tried on 13 Jun 2019 at 08:26


9

Great reddish color, pinkish head, lots of red fruits, oak, dry, lactic sourness, black currants, buttermilk, fantastic fresh fruity flavors

Tried from Draft at BeerTemple on 06 Jun 2019 at 16:46


8.3
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

Bottle - pours pinkish with pink white head - nose and taste of black currant, oak light sourness - medium bodied.

Tried from Bottle on 20 Dec 2018 at 23:36


8.5
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2018 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red, light orange/purple color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy pink head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy black currants, raspberry, blueberry, fruit skin/seeds, cherry, lemon, lime, green apple, melon, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of pepper, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, black currants, and moderate pale malt/oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour/tart/tangy black currants, raspberry, blueberry, fruit skin/seeds, cherry, lemon, lime, green apple, melon, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of pepper, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and light yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy black currants, raspberry, blueberry, fruit skin/seeds, cherry, lemon, lime, green apple, melon, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, pepper, light leather/funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, black currants, and moderate pale malt/oak flavors; with a great malt/tart/sourness and tangy fruit balance, with minimal puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tart/sourness, tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.6%. Overall this is an amazing fruited sour/wild ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, black currants, and moderate pale malt/oak flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Amazing balance of jammy currants and well rounded Brett/bacteria complexity; nice oak presence and pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity. A highly amazing offering, and spot on style example. Best solera sour variation yet.

Tried from Bottle on 10 Aug 2018 at 01:17