New Belgium Fat Sour Apple Ale

Reviewed by on August 4, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: New Belgium Brewing

  • Origin: Fort Collins, CO, US

  • Rated On: August 4, 2016

  • Best Before: November 20, 2016

  • ABV: 5.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Sour Fruit Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Fat Sour Apple Ale is part of the mixed 12-pack of these Fat Tire and Friends collaboration brews, this time with Hopworks Urban Brewery out of Portland, Oregon.

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some complex de-icing windshield lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly recedes.

It smells of musty apple cider, sour white wine vinegar, gritty and gently toasted wheat malt, a further dry graininess, some lemon and underripe cherry fruitiness, and faint hints of leafy, weedy, and grassy green hop bitters.  The taste is grainy and crackery caramel malt, green apple puree, sour yeast, some indistinct peppery spice notes, more wan lemony tartness, and a subtle sense of leafy, weedy, and sort of perfumed floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite plain in its generic and barely there frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, nothing really existing here that could make much of a fuss, as such.  It finishes trending dry, the soft (hard) cider character re-asserting itself.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough ‘sour’ apple ale, as it is definitely more apple-forward than sour, which is absolutely fine by me.  That said, there’s a certain plainness to the whole affair that does little to surpass the base Fat Tire’s simplicity, and that would put a dot on it for me, in terms of additional rounds.

Brady White



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