Red Collar Cherry Sour
Reviewed by Brady White on July 7, 2016 in Summer Guide
- Brewery: Red Collar Brewing Co.
- Origin: Kamloops, BC, CA
- Rated On: July 7, 2016
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 7.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Kettle Sour
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 650ml bottle pours a very pale, salmon-tinged golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly faintly pink head, which leaves a bit of bleeding paint swath lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.
It smells of musty dark cherry flesh, some muddled lactic sourness, unlit matchsticks, earthy yeast, a weak grainy pale maltiness, and ethereal weedy and floral hop bitters. The taste is bready and lightly crackery pale malt, cherry-flavoured yogurt, a twinge of balsamic vinegar, further indistinct dark orchard fruity notes, a kind of metallic minerality, and more unheralded leafy, weedy, and gently perfumed floral hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly encompassing in its sturdy frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, none of the souring agents here (either lactic or fruity) really caring to make an oafish ass of themselves, apparently. It finishes off-dry, the mixed berry fruitiness and base malt starting to reel in the overall tartness level.
Well, I gotta say, this is one enjoyable and refreshing sour fruit ale, as the biggest thing I can think of to describe it in summation, is well-balanced. Yeah, the fruit, malt, lactic sourness, and hops all work pretty much seamlessly together, under the essentially invisible yoke of the 7-pointer alcohol. Good, good stuff.