Red Collar Cherry Sour

Reviewed by on July 7, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • 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 !!

The Review

Kamloops’ Red Collar Brewing has released this kettle sour, which was also fermented on tart red cherries, as one of their current summer seasonals.

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.

Brady White

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