Paradox Skully Barrel No. 35

Last time I went to The Craft Beer Outlet, they had some Paradox in stock. I didn’t know that Philly got their beers and was insanely excited to give it a shot.


ABV: 8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Salted and dried plums, or Saladitos, are a popular savory candy available in Mexican specialty markets. To create this drinkable homage, we’ve paired those satisfying sweet and salty plum flavors with the tart citrus peel bite of our white wine barrel-aged sour golden ale. What you are holding is a vibrant and piquant beverage meant to stimulate your mind and appetite.”

Random: I really hope the Eagles are decent this year.

This beer poured with a two finger, thin white head. It dissipated instantly and was gone by the time I took the picture. The body was a bright and golden-orange. It was very hazy, so I could not see any carbonation. The nose had a pleasant tartness to it. It had bright citrus along with a musty white wine grape note. After a few sips, it also had a wet dirt note that was unexpected, but not off-putting. The taste was a bit more sweet. I’ve never had Salditos, but I could pick up an overripe plum note. It had a sugary sweetness that overwhelmed the tartness. The alcohol was hidden. It also had a pepper note that didn’t seem to fit with the beer. After it warmed, there was also a warm, oak and vanilla note. The body had moderate thickness with generous carbonation. The finish was lengthy with sugar plums. I liked this beer a lot. It was unique and had incredibly amounts of depth. This is definitely worth a try, despite it being expensive at $18 ($1.12 per ounce).

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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