Burley Oak Sorry Chicky

I’ve now had a few Burley Oak beers. We always seem to pick them up when we are traveling either to or from DC. I did a little more digging on their website and found that they are now growing their own malt. Usually, you see breweries growing their own hops, but it’s pretty rare to see them grow their own malt. I guess it helps when you’re a soil scientist and you can figure out how to best grow malt in Maryland.

ABV: 4.4%

Style: Berliner Weisse

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “At Burley Oak, we love our sour beers! We also love all the aromas you get from our IPA’s. By dry hopping this lacto-happy beer, we’ve created an extreme sensory experience.”

Random: This is a year round offering from the brewery.

This beer poured with a thin, one finger white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a yellow color and was cloudy, making it difficult to see any carbonation. The nose was filled with lemon juice and lemon zest. The taste was intensely sour and not balanced. I picked up the same lemon juice and lemon zest initially. I picked up a touch of hop and then got the lactose as well. The body was light and the carbonation was lighter than I would have liked. The finish was quick, but intensely sour. I normally really like beers of this style, but this was a one-trick pony. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Fordham The 11th Sour

I am not a big fan of the Summer. I hate the heat, especially when it’s that really humid type of heat. I also work in a warehouse that isn’t air-conditioned. It’s super fun this time a year when you can feel how thick the air is in the warehouse itself. I tend to look for lighter beer during the Summer to try to get through the heat.

ABV: 3.8%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The first Sour batch ever brewed by FoDo Brewing. This ale is a kettle sour that uses lactobacillus, fermented on house ale yeast and then aged on concord grapes. Typical to any sour, this ale is pleasantly flavored and zings your tastebuds over and over.”

Random: It’s been a long time since I had a beer from Fordham.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly, but only left wispy lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange that was slightly hazy with lots of carbonation. The nose was relatively mild for a sour. It had some mineral water and some caramel malt. The taste started with some tartness and white grape juice. There was also some very lightly toasted malt present as well. The body was incredibly light with just enough carbonation. It had an almost instantaneous finish with light tartness. A bottle of this was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. It was really lacking in the flavor department.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

River Horse Sour Homer

Local beers are my favorite. Let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “You don’t have to be in a dead end job to feel like you aren’t going anywhere. That’s the way we felt before River Horse. We were finance geeks living in a world without soul. Grinding it out everyday for a fee, wearing suits and kissing butt. Then this brewery chose us…she forced us to ask ourselves, ‘Is this desk job really how I pictured my life?’ We answered that question by taking over River Horse in 2007 and have not looked back. We may not end up as the greatest success story on earth, but at least we had the balls to try. Sometimes, for better or worse, your dreams get the best of you. Just remember, it’s a big world out there and cubicles don’t have doors, so you can walk out anytime. Come see us when you can. We are located in Ewing, NJ. Thanks for supporting the cause. Hope you enjoy the beer…”

Random: I picked this up from the brewery, since the brewery is only a few minutes from my house.

The beer poured with a relatively thick, one finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The nose was sour with some cherry notes, along with a touch of oak and vanilla. The taste was mouth-puckeringly sour with intense notes of cherry and white vinegar. It quickly transitioned into oak and vanilla with some yeast as well. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation to cut the tartness. It had a lengthy finish with cherry and oak. I liked this beer a lot. It had a lot of good flavors and was an outstanding selection from River Horse.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Lazy Magnolia Bramblin’ Man

Val and I have been hanging out on the couch all day and the cats have been laying in their boxes by the window. Despite how large our orange cats have gotten, they still manage to fit in a box with Angel. They did manage to get up when we put out a cheese plate.

ABV: 6%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mississippi is home to more than just great beer. We’ve got great food and even better tunes. Bramblin’ Man is a toast to days past and classic country. This Bavarian Wheat blended with a Sour Blackberry Ale will be a great addition to any celebration.”

Random: This beer comes in at 10 IBUs.

The beer poured with a one finger, ecru colored head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear with little carbonation visible. It was a reddish-brown in color. The nose was not very fragrant. It had notes of wheat and blackberry extract. The taste was off-putting to say the least. It was exceptionally acidic with blackberry extract. Wheat was there as well. It had peppercorns as well. None of the flavors worked well together. The body was heavier than necessary with light carbonation. The finish was unfortunately lengthy with acid and blackberry extract. This beer managed to get lost in the back of the fridge, so I don’t recall how much I paid for it. Either way, I didn’t like this beer at all. I definitely won’t be having it again.

Untappd Rating: 1.5/5.0

Bolero Snort Bull Pop Berliner

Today’s selection is from a Jersey brewery that I tend to get a lot of selections from. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 4%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Another summer treat in a glass, we started with a light, slightly tart base with a fluffy mouthfeel from a wheat heavy grist. Secondary fermentation on tart cherries, lime and raspberry gives this brew a pinkish hue with fruity aromatics and a dry finish.”

Random: The days of Bolero Snort being a gypsy brewer is coming to an end. I can’t wait to take a visit up there.

The beer poured with a one finger, pink head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly cloudy and pink in color. There was no carbonation visible due to the haziness. The nose had some notes of light vinegar with cherries and lime. The fruit notes were pretty authentic and didn’t have that sticky sweet smell of extract. The taste had a pleasant tartness to it. It was quickly followed up with a wheat note and then went into cherry and raspberry notes. The lime was there, but not as strong as the other fruit notes. The body was light and had a lot of carbonation, making this an easy drinker on a hot Summer day. It had a lengthy finish with tartness and raspberry. A pounder can was $3.75, which came to $.23 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot, although it didn’t completely remind me of the typical bomb pop, but I’d definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Down The Road Cherry Feyborn Berliner Weisse

My parents brought this beer back for Val, but she wasn’t a huge fan. Let’s see what I thought of it.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Introducing the newest iteration of our well-received Feyborn Berliner Weisse, this time with a cherry twist – something crisp, refreshing and decidedly different. At 4.5% ABV, this new brew features a kettle-soured wheat base with a blast of sour cherries and will be available this winter for a limited time only! At its base, Berliner Weisse is a low ABV, golden wheat that is more sour than most wild ales and less sour than lambics. Inspired by the diversity of the schuss tradition, Down The Road is excited to bring back this favorite with seasonally appropriate tart cherries!”

Random: This uses Cascade hops.

The beer poured with less than a finger of white head. It dissipated by the time I took the picture and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear reddish-brown, with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was pungent. It hit me with a generous combination of sweet and tart red cherries and white vinegar. The taste had a bit more depth. It started with tart red cherries and went into white vinegar and cider vinegar. It also had some wheat character to it as well with very light spice. The body was on the lighter side with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tart cherries. I have no idea how much this beer was since it was a gift, but this was a solid beer that just needed a touch more flavor. Despite that, I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Terrapin T-Time

Tonight’s beer is a seasonal from Terrapin intended for the golf course. I’m hoping to play a round while I’m down in Hawaii, although I haven’t played in awhile, so I’m definitely going to be rusty. Let’s crack this one open.

ABV: 4%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “‘T-Time’ Berliner Weisse is a tart and thirst-quenching wheat beer made with fresh tea and lemon peel. This easy-to-drink summertime refresher will get you back into the swing of things both on and off the course.”

Random: The brewery recommends pairing this with Chevre and Havarti cheeses or a Turkey Club Sandwich with a side of chips. They don’t specify the type of chips, though.

The beer poured with a two finger, thick, ecru colored head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was moderately cloudy and yellow with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was lemon peel and lemon juice along with a little bit of funk. I didn’t pick up any tea. The taste started with lemon juice and lemon peel. It had significant tartness to make my lips pucker. There was no tea that I could pick up in the flavor. The body was thin with a lot of carbonation. The finish was almost instant and very sour. I picked this can up for $3, which came to $.25 per ounce. I really wanted to like this beer, but when you advertise tea being in it and there’s no tea, I’m left a bit disappointed.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0