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Style: Sour Ale
Style Information
Sour Ales (also called American Sour Ales or American Wild Ales) are exactly what they sound like - ales brewed and fermented to give a very notable sour taste and aroma. The color can range widely from pale gold to brown. They are also noted to have high acidity. Often, brewers use yeast strains that highlight these sour qualities, such as Brettanomyces. This style is also quite often barrel-aged, which can lend a more complex flavor. Hop presence should be low to medium in both aroma and flavor. Mouthfeel should be medium to light, with carbonation often very notable. ABV generally ranged from 4% to 9%, sometimes higher. IBUs are in the range of 20-40.

Recommend glassware for this style
Flute Glass Traditionally used for champagne, the flute glass has a place in your beer glassware
collection. The long, narrow bowl helps to ensure that carbonation doesn't dissipate
quickly. L... [more]
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Snifter Typically used for serving brandy and cognac, a snifter is ideal for capturing the volatiles of aromatic beers, such as Belgian ales, India Pale Ales, barleywines and wheat wines. The shape helps... [more]
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Wine Glass Wine glasses come in many shapes that are styled specifically to certain varietals of wine. The shape of the glass is very important, as it concentrates flavors and aroma. Wine glasses can be div... [more]

Top Consumed Sour Ale
1. Supplication by Russian River Brewing Company145
2. Enigma by New Glarus Brewing Company100
3. Consecration by Russian River Brewing Company90
4. Temptation by Russian River Brewing Company78
5. Le Bleu by Ithaca Beer Company65
6. Brute by Ithaca Beer Company59
7. Pentagram by Surly Brewing Company48
8. Juliet by Goose Island48
9. Sanctification by Russian River Brewing Company40
10. Beatification by Russian River Brewing Company40

Top Reviews Sour Ale
 BeerAvg Score
1. Compunction by Russian River Brewing Company96
2. Framboise For A Cure by Russian River Brewing Company96
3. Le Bleu by Ithaca Beer Company95
4. Deviation - Bottleworks IX by Russian River Brewing Company94
5. Belgian Sour by North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery92
6. Trésor De Tonnaux by Bullfrog Brewery92
7. School Of Brett: Claussenii + Bruxellensis by Lake Effect Brewing Company LLC92
8. Rouge by Brewery Ommegang91
9. Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale by New Belgium Brewing Inc.91
10. Consecration by Russian River Brewing Company90