To Øl Sur Amarillo – Sour / Wild Ale at 7.5% ABV | 62 IBU

To Øl Sur Amarillo Sour / Wild Ale at 7.5% ABV | 62 IBU (C$8.40 at Sherbrooke Liquor, 330 ml, best before 15-Jun-2017, acquired 17-Dec-2016, reviewed 28-Apr-2017)

Appearance: hazy pale amber with one fat finger of fluffy ivory head, excellent retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel, pineapple, stone fruit, citrus. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, moderate tart. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry bitter and puckering tart gently warming finish. (4/5)

I suspect this might be a touch on the elderly side, although I’m almost two months short of the BB date (no idea when it was born, though). The description says this was heavily dry-hopped with Amarillo, but I can’t say I’m getting a lot of that. If anything, the nose is dominated roughly equally by a caramel, almost toffee-like malt, and pineapple-y tropical fruit. There is some citrus, but it’s a long way back, behind some stone fruit. All in all, I’m a bit disappointed by the aroma, but otherwise find it to be a pleasant, puckeringly tart Wild that finishes off-dry and invites the next sip. The moderate ABV is nearly completely absent on the front end, manifesting only as a mild warming. Quite nice, and probably worth trying again fresh. (14/20)

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