Annex Ale Project / Outcast Brewing Super Slammer POG Milkshake Sour – Sour / Wild Ale at 4.6% ABV

Annex Ale Project / Outcast Brewing Super Slammer POG Milkshake Sour Sour / Wild Ale at 4.6% ABV (C$8.99 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 650 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 19-Sep-2018, reviewed 27-Sep-2018)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale gold with one fat finger of loose white head diminishing rapidly to a thin ring, spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, citrus, light lactose, hint of vanilla, very faint band-aid. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, mild bitter. (7/10) Medium-light body, moderate-high carbonation, medium duration tart finish. (4/5)

I don’t have the first clue what “POG” has to do with a milkshake sour – or, for that matter, how milkshake and sour are supposed to go together. I guess “Slammer” and “POG” have something to do with the whole 90’s vibe of the label artwork, but short of arbitrary hipster kitchiness, I’m not seeing the point of that, either. There’s not a lot going on here to distinguish this from a pretty standard kettle sour, though the finish has a little lactose, and even less vanilla. I was going to say there’s nothing objectionable there, but the fact is there’s a hint of band-aid, especially as it warms. All in all, less than impressive, and well below what I would consider par for both breweries individually, even ignoring the gratuitous and pretentious hipsterism. (13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze

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