Photo: 8 Wired Brewing Company Hippy Berliner Sour Hoppy Ale Berliner Weisse at 4.5% ABV (C$10.70 at Sherbrooke Liquor, 500 ml, no bottle date or best before, reviewed 26-Nov-2015)

Appearance: very slightly hazy straw with a short, short-lived thin white head, minimal lacing. (3/5) Aroma: lemon zest, sour white grape, vinous, floral and vaguely fruity. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart. (7/10) Palate: light body, moderate carbonation, crisp tart finish. (4/5)

Very much like a tart white wine - a sauvignon blanc, perhaps? I was going to say one might be able to convince someone it was wine in a blind taste test - but the fact is, I’m not even sure it would have to be blind! Ultimately, though, I’m a bit disappointed by that character, since it’s equating to essentially no hop character - yet that’s exactly what the label promised. Good, and interesting, but not great. Maybe worth trying again with a known fresh bottle, to get the hop character. (14/20)

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Patrick Ryan
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8 Wired Brewing Company Hippy Berliner Sour Hoppy Ale Berliner Weisse at 4.5% ABV (C$10.70 at Sherbrooke Liquor, 500 ml, no bottle date or best before, reviewed 26-Nov-2015)

Appearance: very slightly hazy straw with a short, short-lived thin white head, minimal lacing. (3/5) Aroma: lemon zest, sour white grape, vinous, floral and vaguely fruity. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart. (7/10) Palate: light body, moderate carbonation, crisp tart finish. (4/5)

Very much like a tart white wine - a sauvignon blanc, perhaps? I was going to say one might be able to convince someone it was wine in a blind taste test - but the fact is, I’m not even sure it would have to be blind! Ultimately, though, I’m a bit disappointed by that character, since it’s equating to essentially no hop character - yet that’s exactly what the label promised. Good, and interesting, but not great. Maybe worth trying again with a known fresh bottle, to get the hop character. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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