Townsite Lil’ Red Sour Red Ale

townsite_Lil-RedBrewer: Townsite Brewing, Powell River, BC
Style: Sour Ale/Red Ale
ABV: 6%
IBUs: 14

Description: Like all Townsite creations, this seasonal beer is named in honor of something that calls to mind the town’s history. In this case, it is a little red chair that has been “photobombing Powell River landscapes since August 2010.” The brew is fashioned using a red malt base, and the fermented using wild yeast strains, and fortified with Belgian candi sugar.

Tasting Notes: It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed anything by Townsite. And I’ve had a bit of a bad run with sours lately – being either too light or too vinegary. So this beer was both timely and refreshing. On the one hand, it seems like a fine addition to Townsite’s seasonal lineup. On the other, it is a very lovely take on a sour ale, which has a good red malt base and packs plenty of tart raspberry flavor on top of it – rather than sour cherries, apple cider vinegar, or other familiar sour flavors. It also has usual notes of oak, zesty yeast, and lactic acids to boot. A good reintroduction to the brewery and a lovely sour!

Appearance: Dark ruby, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, raspberries, wild yeast cultures, oakiness, lactic acid
Taste: Syrupy malt,tart raspberry, lactic acid, hint of oak, mild and zesty yeast bite
Aftertaste: Lingering zest, tart raspberry, yeasts, acid, quite clean
Overall: 8.5/10

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