Category 12 Dry-Hopped Sour

c12-bottle-shot-DryHoppedSour-20160608-ABrewer: Category 12 Brewing,
Style: Sour
ABV: 5%
IBUs: 14

Description: The latest in C12’s Elemental Series, this limited summer release is soured with a Lactobacillus culture and then fermented with Saccharomyces Trois wild yeast. It is then dry-hopped using new German hop varieties Mandarina Bavaria and Huell Melon for balance.

Tasting Notes: This is definitely a summer seasonal, since it calls to mind backyard lemonade, made from squeezed lemons and ice water. It is quite mild and clean, but just like unsweetened lemonade, it has has some serious tartness that somehow manage to slake your thirst. Add to that a yeasty backbone which brings the lactic acid, and some mild notes of tropical fruit, and you’ve this experimental ale.

Appearance: Light yellow, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Gentle malt, yeasty, dry, tart, melon, lemony nose
Taste: Mild malt, immediate acidity, tart lemon, yeast and lactic acid
Aftertaste: Lingering lemon and yeasty flavor
Overall: 8/10

Category 12 Wild IPA

C12_wildIPABrewer: Category 12, Victoria, BC
Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.9%
IBUs: 68

Description: This latest release is part of C12’s Elemental Series, a grouping of experimental, limited release beers. It is so named because of the use of wild yeast strain known as Saccaromyces trois. And as an IPA it also combines a generous dose of pale malt which is then bittered with experimental El Dorado and Azacca hops and then served unfiltered.

Tasting Notes: An interesting brew, one which combines tropical fruit hop flavor with a yeast that imparts tropical fruit aromas. The end result is a beer that has a good West Coast IPA flavor with distinct Belgian undertones, which include a yeasty backbone. a cloudy profile, and some serious yeasty sediment.

Appearance: Deep Orange, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Strong malt, rich tropical fruit nose, pineapple, passion fruit, yeasty 
Taste: Crisp start, immediate notes of pineapple, pine, yeast, bitter hop finish
Aftertaste: Lingering hop bitterness, tropical fruit flavor
Overall: 8.5/10