Stylistically, I’m not totally sure what a pastry sour is supposed to be, but when you put fruit into a sour, it can go one of two ways. You either lean hard towards the sour side and get lightly flavored vinegar, or you go more to the fruit side, where the beer is only lately soured but tastes like a freshly blended smoothie.
Wildberry Identity Crisis (Sour, 5.3% ABV) from Halpatter Brewing in Lake City is the latter.
In terms of a sour quality, it’s there, a little. It’s more of a twinge than a flood. The berries, however, are an overload, just like those Fruit Gushers candy commercials from the 90s. The beer practically explodes with raspberry and blueberry flavors, very intense and sweet and instantly refreshing.
I would even go so far as to say this might be an excellent mixer if it wasn’t in such limited qualities coming out from a brew system that Halpatter seems to be pushing to its limits. Because of this, I can’t imagine Identity Crisis being around much longer. But if you are looking for that very forward, hot summer afternoon, refreshing sort of brew, this is a perfect candidate.
And you can leave the puff pastry and phyllo dough at home.
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