Despite knowing very little about sours (what makes a good one, a bad one etc.) I in fact love sours. I have never actually met a sour I didn’t like; so when I came by Phillips Kettle Soured Thorny Horn Sour Raspberry brown for about $6 bucks I rejoiced! Reasonably priced sour beer, give me a case! thank god I didn’t do that though.
I like sours because they are complex and have depth. Sour as a flavour is nearly impossible to ignore so to craft anything sour as palatable is a feat in itself. Thats the problem with this sour, its not complexed at all. In fact its single noted to a fault. I don’t hate single note beers in fact i just brewed one myself (an IPA with only Galaxy Hops) but as I say sour beers are intriguing because of their complexity. Unfortunately this beer is not sour, its fairly tart but is almost entirely reminiscent of Sun Rype Raspberry juice carbonated just a little.
Did you notice how I said carbonated just a little? Thats because the carbonation is close to nil on this thing. I’m going to be honest here and say I’m not a hundred percent sure what the carbing is supposed to be like on sours, and in the same breath say this carbonation level in my mouth tasted bad. Finally head retention was shit and I got little to no aroma off this.
In the end I’m tempted to say it was just a bad bottle, in fact I’m willing to drink it again, as long as someone buys me a bottle… because I won’t spend 6 bucks on this beer again.
Phillips Thorny Horn Sour Raspberry Brown Ale-1.75/5