Shared Waters

California
United States
Shared Waters by Coronado Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Our first foray into sour beers began more than three years ago. Our good friends at The Libertine Brewing Company road tripped from the Central Coast to San Diego to drop some serious sour knowledge on us.  We inoculated a dozen oak bourbon, wine and brandy barrels with a blend of brett, lactobacillus, and Libertine’s house culture.  Fresh blonde ale was added and left to funky for three long years before getting dry-hopped with a blend on Mosaic and Calypso.  The result is ‘Shared Waters’- a tasty and mouth puckering expression of our shared coastal roots and appreciation for all things sour.

Profile

ABV: 
6.5%
IBUs: 
4
Served at: 
45 - 50º
Hops: 
Mosaic, Calypso
Judges Review 
John C. Tull's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Shared Waters by Coronado Brewing Co. was judged as a European Sour Ale: Lambic (23D), though it would have faired equally well as a Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer (28B). This beer has a sour aroma of slightly funky straw and spice/acidity with a backing of wheat. The color is gold with a hint of orange, and it is somewhat hazy. Streams of carbonation filter up in the glass, but no head rests on the beer. The yeast becomes lively and goes into suspension on secondary pouring, so be careful and try to pour the entire bottle gently to enjoy it without the yeast floaters. The flavor is intensely sour with a pronounced tart orange character. The malt flavors are subtle, likely from a very efficient breakdown of the starches by the wild yeast bugs in the fermentation. Despite the tart and puckering finish, some residual sweetness provides a nice offset to the sourness. The body is medium, and the acidity has a lingering quality and provides a little heat in the back of the throat. Despite the huge sourness in this beer, there is still an enjoyable complexity provided from the tart citrus component and the wheat malt fullness and flavor. If sour beers are your thing, you will like this one because of the degree of wild yeast development, and you should give it a try if you are lucky enough to find it.

Brewery Introduction

When we opened the doors to our beach town brewpub on Coronado Island in 1996, we wanted it to be the kind of place where friends could enjoy great beer, a good meal and a laid-back atmosphere.

Our award-winning beer is now available coast to coast, but the spirit of our family-owned... Read More

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