Carina Peach Sour Ale

Oregon
United States
Carina Peach Sour Ale by Ecliptic Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
84
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Carina Peach Sour Ale takes its name from the constellation Carina, the keel of the ship Argo in he southern sky.  Loaded with fresh peach flavor, Carina is a sour ale perfect for any time of year.  The use of Pale malt makes for a crisp character, while lactobacillus gives Carina a tart and refreshing finish.

Profile

ABV: 
5.5%
IBUs: 
10
Judges Review 
Brad Darnell's picture
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Carina Peach Sour Ale by Ecliptic is a Sour Peach Ale and is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (2015 BJCP Category 28C) according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a sour fruited version of a fruit beer.

Soft, supple peach skin and flesh greet my nose immediately as I approach the glass. Warm biscuit malt stands proud underneath and supports the peaches well. The pour is a nearly clear rich orange with a copper quality and a large, thick and creamy off-white head. The head lasts a bit but does not produce any particular lacing. Initial mouthful provides a tart dried peach character, some lightly astringent peach skin notes and a lactic/citric sourness blended perfectly. The biscuit malt is less than the aroma suggests but still present as it provides a base for the peach sourness. A pleasant pepperiness leads me into a dry finish. A medium body and carbonation complete the experience.

Overall, as I contemplate this sample further, I note no off flavors or characteristics yet wonder what is missing. While peach-centric and sour, I do not find anything that really grips me. The peaches do exhibit a canned quality with light syrupy notes though as this sits longer. The malt comes closer to warm pie crust but overall, this one stops short. Maybe fresh peaches and a healthier acidity would do this beer some good and provide the intangibles I am missing.