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Coolship Sour Mango Ale

September, 2017
Judges Rating: 
87
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
35 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Elgoods Coolship Sour Mango Ale is very straightforward in that it delivers what is on the label.  It is sour, and it has a Mango flavor, and it does these things quite well.  There is not a lot of complexity beyond this, but depth of flavor might not be necessary in this offering.  Though this offering comes from an EU brewery, this brew was evaluated as a 28C Wild Specialty Beer (according to the 2015 BJCP guidelines).

The aroma of this brew delivers a fatty overripe mango, pineapple and honeydew melon character along with an evident sharp tartness.  A somewhat bubble-gum like ester aroma is in the background.   Visually, this moderately-carbonated orange/amber-colored brew is surprisingly clear for the style and has the typical weak and poorly retained head that is typically seen in examples of the soup beer styles.

The flavor delivers an earthy green mango character with moderate tartness.  Flavors are bright and clean without other fermentation flavor complexities.  This comes off as having been fermented by a monoculture of a mild Lactobacillus.  A touch of the bubblegum that appeared in the aroma is also present in the middle and lingers through the finish.  The middle and finish also retain the mango and clean tartness, with the finish being quite dry.  The body is a light medium.

Elgoods Coolship Sour Mango Ale is a clean refreshing take on a sour and could serve well as a Summer thirstquencher.  As such, the lack of complexity could be of benefit.  Cheers and enjoy!!

Elgoods Coolship Sour Mango Ale is very straightforward in that it delivers what is on the label.  It is sour, and it has a Mango flavor, and it does these things quite well.  There is not a lot of complexity beyond this, but depth of flavor might not be necessary in this offering.  Though this offering comes from an EU brewery, this brew was evaluated as a 28C Wild Specialty Beer (according to the 2015 BJCP guidelines).

The aroma of this brew delivers a fatty overripe mango, pineapple and honeydew melon character along with an evident sharp tartness.  A somewhat bubble-gum like ester aroma is in the background.   Visually, this moderately-carbonated orange/amber-colored brew is surprisingly clear for the style and has the typical weak and poorly retained head that is typically seen in examples of the soup beer styles.

The flavor delivers an earthy green mango character with moderate tartness.  Flavors are bright and clean without other fermentation flavor complexities.  This comes off as having been fermented by a monoculture of a mild Lactobacillus.  A touch of the bubblegum that appeared in the aroma is also present in the middle and lingers through the finish.  The middle and finish also retain the mango and clean tartness, with the finish being quite dry.  The body is a light medium.

Elgoods Coolship Sour Mango Ale is a clean refreshing take on a sour and could serve well as a Summer thirstquencher.  As such, the lack of complexity could be of benefit.  Cheers and enjoy!!

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