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Judge's Review: 90 Rating - Tiki Sunset Sour by Coronado Brewing Co.

October, 2019
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Tiki Sunset Sour by Coronado Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (Category 28C) from the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

Tiki Sunset Sour is a kettle soured beer brewed with coconut, pineapple, macadamia nuts, lactose and added flavors, and it pours a medium gold with a very slight haze. There is virtually no head, which is not unusual in sour beer styles. The aroma presents a light macadamia nuttiness and coconut with a touch of pineapple. A hint of tartness also develops in the nose as it warms, along with very light bready malt. No hop aroma is noticeable, and no fermentation esters develop under the added fruit. The flavor greets you with moderate nuttiness and sweet, canned pineapple. A hint of coconut and bready malt emerges mid-palate, and the moderate hop bitterness develops late and mingles with the moderate lactic sourness. The medium sweet finish showcases the lactose, although the sweetness is a touch high and clashes a little with the refreshing lactic sourness.

Overall, a well brewed beer, with a very nice balance between the added fruit and nut character. The coconut, pineapple and macadamia nuts are well represented, but none of them dominate. A touch more attenuation would help to allow the kettle sour character to shine, but don't let that stop you from trying this one.