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Judge's Review: 92 Rating - It’s Tiki Time by Westbrook Brewing Co.

August, 2020
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

It’s Tiki Time by Westbrook Brewing Co. is a sour ale with fruit (pineapple, passion fruit and guava) and was judged as a Wild Specialty Beer (4A).

The fruit aroma comes through very well and smells a lot like a fresh peach or nectarine with a slightly pithy note. Some acidity is notable in the aroma as well. The color is dark gold, and the beer is somewhat hazy with a fine rim of nearly white bubbles that are fed from a persistent effervescence from the bottom of the tasting glass. The flavor carries that same characteristic of peach fruit from the aroma, but with a strong sourness that makes me think of biting into an underripe peach or nectarine. The initial reminiscence of peach is more notably tropical fruit than the aroma as the palate becomes used to the flavors and begins to pick out the guava and passion fruit. The pineapple is less prominent and likely a contributor to some of the acidity in the flavor.

The sourness makes the fruit seem like it is transforming into a lemony tartness as it progresses through your palate. The acidity from the ferment (and maybe also from the fruit) is nicely balanced with a perception of sweetness from the relatively intense fruitiness. The fruit lingers, but the sour and acidity linger even longer through the finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat light with a mild carbonic bite and the aforementioned acidity. Overall, this is a very good fruited sour with distinctive fruit and aggressive sour and tart flavors that make this beer quite multi-dimensional. This would be an excellent pairing for a spicy Indian chicken or vegetarian dish.