Monday, November 24, 2014
Breakside Brewery - La Tormenta Review
Location: Portland, OR
Beer: La Tormenta
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Serving: Snifter Glass (22 oz.)
Malts: Two Row, German Acidulated and Vienna Malts, Crystal 20L
Hops: Amarillo, Equinox, Simcoe, Citra
Commercial Description: Our final bottled release for the 2014 brew year is an experimental sour ale made with a unique blend of citrusy, tropical and fruity hops. Bracing-yet-balanced sour notes combine beautifully with West Coast hop flavor in this sweet and tart ale. This beer was one of our most popular small batch offerings earlier in the year, and we’re excited to re-release it as a light and beguiling alternative to classic winter beers. Notes of blueberry, guava, grapefruit, and lemongrass are offset by a juicy acidity, medium body, and a moderate sweetness from caramel malt.
La Tormenta will be a regular fall and winter beer but only avaialable for an 8 week run. Fermented in 100% stainless steel with lactobacillus giving this beer a clean tartness.
A (3/3): Cloudy golden ale with a thick, quickly dissipating head leaves whispy clouds of lacing to coat the glass.
S (10/12): Delicate hop aromatics with a definite similarity to some type of citrus juice that has been dry hopped. Tangerine, orange, and lemon all come off the top of the glass from the Equinox hops that lend their unique aroma.
T (16/20): Lemonade sourness and a similar sweetness are the first thing that I think of drinking this beer. The overly simplistic evaluation subsides as the Equinox and Citra hops come through and add a complex resinous flavor of grapefruit and tangerine.
M (4/5): Medium bodied with a short lived bitterness that just stops in to say "hi" as its leaving. Some citrus pith character bites your tounge, as if you're peeling an orange with your teeth. This beer fills your mouth with flavor like you bit into a juicy piece of fruit.
O (7/10): Great balance a very unique beer with just loads of citrus character. Possibly more citrus characteristic than any beer I've had before, from the picking it up to drinking it this beer oozes citrus. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone looking to try something new and likes sour beers or even those who are just testing the waters on sours. A very enjoyable beer would be fantastic in the heat of summer.