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  1. Sandwich

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    Not bitter

    Who like sour beer? I've been getting into it in a big way. I've tried almost everything at my local weird-beer store. I feel like it's the next big thing in brewing...now that everybody has 19 different IPA versions, they are considering what else they can sell to people, and sours seem to be the same easy-to-brew bullshit as IPA but with actual flavor? instead of MOAR HOPZ.

    anyways, I'm a fan
     

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    Fanny packs, e-bikes, Italian cars and now sour beers.

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  3. Sandwich

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  4. Nick

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    sour beers have their place, I guess.
    I can stomach one, if not too over the top sour.

    IPA around here pack plenty of flavorz, fwiw.
     
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    Screw sour beers.
     
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    Sour puss.
     
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    Occasionally I'm alright with one rotten beer. There's a local brewery that only does sour IPAs with bretts and it gets old real fast.
     
  9. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I dig the classic-style sours (gueze lambic, Flanders red, oud Bruin) in a big way, but most of the "quick sour" or "kettle sour" stuff hitting the shelves in the US leave a lot to be desired, to my tastebuds anyway; they lack complexity.

    Most of the sour IPAs I've had were undrinkable. The "more hops" mentality driving IPAs these days, combined with a low pH end up as a thin mess with an unbearable lingering bitterness.
     
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    agreed, i like the traditional proper style sour. not the quick stuff, it tastes too much like something just went wrong with another style so they called it a sour.

    that being said, to your original point Andy, i don't see sours being the "next big thing". they definitely aren't as easily approachable for the average beer drinker. I like sours and i can't have more than one, MAYBE 2 in a sitting. Also - to Tim's point - too difficult and time consuming to brew. for instance, Duchesse De Bourgogne is aged for over a year.
     
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    You can get decent results from a "quick sour," but the typical "throw some grain or bacteria in the kettle and let is sit over the weekend" method isn't it. Many of the beers produced that way end up with some butyric acid formed by Clostridium butyricum that can become active if the temperature and pH isn't right. Butyric acid smells like vomit. We have a beer that we user a quicker method on, but we're doing it in a closed, co2-purged tank where we introduce a blend of 7 different bacteria at a specific temperature and pH.

    Of course, we're doing some the hard way too.
     

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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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