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Now that we’ve slipped past the month’s halfway point, I’ve set aside my fall seasonals to start focusing on brews that either by name or design are a bit more Halloween-centric.  My first of the season was an impulse supermarket pickup, because after all my troubles finding appropriate beers last year I didn’t want to miss any opportunities for suitable material.

Beer Name: Sour Wench

Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company (San Diego, CA)

Style: Blackberry Ale

ABV: 7.0%

Description: Per the brewery website, this kettle soured Berliner-Weisse style brew was made to be an approachable sour ale bursting with blackberries.

Appearance: It had a deep reddish-purple body with a bubbly off-white head.

Smell: Tart blackberries with a hint of yeast in the background.

Taste: Tart berries were the predominant flavor throughout, with a creamy, yeasty ending.

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side with a slightly elevated level of carbonation.

Hype: It was certainly displayed rather prominently in the grocery store aisles, but I don’t think there is much hype among the beer folk for this one.

Overall: Was pretty light and refreshing on the whole, to the point I was surprised to see the ABV.  Nice pick up, especially considering where I found it.