Wicked Weed Brewing
Puzzle Pieces Select Barrel Sour Ale (Canvas Series)
American Wild Ale
North Carolina
16.9oz, Single
Very openly knit bright white head, big pour that disappears immediately and leaves barely a dusting across the surface, no lacing. No visible sediment but it's filmy nonetheless, the liquid a flat yellow to orange rust water color, solid storm of muscular bubbles scattered throughout, looks somewhat dilute. The nose has the de rigueur sourness and barrel treatment is quite evident, heavily yeasty in a sur lie manner, pineapple, papaya and star fruit scents, tart mixed white citrus, undercurrent of herbal leafiness, light pepperiness, at times smells like it might referment in your glass. Medium-bodied, initially sweeter than expected with more round juiciness to the grapefruit, blood orange citrus as well as pineapple, green apple, star fruit flavors. Very prickly carbonation has it churning up the tongue. The oak makes a big power move through the mid-palate with butterscotch, toffee flavors adding more sweetness and also sticking out awkwardly as well. The yeastiness consistently palpable and can now and then give it a more bready character. It often feels disjointed but also has sufficient ebullience to win you over in the end.
3 out of 5