From Old-town Victoria's Swan's Brewing comes "Sucker Punch Citra Sour" - dry-hopped with Citra hops!
The last time I reviewed a sour beer it was Driftwood's "De Auras" - a magnificent masterpiece. But alas, not all sours are created equal.
Most of the beers I review here on THC get favourable ratings because the liquor store won't buy crappy beer, or at least not in the bomber format. I'm really reviewing an industry segment where quality is top priority, so I have high expectations for these brews, and for the most part they don't disappoint.
In that light, Sucker Punch is not a *bad* beer, but the sour is more than a little over the top. It is not subtle, and this is very much to Sucker Punch's detriment. Usually I can identify fruity or floral overtones in hoppy beers, but with Sucker Punch the fruit notes are all under-ripened. The sour of lemon without the flavour of lemon. One wonders if they put some of that powder they coat sour gummies with in this beer! (Note: they don't. Rather, it's made with lactobacillus, a bacterium whose secretions are acidic.)
Perhaps this is an acquired taste. I have no plans to acquire a taste for this stuff. While it is definitely as advertised, sour, I found the experience wanting.
5.5%abv, about $6.50 in the bomber shown here.
My rating: 5.5/10, and I think that's a bit generous. Swans has some really good brews, unfortunately this isn't one of them.