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Beer – #811 – 8 Wired – Palate Trip

From that special beer 6 pack this one is the 8 Wired Brewing Palate Trip a Specialty IPA, a Sour IPA. Heaven help me. At least there is some nice music, and dinner isn’t so far away.

 … Tart acidity, rather than bitterness, 

This is a 330ml bottle of a beer that is 6.5% ABV, making it 195 calories a serve size, and 2.2 standard drinks.

Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing in the style that is  Sour/Wild Ale and they are in Warkworth, New Zealand

Two of our favourite flavours in one! 

That's a frown that is

That’s a frown that is

Can we get a fruity, rich IPA, hold the bitterness and replace with a touch of sour please?

Sure, have a Palate Trip Sour IPA!

This India Pale Ale is brewed with a combination of American and New Zealand hops, but unlike most IPAs this has been soured.

The result is tart acidity, rather than bitterness, to help balance the sweet malts.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

On opening you’d think this was a highly but brightly hopped IPA. Dull thud of hops.

Pour is lovely, pale yellow golden orange, with a nice he’d that sits well. Aroma is hops, dull hops.

8 Wired Palate TripTaste is sour, of course, but it’s mellow sour, not like children candy sour sour,  light prickly sweet sour that isn’t as terrible as you’d think really.

More like a fizzy fruit drink this has a lot of tropical in it, I was confused. I’m often confused.

I’m still now more convinced that sour beers need to have done their dash and quietly drift away..

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 5 of its things from the thing. It’s very measured, and even and doesn’t waiver, there isn’t any point where you do “oh, there’s the hops”, and it’s a bit boring and dull. Very boring and dull, and not a patch on some of the really good European sours that are hard out sour sours, but nice and clever with it. This is just ‘nice’ and that don’t cut it.

I’ve really enjoyed sour beers, I’ve really enjoyed the Gose and the fruit assortment beers, sometimes, but please stop. Please.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Liquorland Exclusive this one, the #GABS16 Festival pack
  • Am I enjoying it? No.
  • Would I have another? No
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? No

Music for this: ” Pity Sex ” and the album ” White Hot Moon” on Spotify

Pity Sex is an American indie rock band from Ann Arbor, Michigan


Sour ale is a broad spectrum of wild ales, from the fruity and acetic Flanders Red Ales and Oud Bruins, to the experimental ales gaining popularity in the United States which use lactobacillus, brettanomyces and pediococcus in new and wild ways

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