ParrotDog Specimen A Boysenberry Sour | Sour Ale | 5.2% abv | 500ml Bottle
ParrotDog, a Wellington based Brewery that had humble beginnings, starting life as Homebrew being made in the basement of a dingy Aro Valley flat. Fast forward a few years to July 2011 and ParrotDog launched at Hashigo Zake with their infamous ‘Bitter-Bitch’ IPA. That Beer, when first brewed, was nearly dumped as it came out ‘too’ bitter. However over the years ‘Bitter-Bitch’ has evolved into a mainstay of their core range.
Now-a-days, the three Matts (clearly you can never have too many Matts making good Beer), and ParrotDog brew out of their new Brewery in Lyall Bay in Wellington and have just finished their second round of public equity raise.
Now to Specimen A – Boysenberry Sour, one of two releases under the Microflora range ParrotDog has just released. ParrotDog describe Microflora as a series of Kettle-Soured Beers brewed celebrate those invisible but indispensable organisms crucial to so much in ecology, health — and cuisine. Lactobacillus is a bacteria that can be used in Brewing to lower pH and create Sour style Beer.
Specimen A – Boysenberry Sour pours an incredible Maroon Red/Purple hue thanks to the large amounts of Nelson grown Boysenberries used in making this Beer. The beer looks amazing.
There is a decent sized head on the initial pour, which is bright pink. The head dissipates fairly quickly to a thin cap. The aroma is definitely Boysenberry! There is a nice light acidic nose, followed by Boysenberry and some sweetness.
The Beer is quite tart without being aggressively sour that could be off-putting to many drinkers. The Boysenberry flavour follows through from the nose and is what you would want from a Boysenberry Sour. Plenty of tart berry flavours, along with some sweetness that helps balance everything. The finish is quite dry and the Beer straddles the line with similarities to a fruited Cider.
Specimen A, is a very enjoyable Beer that is extremely quenching on a hot summers day. I am a fan of Sour style Beers, with this being no exception. However the style is still quite unknown to many Beer drinkers. All I can say, is head out and grab a bottle of this Beer and try a style that you may not be familiar with. I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised.
Final Review: 4/5