Yes, it has been a while (I’ve been working a non-beer related project) anyway it’s time to review again and today I’m playing catch-up on the beers sitting in the old fridge door- so prepare for a few weird and wild Moon Dog’s, and this Edge Brewing Project Cherry Popper Tart Ale. Today is about cherries, marmalade, celery and tomato… yep it’s one of those crazy days – strap on your seat belt because you’re going for a ride dear reader!
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A: An intriguing yeast-speckled Guava pink… never seen a beer this shade before… with a thin pink-hued white lace ring – I give it a 10/10 for intrigue, which translates to an: 8/10.
S: Aroma is sour cherry pie – hmmm, nice, there’s a hint of sweetness in there as well, along with a hint of cherry-flavoured cough syrup towards the end. The overall aroma is mouth-wateringly tart – you know when you breath in something sour and your tongue salivates, I’m getting that. Good. I expect this is what the brewer was aiming for – mission accomplished. 8/10.
T: Watery… needs more flavour, but refreshing nonetheless with a tart cherry touch upfront. Not much else going on – this needs a counterpoint to the sour with some sweetness… or even bitterness. This doesn’t even taste like a beer really, more like a sour cherry soda drink. 5/10.
M: Light bodied with a light tiny dense carbonation going on. Suits the overall wateriness of this drink which I imagine would work well on a hot summers day. 5/10.
D: Well I wasn’t sold on the overall vibe of this brew, it’s too watery, a bit bland and lacking in flavour complexity. This is a missed opportunity by Edge Brewing Project in a now highly saturated craft beer market. If you’re looking for a refreshing and decent cherry beer you can’t go past the comparatively priced Petrus Aged Red (which ironically enough has an opposite problem to this: too much flavour) a brew I quite enjoyed despite the intense cherry characters. 5/10.
Food match: Something salady and slightly creamy… russian salad with grilled chicken and potato salad.