Hop Nation Sweet & Sour Trio

Hop Nation

Published September 13, 2019

Their Site Fermentation Project may have become home for their more esoteric sour beers but the Hop Nation team clearly feel there's still a place for beers from that ever-expanding realm to live within their original brand. In the case of the "Sweet & Sour" beers, there's room for three that share much in common: each features a hefty addition of fruit as well as a lick of lactose (the sweet).

Taken in the order I opened them, Cobbler is a peach sour inspired by the dessert of the same name. It pours a hazy copper with a deeper sweetness than is typically found in non-barrel-aged fruit sours. The effect is to give the acidity a bolder punch, bolstered further by a spritzy carbonation. The peach wends its way throughout, adding character and a little fruity depth to my favourite of the three.

Fool is another dessert-aping release, with raspberries very much to the fore, lending the beer a hazy crimson colour and a pale pink head. There's a creamy edge to the vibrant fruit aromas (there's some vanilla at play here, too), with a gentle tartness completing the picture on the palate.

Considering the eye-catching nature of Blossom's appearance – this cherry sour wades deep into shiraz territory on that front, albeit with a Parma Violet-hued head to remind you it's beer in your hand – this is the Sweet & Sour with the least dramatic aroma. It's all subtle sour fruits, coming across like a sweet and sour boiled lolly to taste. It's the least perceptibly acidic too, yet still has complexities for those on the look, sitting somewhere between that lolly and a cherry liqueur.

James Smith

Fruit Cream Sours
4.5% / 5.0% /
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