Jackdaw (Rye Kettle Sour) – Ravens Brewing Company


From Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford comes their “Jackdaw” a Rye Kettle Sour.  The beer pours a golden to amber colour with a white head.  The aroma is of citrus, orange peel, hint of rye and a tartness.  The flavour is of lemon, orange peel, mild pineapple, tartness, rye and a hint of some more malts.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 10.  This is a very refreshing kettle sour and not over the top sour.  This will not only appeal to the person new to sours but also the sour heads too.

Commercial Description:  The Jackdaw Rye sour is created with the classic Whisky Sour in mind. Rye brings a dryness which combines with light citrus notes from lemon and orange peel. For those unfamiliar with sour beers, the Jackdaw is an excellent place to start. It’s a well-balanced sour beer without too much pucker and a delightful citrus aroma.

Kettle Sour Dry Hopped with Pacific Gem – Ravens Brewing Company (Doan’s Craft Brewing Company)


Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford had Doan’s Craft Brewing Company from Vancouver out to collaborate on their brand new “Kettle Sour Dry Hopped with Pacific Gem”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, hint tropical, sweetness but fairly mild.  The flavour is of lemon, grapefruit, hint of blackberry, rye spice, herbal, oak and a mild sour note.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 8.  This could be a very good sour to introduce people to sour beers as it is not hugely sour and wont punch them in the face while still tasting really good.

Commercial Description:  Utilizing New Zealand Hops and influenced by German styles we have created a true collaboration of flavours, ingredients and ideas, perfect for a West Coast Summer. Dry Hopped with Pacific Gem, this Kettle Sour combines a tart and light body with hints of Blackberry and Oak. Using Rye Malt enhances the complexity providing an underlying spiciness to blend with the fruity and bright notes.

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