Rage and Love Sangria Sour | Rainhard Brewing Co.
From a 500ml bottle served cool at 9 degrees Celsius into a TeKu glass. No date information on the packaging. This bottle was picked up straight from the brewery early this month. An interesting description on the bottle so I'm curious to try this.
The beer pours a brilliant pink-ish tone with 4.5cm of frothy, light pink head which dissipates into a partial film within 2+ minutes. Poor lacing with decent head retention. Stunning colour and clarity.
Moderate intensity with decent balance. The aroma is reminiscent of a fruity tea. Bright red berries at the front making me think of red currants and strawberries. A floral and herbal tea-like quality. A touch of tropical fruit (pineapple) at the back along with some malt sweetness. The dry nose is reminiscent of strawberries and borderline biscuity malt. Interesting.
Follows the aroma with moderate intensity, sharp balance, and low perceived bitterness. The sour palate opens up sharp with notes of red berries and citric acid making way for a somewhat softer center where notes of pineapple and crackery pale malt round out some of the acidic edge. The medium-length finish is sharp and of moderate strength with notes of strawberries, herbal tea, citric acid, and a touch of malty sweetness.
Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sharp and puckering with no apparent alcohol warming and an off-dry finish. No astringency. The high levels of acid are too much for my palate and I do find this somewhat harsh.
Rainhard Brewing's Rage and Love (sangria loose leaf edition) is a decent brew. The brilliant clarity and beautiful red hue will surely dazzle your eyes and I really enjoy the off-kilter nose of tropical fruit-red berry-tea-jumble. Having said that, the sky-high acidity leaves my palate depleted while preventing me from tasting the nuances I could find in the aroma. The only issue I really have with this is the acidity, but it's a big one as it effects the mouthfeel, flavour, and overall drinking experience. With a more balanced acidity this could potentially be a very good beer. If you're a fan of sour-forward beers, I casually recommend you try this. A nice attempt by Rainhard to create something different.