Holgate Hop Tart Semi-Sour Pale Ale
Pale Ale meets sour. God I’m tired of these hybrid beers – conceptually they promise much, but in reality it’s just a car crash. That said, it is hard to achieve decent balance in sour beers, and Holgate otherwise make great stuff.
Lactobacillus gives this brew it’s tang funk, but I’m curious whether there might be some Brett in there too. Whatever, this definitely has an ‘earthen’ edge, which seems like a mismatch to the otherwise clean and refreshing pale ale base. It’s like someone threw up a nice beer. Nup. 1.5 stars. 4.5%. Would I buy again? Nope.