Equinox (Eagle Rock Brewery)

Equinox is a young sour ale from the new kids on the LA beer block, Eagle Rock Brewery.  This golden ale has 11 IBUs and a 6.6% ABV.

As the winter thaws and the daylight hours lengthen enough to balance with the night, it reminds us all that spring is in the air. The aroma of citrus, and the taste of Muscat grapes, starfruit and freshly cut grass are a refreshing blend in this young sour ale. The perfect balance of sweetness, an intriguing tartness, and subtle hop bitterness are like a cool spring breeze in the warmth of the sun.

Equinox pours a light, and I mean light, straw color.  It was so pale that it reminded me of a white wine.  The head is tiny and off-white, with lots of carbonation.

This was a relative potpourri of smells!  I picked up hints of apple, vinegar, banana and vanilla.  The vanilla notes made me think of Pepperidge Farms Pirouette rolled wafers.

I was kinda let down by how un-sour this beer is.   The tastes are mostly that of various fruits.  I noted plantain, Granny Smith apple and mild notes of coconut.  I couldn’t help but think of a piña colada.

The mouthfeel is thin and smooth, with a fizziness that dances on your tongue.  It’s easy drinking, like a smooth Belgian pale ale.

Equinox is a good beer, but far from sour.  I was hoping for more tart/vinegar like notes, but I would drink it again.  Equinox could be a good gateway beer for people who want to slowly get into sour ales.

Overall: 7 out of 10

As a SOUR ALE: 5 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: New Belgium ERIC’S ALE, Jolly Pumpkin LA ROJA, Bell’s Brewing WILD ONE

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