It is amazing to me that 405 came out with a Grapefruit sour beer as one of its initial offerings, and it’s a testament to the refining palates of the Oklahoma craft beer enthusiast that it was so well received. The first couple of batches were small in production quantities and went quickly. That brew had a wide appeal to even novice beer drinkers, and went a long way to putting 405 on the Oklahoma beer map. I know how hard those guys have been working the last year or two to make their dream come true, and am very happy that they found a wide audience in the Grapefruit Sour. OK, enough with the laurels, let’s see how this newest batch turned out.
Company: 405 Brewing Company
Location: Norman, OK
Style/Description: Sour Ale Brewed with Grapefruits
Price: $8.99 for 750ml bottle
Appearance: Lightly cloudy copper pour, nice fluffy tight head and sticky, clinging lace.
Nose: Lightly tart aroma, grainy and beer, with some bitter citrus present.
Taste: The grapefruit and citrus come through beautifully, with some bitter grapefruit peel notes. Light and crisp, the tartness of the fruit blends well with the funky sourness of the beer. Earthy with some herbaceous notes and a bit of the citrusy orange juice sweetness to balance it out. Mouth is crisp and dry, with a perfect medium high carb to accentuate tartness.
Finish: Crisp and clean finish, with just enough fruit remaining to remind you of what you’re drinking.
Overall: Nice refreshing brew here, definitely seemed to dial in the fruity tartness and the crisp refreshment of earlier batches. Not overly sour as to turn off a sour newbie, but leaves plenty of flavor for the craft beer enthusiast. Highly recommended for summer!