Review: Strange Fellows Popinjay


Today I'm checking out Strange Fellows Brewing's Popinjay West Coast Sour that I picked up during my trip to Vancouver a few weeks ago. Popinjay is described as a dry hopped sour ale with a bright, juicy character. 4.5% ABV

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange/copper with a moderate amount of beige/off white head to it and a light amount of carbonation in the body. The head diminishes a tad to leave behind a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma: Decently hopped with a tropical and somewhat piney presence to it. Fairly sweet with a hint of pineapple. Sour? Not really but there's a hint of tart lemon at the very end.

Taste: For it being a dry hopped sour ale, I get a lot more of the dry hops more than the sour. The hop presence is a West Coast vibe to give off a tropical hop presence of pineapple and lemon zest and a bitter hop presence of pine. The sourness is there but very very subtle, it has a tart lemony presence to it and the yeast gives off a je ne sais quoi that I find in just about all non-wild yeast sours. Decently fruity, very easy to drink, and a bit grainy/grassy at the very end.

Overall Thoughts: Honestly one of the lightest sours for sourness I've ever had.. and that's not a bad thing because I'm incredibly meh to sours. The hoppiness of the beer was decent, it was a bit grainy and grassy, easy to drink. Would I drink this again? Yes! I feel like this is a much more sessional sour for me, something that I know won't be hurting my stomach in 20 minutes time. I'd like to see more light sours like this that aren't overly sour or tart and in-your-face.. and I'm sure I will likely review many in the future. Cheers!

https://strangefellowsbrewing.com/beer/popinjay/

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