BREWER: Phantom Brewing Co., Berkshire, England
VESSEL: 440ml tin
DATE OF POST: 5th June 2022
What the F is a Mermaid Sour?
Time to hit the google machine…
Ah of course, Mermaid is a cocktail that includes pineapple and coconut in it’s line up of ingredients. Our Mermaid Sour, Coral, also contains pineapple and coconut. However it is actually the blue raspberries used that takes centre stage in our beer here. Pineapple is present for sure but playing more of a supporting role. And as for the coconut, well the flavour didn’t come through for me unless I pursed my lips, which was quite odd but in some way quite cool too as gave a little added extra as you moved through the drink. However it’s the texture of the brew that is helped out from the coconut. Because of the coconut Coral is so creamy and smooth as you drink it down.
For me when it comes to the world of sours I prefer them to be SOUR, like eye twitching sour, but that is just personal taste. Coral is not eye twitchingly sour but that certainly does not make it a bad brew…
It’s complex as hell, comes in a frankly awesome tin and errrr, pours a striking green!!!
Jymi’s Rating: 70%
Coral, the beer, that is, is a mermaid sour. What the hecky decky is a mermaid sour? I hear you ask. The truth is, I have no bleedin’ idea.
Of note, is the colour of Coral. It’s almost fluorescent green. And yes, I agree, something that’s described as fluorescent of any colour does not sound in the slightest appealing, especially when it comes to a beer.
With Coral, don’t let the colour put you off. This beer is different. And in a good way. There’s sweet raspberry upfront, which is quickly followed by a brief, not overpowering, sour finish. While it’s by no means the sourest of beers, there’s enough there to class it as one.
I concede that Coral will not tick everyone’s beer drinking box. But what the team at Phantom have done is create something that is most definitely unique. You go on a journey as you drink and arguably, that’s what you want when trying out their beer.
Whatever a mermaid sour is, I would have another one thank you very much.
Sammy’s Rating: 71%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 70.5%
MOB review next weekend: LIGHTHOUSE by HEDGEDOG BREWING
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