Not every beer needs to be a sour to capture consistent fruity notes, and Wild Leap Brew Co.’s Sunvale Blueberry Lemon proves just that.
The light wheat beer builds has a solid base that adds to the flavors of blueberries and lemons, offering a slightly sweet and refreshing beer without the tartness of a sour.
Sunvale Blueberry Lemon
Brewery: Wild Leap Brew Co.
Alcohol by volume: 5 percent
International Bitterness Units: 5
Bottom line: A refreshing wheat beer that doesn’t shy away from embracing sweet blueberry and lemon flavors
This particular beer is a part of the brewery’s Sunvale series, which follows the same fruity-wheat beer style.
Chris Elliott, brewmaster of Wild Leap in LaGrange, said he packed in 1,000 pounds of blueberries, or about half a pound of berries per gallon, to make the blueberry lemon beer.
“There’s definitely a market for it where people think the sours are just too sour for them, but they want something in that fruited realm,” Elliott said. “This was just to touch that market, but we’re planning on doing more on the sour side this year.”
What I love about this beer is that it holds true to its blueberry and lemon branding. I’ve tried other wheat beers that boast upfront fruit flavors, only for me to catch a whisper of them.
Sunvale Blueberry Lemon seems designed to compliment its fruity flavors, not only hitting you with sweet blueberries and lemons but a hint of malt as well.
This is the type of beer ideal for the warmer months when you need something light and refreshing that isn’t too unconventional to share with your friends who haven’t quite dived into the craft beer scene.
And while we’re here, let’s talk about Wild Leap’s upcoming juicy IPA — Alpha Abstraction Volume 6.
This brew, which will be released on Monday, March 18, is the sixth of the brewery’s Alpha series.
“My goal is less to make a specific type of beer, but I want it to be juice-like with a little bit of acidity,” he said. “I want to make a beer that backs up the hops, but gives the impression of fruit.”
He said the hops used were an experimental batch that earned its official title as “Lotus” around a month ago. They offer notes of tropical punch, orange and vanilla, which Elliott said come through with the final product.
Other series are on the horizon for the brewery, including one that may involve a gose or Berliner Weisse style.
“Stay tuned, we have some really interesting beer coming out in 2019,” Elliott said.