I have had these knocking about in the fridge for a couple of months so I decided to make the best of the warm weather and see how refreshing they are.
From Chorlton Brewing in Manchester is a Citra Brett pale ale. It's only 4.5% so I figured it would be a good one to start off with. I actually had two of these and the other one I had a few months ago but I didn't write about it. The reason was because the can had expanded and looked deformed. The interesting this is that I noticed a few cans like that when I picked it up at the off-licence so the beer is clearly a little over-active in the can. The beer is fermented entirely using Brettanomyces which while not unique, is certainly not the norm. It's also first and foremost a pale ale and uses citra and waimea hops, always a good combination. All of this leads to a bitter and tart beer that has a sort of rosemary, herbal thing going on. It was very dry and bordered on astringent. A fair bit of lemon sherbet kept it from being overpowering. All in, it was a really satisfying beer on a warm and sunny evening.
Sur Amarillo from To Øl is similar in that it's another sour pale ale but this one is a 7.5% beast in a much larger can. This was much more extreme in the tart and bitterness end of the spectrum. This is a purely amarillo hopped beer hence the name. Lemon and a slight straw grassy and tropical note with some orange pith help to keep the bitter and tart extremes in check.
Another refreshing sour beer to end the evening on.