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The 10 Best Fruited Sours of 2022

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Astonishingly in our list of "The Top Ten Styles of 2021," beers in the Sour - Fruited category clocked in fourth overall with just a hair over 3M check-ins. Interestingly enough, these tart renditions, known for leveraging a cornucopia of different fruits, were the only "non-IPA" style to make it into the top five of the year. 

The normal brewing rules do not apply when it comes to sour, so it seems these often tongue-twisting and cheek-puckering beers are continuing to attract craft beer fans.

You probably won't be surprised to see sour pros topping this list including Evil Twin Brewing NYC and Mortalis Brewing Company.

These are breweries who have perfected the pucker. 

But First, What Is a Fruited Sour?

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Image courtesy of Evil Twin Brewing NYC

Sour beers in general leverage natural microflora like Brettanomyces (often known as just Brett), Lactobacillus (often referred to as "lacto"), or Pediococcus (sometimes known just simply as "pedio") to create the incredible funky and intense flavors. 

Brewers can introduce that bacteria themselves, making the beer a kettle sour. Or they can let nature do the work by introducing the beer to the wild, open air, often called spontaneous fermentation

But it's the crucial act of adding fruit that makes a fruited sour. 

Did we mention that fruited sours often incorporate a myriad of produce? We've seen everything (and we mean everything), including: peaches, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, mango, plums, passionfruit, pineapples, lychee…the shopping list goes on and on. 

We've only scratched the surface of possibilities here. But we'll let breweries like Evil Twin and Mortalis, who dominate this list, continue to wow us with their wonders. 

Untappd's 10 Highest-Rated Fruited Sours of 2022

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Image courtesy of Evil Twin Brewing NYC

1. EVEN MORE HYDRA - ETNYC EDITION V.2 - Evil Twin Brewing NYC

EVEN MORE HYDRA - ETNYC EDITION V.2 label

EVEN MORE HYDRA - ETNYC EDITION V.2

Evil Twin Brewing NYC

Collaboration with Mortalis Brewing Company

Sour - Fruited

Total (?) 1,600

Unique (?) 1,372

7% ABV

No IBU

(4.62)

1,243 Ratings

2. EVEN MORE DAILY SERVINGS - Evil Twin Brewing NYC

EVEN MORE DAILY SERVINGS label

EVEN MORE DAILY SERVINGS

Evil Twin Brewing NYC

Collaboration with Trillium Brewing Company

Sour - Fruited

Total (?) 1,087

Unique (?) 999

7% ABV

No IBU

(4.59)

928 Ratings

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3. EVEN MORE HYDRA - ETNYC EDITION - Evil Twin Brewing NYC

EVEN MORE HYDRA - ETNYC EDITION label

EVEN MORE HYDRA - ETNYC EDITION

Evil Twin Brewing NYC

Collaboration with Mortalis Brewing Company

Sour - Fruited

Total (?) 3,048

Unique (?) 2,682

7% ABV

No IBU

(4.6)

2,429 Ratings

4. FRUCTUS DANICA 14 - RASPBERRY - BLACKBERRY - STRAWBERRY - Evil Twin Brewing NYC

FRUCTUS DANICA 14 - RASPBERRY, BLACKBERRY, STRAWBERRY label

FRUCTUS DANICA 14 - RASPBERRY, BLACKBERRY, STRAWBERRY

Evil Twin Brewing NYC

Sour - Fruited

Total (?) 1,203

Unique (?) 1,150

6.5% ABV

No IBU

(4.51)

1,082 Ratings

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Image courtesy of Mortalis Brewing

5. Hydra | Schmoojee A La Mode - Mortalis Brewing Company

Hydra | Schmoojee A La Mode label

Hydra | Schmoojee A La Mode

Mortalis Brewing Company

Collaboration with Imprint Beer Co.

Sour - Fruited

Total (?) 1,634

Unique (?) 1,491

7% ABV

No IBU

(4.49)

1,373 Ratings

6. PAUL GRENIER'S LEGENDARY SANGRIA - Evil Twin Brewing Company

PAUL GRENIER’S LEGENDARY SANGRIA label

PAUL GRENIER’S LEGENDARY SANGRIA

Evil Twin Brewing NYC

Sour - Fruited

Total (?) 2,328

Unique (?) 2,103

6% ABV

No IBU

(4.45)

1,962 Ratings

7. Soursmith Black Raspberry - Arclight Brewing Company

Soursmith Black Raspberry label

Soursmith Black Raspberry

Arclight Brewing Company

Sour - Fruited

Total (?) 6,237

Unique (?) 4,860

5.2% ABV

8 IBU

(4.49)

4,461 Ratings

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8. Hydra | Slushmallow - Mortalis Brewing Company

Hydra | Slushmallow label

Hydra | Slushmallow

Mortalis Brewing Company

Collaboration with 450 North Brewing Company

Sour - Fruited

Total (?) 1,190

Unique (?) 1,050

7% ABV

No IBU

(4.42)

966 Ratings

9. Even More Hydra 2020 - Mortalis Brewing Company

Even More Hydra 2020 label

Even More Hydra 2020

Mortalis Brewing Company

Collaboration with Evil Twin Brewing NYC

Sour - Fruited

Total (?) 2,956

Unique (?) 2,629

7% ABV

No IBU

(4.49)

2,375 Ratings

10. Everybody Walk the Dinosaur - Neon Raptor Brewing Co

Everybody Walk the Dinosaur label

Everybody Walk the Dinosaur

Neon Raptor Brewing Co.

Sour - Fruited

Total (?) 1,276

Unique (?) 1,179

10% ABV

No IBU

(4.41)

1,111 Ratings

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