A beer needs to do more than just look good if it’s going to make a name for itself on today’s store shelves. So, when Odell’s announced the release of its new fruited sour ale, Sippin’ Pretty, back in the fall of 2018, I was intrigued to learn what this new addition to the brewery's year-round lineup would bring to the beer cooler that its past sour releases had not. Premiered during a special tasting at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, Odell’s Sippin’ Pretty is a sour ale flavored with a blend of açai, guava, and elderberry that is balanced out with the addition of pink Himalayan sea salt.
Appearance and Aroma
Sippin’ Pretty’s can art certainly is pretty with pastel-colored, whimsical images of flowers, grasses, and hummingbirds adorning the label. The beer pours out of the can a cloudy, ruby pink hue. An effervescent soft, off-white head forms after pouring, but sadly doesn’t stick around long. The aroma on Sippin’ Pretty is subtle, with light aromatics of guava, berry, brine, and yeasty bread coming forth as I swirl the pinkish liquid around in my snifter.
If you don’t mind your beer not tasting like beer, then Sippin’ Pretty might be for you.”
The flavor on this beer follows the nose. The fruity tastes present are mostly subdued and settle themselves on my tongue as a simple, yet mostly flat flavor profile that is highlighted with a light tartness and salty finish. Surprisingly, Sippin’ Pretty is fairly thin-bodied, despite its hazy appearance, which had me expecting something juicier and more full-bodied. Overall, it reminds me more of drinking pink grapefruit juice than a beer.
If you don’t mind your beer not tasting like beer, then Sippin’ Pretty might be for you. If you, like me, were expecting something more, you may end up a bit disappointed with this beer. While its can art and the beer itself are pretty to look at, Sippin’ Pretty lacks the complexity of flavor and aromatic nuances I was hoping to find in a fruited sour ale from a brewery with a reputation like Odell’s.