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We crafted Guava Rodeo Sour Ale to take your tastebuds for a tart tromp around the yard and buck them headlong into the tropical fruit flavors of pink guava and tangerine. Cracking a can sends aromas of mango, passionfruit, lemon and tangerine charging into your snout; and a small swig of Guava Rodeo contains enough intense fruity guava flavor to immediately inspire an internet search for whatever the heck guava is. Oskar Blues brewers developed this sour ale with the help of some innovative yeast strains which produce the lactic acid necessary for a punch of tartness. Copious amounts of pink guava and tangerine are then added to balance and enhance the refreshing zing with a sweet, fruity finish.
A note on IBUs from the nerds in the lab
Bitterness quantification is a vital part of the QC program at Oskar Blues, but the traditional IBU metric tells an incomplete tale. The IBU test measures the total amount of multiple chemical compounds that cause a beer to taste bitter. However, it cannot differentiate between those compounds, which occur in varying amounts and are all perceived with varying levels of bitterness intensity and duration. Increased dry hopping levels, in particular, cause dramatic shifts in perceived bitterness without changing the IBU result by much, if any. For example, Dale’s Pale Ale and the Can-O-Bliss IPA series have nearly the same IBU measurement, but Can-O-Bliss uses nearly three times the amount of hops and presents a much lower perceived bitterness.