Kokomo Royale – Tropical Fruit Smoothie Sour Ale
A tropical fruit smoothie sour ale with pink guava, pineapple, Tahitian lime, cherry, Madagascar vanilla, milk sugar, & pimento berry.
What’s A Smoothie Beer?
The simplest form of these styles is when brewers simply mix pureed fruit when they a finished beer. The pros of this method are that with very high additions of mushed fruit, you get a lot of flavors. I think it’s debatable how “fresh” it tastes because purees are processed by outside companies and the quality of the finished beer is so married to the quality of the fruit and puree process. Additionally, the high levels of “solids” in the puree give the beer the sensation of drinking a thick, pulpy, fruit smoothie — hence the name. The cons of this method include, and this is a big one, refermentation in the finished container. With all the fruit sugars introduced into the mix as well as yeast still in the beer, it’s only a matter of time and temperature to see when the can will explode or the keg will over-carbonate. It’s a real problem and there are a lot of industry folks that think this is dangerous and irresponsible of the brewer.
Blue Owl’s first two smoothie beers (StrawBerry RhuBOB and Kokomo Royale) are excellent examples of the sour smoothie beer style. We didn’t hold back at all when it came to the question, “how much fruit should we add?” We just put in all we could and essentially didn’t exactly know what we were going to get! In true Blue Owl fashion, we like complexity and use blends of fruits as well as spices like vanilla and allspice to add depth to the smoothie and even give it a cocktail flare. We ferment out all the fruit sugars from the puree so there are no issues with refermentation. To replace some of the sweetness, we use a high amount of milk sugar. It’s not fermentable and also adds to the creamy mouthfeel. We’re not into chunks floating around in our beers, so we ride a thin line between a really thick, pectin-filled smoothie while leaving behind as much of the sinking solids of the fruit behind in the fermentor. We think this is the best way to make you feel like you’re indulging in a fruit medley straight out of the blender!
Our most recent sour smoothie beer, Kokomo Royale is a Tropical Fruit Smoothie Sour Ale with pink guava, pineapple, Tahitian lime, cherry, Madagascar vanilla, milk sugar, & Jamaican pimento berry. Blended full of tropical fruits with a high ABV, this smoothie is thick and a guaranteed tropical contact high. This sour smoothie beer is one-of-a-kind and we brewed a very limited amount. So, swing Swing by our tasting room for a pour and a four-pack to-go, we’d love to know what you think!