Shapeshifter ‘Acid Raindrops’ Apricot & Blood Orange Sour


“Acid Raindrops is our ever evolving range of fruited sours. Pouring a bright orange, this batch is loaded with apricot and blood orange purée. It’s exactly what you’d expect.”

Glassware: Teku.

Appearance: Hazy light apricot-orange hue with a quickly vanishing head. Literally zero lace as we go.

Aroma: There’s just something about apricot in sour beer that goes hand in hand. In our opinion all the best Lambic and Gueuze have distinct aromas and flavours of apricot so there’s something about its tangy, tart, peachy and at times earthy profile that is delicious. Here they’re smelling a bit like the dried variety with hints of kumquat, peach skins, wheat grains, buttered bread and old herbs in support. The blood orange is hard to even pick up which is a shame.

Flavour: They could only loosely call this a sour. Again, not picking up any of the blood orange. Some tangy orange citrus is coming through but it’s more in the form of standard orange, kumquat and even at times the dried apricots act for it. Hints of peach/skins, hay/straw, wheat grains, really delicate earthy-ness and fleshy, chewy dried apricot to finish it off.

Mouthfeel: Good energy to it. Light on, sparkling, refreshing. Mild-moderate body. The 5.2% ABV is neither here nor there.

Overall: Look to be honest it’s not all that memorable. It is a pretty tasty drop but its clear lack of sourness leaves us asking what is it? One could almost call it an alcoholic soft drink. Yeah, not really what we’d hoped for.