Pure Delphyne Berliner Style Weisse w/ Dragon Fruit
Brewed by: Pure Project
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Ale
- Variation: Berliner Weiss
- Seasonal: Yes
- ABV: 4%
- IBU: 5
Brewer’s Notes and Ingedients
A bright, crisp and refreshingly tart sunshine beer featuring a light, pink color with lactic and sourdough notes on the nose. This classic Berliner Style Weisse features Dragon Fruit which adds both color and flavor depth to this sessional and effervescent German classic.
Additional: Dragon Fruit
More Delphyne Berliner Style Weisse w/ Dragon Fruit Images
Artwork: Solid magenta can, with Pure Project logo in white and sky blue.
Color: Bright pink, to fuchsia with slight haze.
Aroma: Gently acidic.
Arrived in: 16oz. Can
Served in: Official Pure Goblet
Amongst the local beer geek community, it’s no secret that Pure Project gets voted towards the top of the 2016 San Diego brewery class. At barely over a year old, they’re already taking their game to new heights with a monthly special release of pint cans like this beer, Delphyne Berliner Style Weisse w/ Dragon Fruit.
Sorry to review a beer that was super limited, but we’re pretty sure it will pop back up in the tasting room on draft at some point (which is where it started). Also, we had never consumed a beer with Dragon Fruit, or even knew what that was, so this was too intriguing of a beer adventure to NOT write about it.
Dragon Fruit: We don’t typically eat fruit before drinking beer, but in the name of science we picked some up to learn more about its flavor profile. Besides being the most expensive fruit in the produce section, Dragon Fruit featured a very subdued sweetness, with bitter crunchy black seeds inside its violet flesh. For being a tropical fruit, we were expecting juicier flavors.
As for this Dragon Fruit based Berliner, Delphyne offered a gentle sour acidic aroma. But what really caught our attention after it hit the glass was its beautiful vibrant pink to fuchsia hue. They weren’t lying on the can – the violet colored fruit flesh translated into a fluorescent ale with a slightly hazy body.
Up front this beer was surprisingly smooth, but quickly sharpened up with an effervescence that came out of nowhere. We say nowhere, since the beer looked fairly flat in the glass, but somewhere inside that violet colored elixir the carbonation made its presence known.
As soon as its effervescence kicked in, so did the refreshing tartness of the beer. Before the lactic notes, there was a mild fruity, sticky sweetness from the Dragon Fruit. The finish carried on the tartness, but not overly done making this an approachable Berliner for all.
We hope Delphyne returns in the summertime, cause this was a backyard beer and a half!
Final Score: 3.5/5
Pure Project brewed a crisp, snappy, and quenching Berliner Style Weiss that balanced its tartness through the use of a rare exotic fruit. And it’s not too often you get to drink pink beer, right?