Two Rabbits Shiso Sour is a 6% fruited sour from Two Rabbits Brewing Company, based in Omihachiman, in Shiga, Japan. It’s part of their canned and draft lineup, though its availability is unknown at the time of writing. As the name suggests, Two Rabbits Shiso Sour is brewed with shiso, which is better known as perilla or beefsteak leaf.
Two Rabbits Shiso Sour Aroma and Taste
Two Rabbits Shiso Sour poured out a clear orange colour with some hints of pink strewn through it. I was honestly expecting something a bit more purple, considering that shiso leaves can also be purple, but thankfully it wasn’t as lurid as other beers. The head was big and fluffy though it didn’t last long as the bubbles popped away to leave a thin ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma was a peculiar aroma of mint and berries coming off Two Rabbits Shiso Sour – kind of like raspberry more than anything else. Once Two Rabbits Shiso Sour had warmed up, there was just a slight hint of sweetness from the malts, but the sourness and mint aromas were the strongest.
With Two Rabbits Shiso Sour being a sour beer, there was of course a sour flavour to the beer but it was drinkable and pleasant, rather than overpowering or harsh. The mint flavour wasn’t as strong as I thought it was going to be – a little strange to have that in a beer, and as I found out recently, shiso is a marmite kind of flavour with some of my friends being very dismissive of the flavour, while others enjoyed it. With the raspberry flavour going on with the fruits, it seemed to be paired off nicely against one another. The malt brought a slight sweetness to take some of the sour edge off in the end.
Two Rabbits Shiso Sour The Bottom Line
This is a marmite beer – if you like shiso and sours, you’ll like Two Rabbits Shiso Sour.
Where to Buy Two Rabbits Shiso Sour
Two Rabbits Shiso Sour can be bought online at the following places: