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Cooter’s Beer Reviews: Avery Bug Zapper

At least the can artwork is solid…

Bug Zapper Beer Review: Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder, Colorado.

Limited Release: Sour Ale 6.0% Alc/vol

Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, malted wheat, lime zest, ginger, mint, hops & yeast.


While the graphic on the can isn’t a lie, Electric, Lively, and Bite sound more like 3 new flavors of Mountain Dew at Taco Bell than they do a description of a craft brew. Unfortunately those 3 words don’t really describe any flavors I’m interested in, in a craft beer.

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This is considered a “Sour Ale” , and for me, Sour ales are like Poke places. The really good ones are really fucking good, but there doesn’t need to be one on every street corner. Unfortunately, Bug Zapper falls into the category of Poke restaurants I’d like to see turn back into Boba Tea shops.

It’s just not that good. When you first crack the can, there is that signature sour smell which lands somewhere between a dirty sock in the laundry and a drink thats been spilled and never cleaned up.

As for the color, most sours look like the fruit they get their taste from. Some are purple, red, bright orange. Bug Zapper is similar in color to your pee after taking a handful of Centrum chewables. It’s bright piss colored.

For the taste this beer reminds me of a Sleepy Time Tea filled with mint and ginger chased by a Bud Light lime. Its not a terrible taste, but I don’t really want my beer to remind me of the last time I had a cold. On the back end you get the lime zest and sour. Its not so much to make your face look stupid, but it just doesn’t do anything for me.

Avery Bug ZapperThe best thing I can say in this beer review about Bug Zapper is: The can art is dope.

Otherwise, this beer is an average attempt to jump on a beer trend. Hopefully the Sour beer/ Poke craze ends soon and we can all move on with our lives. Just let The Bruery handle the world’s Sour beer production, and let Poke Haus handle the raw fish.

Final Grade: 5 / 10

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