The thing about the past, is it's the past. To have the past in the present messes with the spacetime continuum. Which as good as it is, puts a lot of pressure on this beer.
Horological theories aside, this fruit sour from Track contains heaps of raspberry, strawberry and blueberry, creating a fruit-smoothie of flavour that goes down a little too nicely.
Refreshingly crisp and tart, but with a bucket of berry sweetness mean this one is a little bit of a contradiction on itself - which could explain the name.
Past in Present: Taste Test
The aroma is massively fruity with a cacophony of berries bursting forth from the can when it's popped. The pour is a hazy raspberry colour that's opaque enough to give it a lot of thickness and depth.
The flavour is sharp and tart at first, like raspberries that are just starting to turn and go a little sour. After this initial sour hit though it becomes a real sweet treat, with all of the berry flavours coming through which combined with the thickness makes it pretty similar in texture and flavour to a fruit smoothie.
The aftertaste continues this theme, leaving a strawberry flavour into the aftertaste that, while subtly sour, is mainly sweet and smooth. It's actually nicer than some genuine smoothies I've tried.
Past in Present: Can Notes
I get tie-dye vibes from this can, with all the pink shades and pink pastels mingling together to create quite a stunning visual effect, which definitely catches your eye.
With such a aesthetically pleasing label design, the information on it needs to be subtle and that's exactly what it is. The Track logo in simple white, with a beer name, style and strength all quite plainly written allow you to stay focused on the can without having to wonder what's in it.
On the back is some info about the beer and brewery, along with the word 'beer' and the listed ingredients in several different languages, which is actually quite a nice touch as I've always wondered what 'barley' was in German (gerste).
Buy Past in Present Sour
Grab a can of this sour smoothie online at Craft Metropolis for £6.25, which is about the cost of a fruit smoothie with all those things in anyway so you might as well try this one.
We got ours from Beer Central, so it's also worth checking out local bottle shops, especially if you're local to Manchester or relatively northern.
A fan of beer since his first can of John Smiths he snook out of his Dad's fridge, Adam is now a craft beer enthusiast. To offset this 'hobby', he also cycles, runs and plays cricket when not spending time with his family.
Track Brewing Co
Raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, sweet, tart, dry