Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Great God of Fun Red Ale by The Booth Brewing


2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20ChadPolenz (1774) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2017

 
DOB: 3/13/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 19A American Amber Ale

AROMA: Slightly nutty malty aroma with some earthy/piney hops as well. Nose is a mild overall. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Deep amber to copper proper. Mostly clear. Small, off-white foam never evaporates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Low to moderate amber maltiness with a nutty/earthy flavor. Not especially sweet, but more malty than hoppy. Gentle hop bitterness at the apex is slightly dry with an earthy/piney flavor. Faint mineral or metallic sensation in the aftertaste. 9/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and matching carbonation. Feels a bit thin and flat; more tepid than crisp. Finishes fairly clean. Seems much too light for 5% ABV. 2/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: More mild than bad. It’s just not a good example of the style. 4/10

TOTAL SCORE: 24/50

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Perrin Black

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChadPolenz (1773) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2017

 
DOC: ?

2015 BJCP Category: 20A American Porter

AROMA: Medium-light dark malt presence; slight coffee or burnt toast character. Minor cocoa sweetness. No distinct hop aromas. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Deep magenta/black hue. Clear. Large tan foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Malt-forward palette of lightly sweet, bready flavor. There is a consistent undercurrent of coffee imparting bitterness and balance. A bit of a cocoa powder flavor seems to emerge on the finish. Some dark fruity flavor and sweetness appear in the aftertaste. Hops are low and nondescript. Mild overall but otherwise to spec. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and carbonation. Feels too thin for 5.8% ABV. Smooth and quaffable. Not rich enough to be dessert; but too heavy to session. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An easy-to-drink dark ale that would really work if it committed to a style. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 33/50

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Perrin Gold

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChadPolenz (1772) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2017

 
DOC:?

2015 BJCP Category: 18A Blonde Ale

AROMA: Light buttery note; touch of apple or cider. Seems to have a light caramel malt presence. Minor spicy/floral hops. 6/12

APPEARANCE: Golden/maize hue; mostly clear. Moderate white foam never completely evaporates and leaves minor lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Mild palette with a soft malt sweetness and distinct caramel flavor as well. There is a subtle buttery/diacetyl taste on the finish but it’s not distracting or off-putting. Hops impart gentle bitterness and a slight spicy/citrusy taste. Not very exciting but not bad. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and matching carbonation. Though smooth, it would be better crisp. Aftertaste is briefly sweet but eventually fades to dry. Feels lighter than 4.9% ABV. 2/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Seems a bit amateurish for a production brewery’s offering. Not bad, but it could be so much better. 5/10

TOTAL SCORE: 27/50

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Perrin No Problems "A Session IPA"


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20ChadPolenz (1771) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2017


DOC: ?

2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA (Session IPA)

AROMA: Fairly prominent American hops with notes of spice rack seasonings, some pine and minor citrus pith. No malt definition, but presence is not absence. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Amber/pale orange hue. Slightly hazy but no sediment. Moderate white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Hops are present throughout with fruity flavor throughout the first half (mostly orange; some melon). A moderate bitter bite at the apex followed by herbal/spicy taste on the entire back end. Leave a bit of citrus peel aftertaste and minor, tolerable astringency. Malt base is simple enough to offer balance, but no sweetness nor distinctive flavors. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with medium-low carbonation. More smooth than crisp. Refreshing while in the mouth, but hops do linger somewhat. Plenty of flavor for a 4.5% ABV session brew, though it is rather filling. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely has what you expect and want in a session IPA. Not amazing, but nothing to dislike either. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mikkeller/Faction Queen of Passion


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20ChadPolenz (1770) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2017

 
DOC: 2/1/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 28B Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer (base style: 18B American Pale Ale)

AROMA: Fairly strong presence of American tropical fruit-like hops. Some caramel specialty malt sweetness is noticeable. There is a noticeable tartness to the nose, slightly barnyard but not sour or acidic. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Maize/pale orange hue; fairly clear body. Moderate off-white foam mostly evaporates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Tartness and a slight acidity are immediately noticeable, but are not intense or overboard. A bit of a farmhouse character on the first half with a general wheaty/pale malt taste (no perceived sweetness). American hops impart a fruity flavor and mild bitterness at the apex. Tartness and fruity hop flavors all emerge on the finish and complement each other very well. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Quite crisp in the mouth but never spastic. Feels lighter and more sessionable than its 5.4% ABV. Refreshing with a brief tart aftertaste which fades away cleanly. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Lives up to its tagline of a tart pale ale. A great balance of an APA with wild/funky character. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 45/50

Monday, March 6, 2017

An update on the progress of my BJCP project


Just a "quick" update video to let you know my BJCP tutorial project is still coming along. However, I am asking for your help on a few things:
1. What should I call the project and the accompanying website? I'm thinking BJCPbasics.com or LearnBJCP.com
2. Should I split the tutorials up into smaller, "bite size" videos that are only a few minutes each and cover one or two specific topics, or would longer lecture-style videos about a wide range of topics be better?
3. Do you know of any good 1080p webcam recording software? I have "ArcSoft Webcam Companion 3" and it'll only let me record in 720p (which is what this video is).

Any other suggestions or feedback you have is welcome (just don't be a dick).

Destihl Syncopathic


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20ChadPolenz (1769) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2017

 
DOC: 12/23/2016

2015 BJCP Category: 28B Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer (base style: 18B American Pale Ale)

AROMA: Strong sour aroma of refreshing lacto presence; some citrusy qualities and a hint of salt or seabreeze. No distinctive malt character. No alcohol. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Golden, almost glowing hue; fairly clear body. Large, Duvel-like froth retains and laces extremely well. 3/3

FLAVOR: One of the strongest palettes of both sourness and tartness I can recall. Lacto is very strong and fresh, but in a good, delectable, refreshing way. Absolutely no vinegary or spoilage qualities. Lemonade-like flavor and tartness up front with a subtle citrusy flavor in the background. No especially hoppy or bitter, though. Strong sourness on the finish makes me wince at first. Seems to have a slight saltiness in the aftertaste. Probably better considered a strong gose than a hybrid style. Palette is repetitive but enjoyable. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderate carbonation. Smooth texture with a crisp, tart, dry finish. Seems closer to a sessionable ABV than 6% as it’s very refreshing and highly quaffable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A delectable, ridiculously sour ale that’s refreshing and fun to drink. Difficult to classify as far as style, though. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Red Cypress Spook Hill

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1768) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2017

 
DOC:?

2015 BJCP Category: 18B American Pale Ale

AROMA: Moderately strong tropical and citrus fruit aroma. Grassy/piney scent is noticeable in the background. Medium-low caramel/amber malts invoke some sweetness. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Rusty copper/deep amber hue; very hazy body. Small off-white foam mostly dissipates. 1/3

FLAVOR: Hop-forward palette with moderately-strong notes of tropical, stone and citrus fruits. There is a spicy/woody sensation as it finishes which emphasizes the bitterness (which is restrained, but suffices for the style). Low malt presence with slight caramel specialty flavor, but otherwise not especially sweet. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth, slightly crisp and a tad refreshing. Hops leave a spicy sensation which is tolerable. Efficient for 5% ABV, but not what I would consider sessionable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: What you expect in an APA for the most part. Enjoyable but not amazing. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 36/50

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mikkeller California Dream

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1767) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2017

 
DOC: 11/11/2016

2015 BJCP Category: 18B American Pale Ale

AROMA: Moderately high spicy hops plus some lemony notes. Low grainy malt presence. No adjuncts, no off flavors. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Pale gold hue with a cloudy body. Moderate white soapy foam retains and laces well. 2/3

FLAVOR: The American hops impart fairly strong citrusy flavors, though a classic Noble hop spiciness is present. Malt base is clean grainy malt with little distinctive character and almost no sweetness. Hops linger momentarily but are not astringent. Slight tartness as well. Whether a true lager or an ale, the fermentation profile is clean. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body over moderate carbonation. Slightly crisp, but smooth and quaffable. Refreshing while in the mouth, but with a residual hoppy aftertaste. Highly efficient and sessionable at 4.6% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though marketed as a "hoppy pilsner," this is probably better considered an APA and works well as such. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

Friday, March 3, 2017

Southern Tier Nu Skool IPA


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20ChadPolenz (1766) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2017

 
DOC: 11/14/2016

2015 BJCP Category: 21A American IPA

AROMA: Strong pineapple aroma with background notes of lemon peel and a slight spiciness. Minor clean malt presence but nothing distinctive. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Yellow proper hue; clear body. Moderate off-white foam retains and laces well enough. 2/3

FLAVOR: Familiar West Coast-style palette with fairly strong pineapple, lemon, and a minor spicy taste on the finish. The lemon character could be oxidation, but it complements the natural fruit flavor of the hops quite well as to not be too distracting. It does add some sweetness, though. Malt base is rather simple and nondescript, but at least offers balance. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and matching carbonation. Somewhat crisp, also smooth. Slightly refreshing in the mouth with a lingering pineapple aftertaste. Seems about right for 6% ABV with no alcohol presence. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A fine West Coast-style IPA, but it’s almost a decade late to market. Enjoyable, but not wholly original. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 36/50

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee IPA

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChadPolenz (1764) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2017

 
DOC: 2/15/2017
2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA

AROMA: Strange juxtaposition of citrusy/spicy/herbal hops and tepid coffee. Not especially aromatic. No malt distinctiveness. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Gold/pale orange hue. Very clear. Moderate off-white soapy foam retains and laces fairly well. 2/3

FLAVOR: Standard West Coast-style IPA for the most part. Citrus hoppy flavors up front with a spicy/herbal taste on the backend. Coffee emerges in the middle in the form of a faux coffee flavoring. Seems to have a slight jalapeño aftertaste (beer is made with cold brew extract). Bitterness seems much lower than advertised. Malt base is nondescript. No alcohol presence. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-low carbonation. No challenge to drink, but it seems too light for 7.2% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Rather predictable and generic for the style. The coffee character is underwhelming. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 31/50

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Oskar Blues G'Knight Imperial Red IPA


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20ChadPolenz (1765) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2017


DOC: 2/14/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA - Red IPA

AROMA: Strong fruity hop aroma, especially of berry and citrus. Some piney notes as well. Low amber malt sweetness. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Reddish copper/amber. Clear. Large off white soapy foam retains and laces very well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Well-balanced palette of equal parts malty sweetness and dank hop bitterness and flavor. Base has a caramel/toffee-like taste not unlike an amber ale. Bitterness is dank rather than dry. Hops create light fruity notes on the first half (berry and citrus) followed by piney/resiny/smokey notes on the backend. Light clean alcohol flavor is not distracting. Slight residual sweetness and some drying bitterness make for a fine aftertaste. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Texture is fairly soft, but not chewy or velvety. Finishes smooth. Seems a little lighter than 8.7% ABV. Minor alcohol warmth. Would be ideal on nitro. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Has all the best features of ambers, strong ales and IPAs. A fun and interesting beer to drink. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Southern Tier Crème Brûlée (2017 re-review)


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20ChadPolenz (1763) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2017


DOB:12/12/2016

2015 BJCP Category: 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (base style: 16A Sweet Stout)

AROMA: As the name indicates, the aroma is of Crème Brûlée (vanilla custard). There is some dark malt sweetness, iced coffee, and minor alcohol presence as well. Simple but enticing nose. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque ink black. Moderate tan foam retains and laces fairly well. 2/3

FLAVOR: Vanilla dominates the palette from beginning to end. Slight vanilla extract-like taste at first with a strong caramelized custard flavor on the finish. The dark malt is there mostly for backbone and does not create for much distinctive character. Bitterness doesn’t really emerge until the finish as does the alcohol. Strange combination of bourbon-like vanilla booziness and dry bitterness on the finish with a cough medicine-like aftertaste. The palette is delectable in small doses only. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Full-bodied with fairly low CO2 to give it a viscous, creamy texture. The 10% ABV warmth is gentle, but difficult to ignore. A challenge to drink more than a sip at a time. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely delivers on its name, but goes a little overboard on the sweetness. A borderline novelty brew. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 34/50

NOTE: Read and watch my 2010 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2010/12/southern-tier-creme-brulee-chadz-beer.html

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Destihl Abbey's Single


3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20ChadPolenz (1763) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2017

 
DOC:12/8/2016

2015 BJCP Category:26C Trappist Single

AROMA: Medium-high Trappist yeast character. Citrusy esters with a clean, flowery or perfume fragrance. Some spicy notes. Some sweet grainy malt background notes. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Dark gold to light orange/copper hue. Cloudy body. Moderate off-white foam laces well. 2/3

FLAVOR: Lightly malty-sweet with honeyed biscuit/cracker flavors. There is a citrusy flavor (mostly orange) throughout. A spicy hoppy presence lingers in the background but becomes quite strong on the finish. Phenols create for a peppery, almost tobacco-like character (possibly tannins) which is strong enough to be a bit distracting. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Quite crisp with a dry, slightly bitter aftertaste. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Impressive that an American brewery would be able to produce this niche style on a large scale. Pretty much to spec and enjoyable. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 36/50

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Southern Tier Cherry Gose


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20ChadPolenz (1762) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2017

 
DOB: 9/8/2016

2015 BJCP Category: 29A Fruit Beer (base style: 27 Historical Beer: Gose)

AROMA: Lacto sourness is most prominent along with strong salt smell. Tart cherry juice is moderate and complements bouquet well. Everything seem authentic. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Fairly dark magenta hue; extremely hazy body is nearly opaque. Small white foam never completely dissipates. 3/3

FLAVOR: Lacto and salt are prominent immediately. Salt may be a bit too strong, though. Palette is consistently sour, but not to the intensity of a Belgian. The cherry flavor emerges briefly as it finishes, but is not overtly sweet or juicy. The tartness from the cherry complements the base flavors well. No malt or hop distinctiveness. Alcohol is nearly invisible. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Feels much lighter than 8.2% ABV as its crispness and refreshing quality make it remarkable quaffable. Finishes mostly clean, though there is a lingering salty taste on the lips. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Admirable brewing accomplishment of imperializing an otherwise light style AND adding authentic fruit flavor to it. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

Monday, February 20, 2017

Andechser Weissbier Hell


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20ChadPolenz (1761) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2017

 
DOB: L1595

2015 BJCP Category: 10A Weissbier

AROMA: A light fruity taste of banana yeast esters, orange and some green pear. Minor bubblegum and clove scents in the background. Seems to have a subtle skunky scent, but it is not distracting. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Burnished gold hue; body is hazy but clearer than most. Large bright white foam persists and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Light palette overall with a wheaty/bready base without any raw graininess or maillard products. Banana yeast esters emerge on the second half along with slight orangepeel. Clove-like phenols lurk in the background throughout to add a faint trace of spice. A light sour tang or tartness is briefly present right as it finishes but is not off-putting. No hop bitterness or flavor to speak of. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Feels much lighter than 5.5% ABV as it’s a little watery in texture. Very refreshing and a clean aftertaste is nice. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I prefer a more robust hefeweizen, but the easy drinkability of this makes up for it. Probably an old bottle, but quite enjoyable. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 35/50

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Motorworks Indy IPA

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChadPolenz (1760) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2017


 
DOC: 11/1/2016

2015 BJCP Category: 21A American IPA

AROMA: Pungent hoppy aroma of citrus and tropical fruit along with slight berry component. Sweet, almost candy aroma. Low clean grainy malt in the background. No alcohol. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Dark copper/flame orange hue. Cloudy but very translucent. Small, white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Quite fruity for the style with tropical fruit and slight berry flavors dominating. Sweetness may be a combination of hops and malt base. Has a residual sugary taste. Bitterness is strong, slightly dry, but not intense. No alcohol presence. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and matching carbonation. Smooth; slightly crisp but still soft. Hops linger momentarily as does a sweetness. Seems a little lighter than 6.9% ABV; a little refreshing too. No alcohol warmth. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: One of the sweetest IPAs I can recall, but the flavors work well together and it’s otherwise to-spec. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

Friday, February 17, 2017

Prairie Prairie Hop


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20ChadPolenz (1759) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2017

 
DOB: 12/1/2016

2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA: Belgian IPA

AROMA: Strong American hop aroma of stone, citrus and tropical fruit. A light wheat scent appears in the background. Esters and phenols are very obscured. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Very hazy copper/orange. Moderate off-white foam persists. 3/3

FLAVOR: A veritable fruit basket of flavors. Tropical and stone fruits are most prominent and are lightly sweet and almost juicy. Green pear is present in the background. Bitterness is moderate with a dry/spicy taste. Esters and phenols are present for slight pepper taste and drying sensation, but are obscured by the hops. Aside from a slight crackery taste, the malt base is passive. Alcohol plays no role in the palette. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Doesn’t feel sticky, but is certainly not crisp. The 8% ABV is well-masked as far as taste and warmth. Beer is genuinely refreshing and quaffable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though billed as a "Belgian-style ale" (saison?), it’s clearly a Belgian IPA and works well as such. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 42/50

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pilsner Urquell (2017 re-review)


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20ChadPolenz (1758) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2017


BBD: 6/11/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 3B Czech Premium Pale Lager

AROMA: Medium-high bready/grain pilsner malt. Slightly sweet with a subtle graham cracker component. Moderate spicy hops. Faint diacetyl is complements aroma and is acceptable. 11/12

APPEARANCE: Deep golden hue; brilliant clarity. Moderate white frothy head laces and retains well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Bready pale malt throughout. Clean and light at first but becomes sweeter as the swig progresses taking on a caramel or graham cracker taste. Spicy Noble hops are evident at the apex imparting a dry bitter bite and leaving an aftertaste akin to rye bread. Subtle minerally note on the finish. Well-balanced and delectable palette. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Very quaffable and sessionable at only 4.4% ABV. Crisp and refreshing with a mostly clean aftertaste. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This beer single-handedly created the pilsner style and still remains among the best of them all world wide. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 48/50

NOTE: Read my 2015 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2015/10/pilsner-urquell.html

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Southern Tier Raspberry White


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20ChadPolenz (1758) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2017

 
DOB: 1/8/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 29A Fruit Beer (base style: 1D American Wheat Beer)

AROMA: Very sweet raspberry smell akin to homemade jam. Light wheat presence. No hops or esters. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy pinkish-magenta hue not unlike a cocktail. Small bright white foam. 2/3

FLAVOR: Not as sweet as the nose would indicate. Raspberry is the most dominate flavor, but it’s more of a garnish and rather tart. This is not carbonated jam. Wheat base is quite noticeable and creates for a slight bready flavor. No hops or yeast esters. Simple and repetitive but enjoyable. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light body and moderate carbonation. Fairly crisp; refreshing while in the mouth; slightly tart on the finish with a clean aftertaste. Ideal summer beer at only 4.6% ABV (why is this a winter seasonal?) 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though standard for the fruity wheat beer style, it’s to-spec and drinker-friendly. It does what it’s supposed to do. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 36/50