Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Highland Oatmeal Porter

Fill date: 3/8/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (base style: 20A American Porter)

AROMA: Slightly sweet, cereal-like nose with faint dark malt presence but nothing roasty. Moderate hop presence akin to pine or flowers. Mild aromas all around; nothing indicative of a traditional dark beer. 6/12

APPEARANCE: Clear, dark ruby/brown (22-34 SRM). Fairly large, tan froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Fairly sweet palette overall with moderate dark malt flavor but lacking any roasty or coffee-like character. Surprisingly strong hop presence throughout with noticeable piney/floral flavor. Bitterness is strong enough for balance. Beer lacks any overt oatmeal flavor or other associated tastes. Finish is slightly bitter and dry. 9/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium carbonation. Smooth texture; does not feel viscous or heavy on the tongue. Feels much lighter than 5.9% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Is neither a traditional porter nor oatmeal stout; just a boring dark beer. Not sure I see the point. 4/10

TOTAL SCORE: 25/50

Monday, April 23, 2018

NoDa Coco Loco

Fill date: 3/30/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (base style: 20A American Porter)

AROMA: Even blend of base porter dark maltiness and chocolate and coconut additives. Nose is fairly sweet, but also contains some roasted malt presence that is reminiscent of coffee. Moderate earthy/floral hop presence. Clean fermentation. No alcohol presence. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Extremely deep ruby to black proper (32-44 SRM). Clear body. Large tan, frothy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Lightly sweet at first with notes of milk chocolate and dark malt. There is an underlying roasted flavor, though most of the bitterness comes from the hops which also impart a moderately-low earthy/floral flavor. Coconut emerges on the backend to provide a spicy balance to sweet malty base. Aftertaste is bittersweet; akin to coffee with sugar and cream. Clean fermentation; no alcohol presence. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; medium carbonation. Texture is very smooth; borderline creamy or silky. Great drinkability at 6.2% ABV and no alcohol warmth. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A great dessert beer that's tasty, highly drinkable, AND to-spec. This is how you make a good SHV brew. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 45/50

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Thirsty Nomad The Queen

Fill date: 4/16/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 26C Belgian Tripel

AROMA: Virtually odorless nose. Only faint hint of spice and esters. 5/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy shade of yellowish-orange (4-7 SRM). Large white foam mostly dissipates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Moderate amber malt base with some caramel sweetness. Moderately-low yeast-derived peppery flavors in the background and faint banana-like esters in the aftertaste. Hop bitterness is moderate with low spicy flavor. Alcohol is present and adds a slight butterscotch note. Likely not fermented at proper temperature nor duration. Seems under-attenuated. Doesn't taste bad, but is far from spec. 11/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; low carbonation. Smooth, but not sticky. At 9.3% ABV, the alcohol warmth is fairly tame. Decent drinkability, but opposite of spec for the style. 2/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: It's within the ballpark of the style, but still has a way to go just to be an average example. 4/10

TOTAL SCORE: 24/50

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Cantillon Grand Cru Bruocsella


Fill date: 10/4/17 (from a 2014 brewing season)

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 23D Lambic

AROMA: Moderately-strong wild character including all the farmhouse-type adjectives. There is a moderate fruity presence of white grape, green pear and red apple along with a slight note of mead. Sourness is present, but rather tame and of course clean lactic. Malt and wheat base is quite subtle, but no with implied sweetness. No off-notes. No hops (none needed). 12/12

APPEARANCE: Slightly hazy honey/copper hue (7-9 SRM). Small white soapy suds when poured mostly dissipate (this is normal due to acidity and lack of carbonation). 3/3

FLAVOR: Complex palette of fruity and funky flavors from the microbiota terroir. Green pear, white grape, red apple cider, barnyard, mead, and pale malt all combine to form a delectable, complex, and interesting flavor combination to say the least. Sourness is moderately-low with a clean lactic presence which makes for a refreshing acidic sensation. Though well-attenuated, it is not bone dry as the wheat and malt base are still noticeable in taste, but lacking in sweetness. No hop bitterness or flavor (none needed). 20/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; very low to no carbonation. Though tepid, it does not feel overtly flat or watery; nor oily or slick. Smooth texture with a tart, dry finish; it is quite refreshing. Though technically light at 5% ABV, it feels just a bit stronger. Drinking this in large quantities is no challenge, though. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An amazing brewing accomplishment and one of the most interesting beers you will ever try. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 50/50

Friday, April 13, 2018

Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Bottling code: 30CQ

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 23C Oud Bruin

AROMA: Lovely mix of sweet confectionery notes (vanilla, caramel, toffee) from the malt and sour fruitiness (black cherry, red currant) from lacto and yeast esters. Nose is a little more malty than sour. No hop aroma (none needed). 10/12

APPEARANCE: Dark garnet/brown proper (27-34 SRM). Slightly hazy body. Large, tan froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: More overtly sour and tart-tasting than nose would indicate. Classic Belgian yeast ester-derived fruity esters (mostly red fruits) are present throughout. Sourness is moderate, but still allows for the genuine malt base to come through. Moderately-strong confectionery sweet flavors of vanilla and toffee along with slight toasted malt are all present. Low, but noticeable hop bitterness with perhaps a faint earthy/floral character. No signs of oxidation or diacetyl. Aftertaste is lightly sweet and tart, but finishes mostly clean. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-low carbonation. Texture is noticeable soft and smooth. Clean lactic acidity creates for a somewhat refreshing experience. Drinkability is remarkably high and at only 5.5% this is not a beastly brew. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Great example of how the Oud Bruin style can be genuinely malty and sour simultaneously. Easy drinkability is the icing on the cake. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 46/50

NOTE: See my 2014 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2014/10/monks-cafe-flemish-sour-ale.html

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Fill date: 4/6/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 5D German Pils

AROMA: Moderate clean grainy malt impression with slight sweetness (but far from bready-rich). A light honey note. Moderate spicy/floral hops. Seems to have faint sulfur and/or DMS (both acceptable for the style). Fermentation seems to be clean and complete, otherwise. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Clear golden hue (2-4 SRM). Moderate white foam retains and laces fairly well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderately-high hop bitterness with a spicy/floral taste and a dry finish. Aftertaste is slightly spicy, but has a light maltiness, too. Malt base is clean and grainy with a mild honey flavor and sweetness. Palette is well-balanced. Faint sulfate water character, but this is not distracting (acceptable for the style). Fermentation appears to be clean and complete. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium carbonation. Smooth, crisp, refreshing and sessionable at only 4.7% ABV.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Was never a fan of this beer until now. Pretty close to spec for the style (whether that was their intention or not). 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 42/50

NOTE: Read my 2013 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2013/05/oskar-blues-mamas-little-yella-pils.html

Monday, April 9, 2018

Rodenbach Grand Cru


Fill date: 8/8/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 23B Flanders Red Ale

AROMA: Moderately-strong fruit-forward aroma with notes of tart cherry, sour grape and currants. The sourness is present, but only at a moderate strength with a clean lactic acidity. Some Brett character is also noticeable. Malt base is quite bready with an indication of sweetness. Perhaps faint confectionery notes. No hops (none needed). 10/12

APPEARANCE: Slightly hazy deep reddish-brown hue (17-22 SRM). Moderate tan creamy froth retains and laces fairly well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Strong fruity/juicy flavor throughout. Distinct notes of cherry, grape, currant, and slight orange flavor. Sourness is tame at first, but finishes with an acidic bite. Malt base creates for a slightly bready sensation. Certainly sweet, with subtle confectionery notes, though still very well attenuated. Finish is tart from the Brett, though it eventually fades away cleanly and completely. No vinegary notes or phenols. No hop flavor and just the faintest noticeable bitterness. 19/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a creamy texture. Carbonation is low, but does not feel flat or watery. Beer is quite refreshing and remarkably drinkable due to restrained sourness. Makes full use of its 6% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Delicious and highly drinkable, this is an absolute World Class example of the style. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 47/50

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Destihl Wild Sour Series: Flanders Red

Fill date: 12/21/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 23B Flanders Red Ale

AROMA: Moderately-strong sour/fruity aroma of cherry and currant. Slight sweet component akin to vanilla. Sourness is clean lactic. No hop or malt distinctiveness (none needed).

APPEARANCE: Hazy, deep reddish-brown hue (13-34 SRM). Small off-white foam mostly dissipates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Moderately-high sourness throughout; though also quite tart with authentic black cherry and red currant flavors. Palette is noticeably acidic, but mostly clean. There is a subtle sangria-like flavor in the background which lingers briefly; otherwise aftertaste is quite clean. Despite complex malt grist, there is little malt distinctiveness or sweetness. Brew is fairly well-balanced despite no hop flavor nor obvious bitterness. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; low carbonation. Best drank in sips. No overt alcohol presence and feels a bit lighter than its 6.1% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Impressive brewing feat considering how well an American brewery was able to emulate this niche Belgian style. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Jackie O's Berliner Weisse


Fill date: 2017

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 23A Berliner Weisse

AROMA: Clean lactic sourness; moderate intensity. Nearly equally strong presence of citrus peel and pome fruit. A subtle Brettanomyces funkiness can also be found which ties all the components together. Malt and wheat base are just slightly doughy; otherwise no distinctiveness. No hops (none needed). 9/10

APPEARANCE: Pale orange/maize hue (4-5 SRM). Slightly cloudy body. Large white foam when poured, though it mostly dissipates and laces not at all (this is normal for the style). 3/3

FLAVOR: Very strong, but clean lactic sourness throughout. A candy-like taste at first with an underlying doughy component from the malt and wheat. Once it hits the apex, a moderate citrus pith and pome fruit flavor emerges. There is a subtle sweetness to balance the sourness. Subtle Brettanomyces accentuates the fruit character and provides for a tart, dry aftertaste. No hop flavor or bitterness (none needed). 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderately-high carbonation. Crisp, juicy acidity and tartness like a fresh Granny Smith apple. Very refreshing and highly drinkable at 5.2% ABV. Brew is a bit too strong for traditional style expectations, though.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Delectable and refreshing; this seems to be a pretty authentic representation of the style (albeit a tad Americanized). 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 42/50

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Weyerbacher Quad

Fill date: 11/30/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale

AROMA: Moderate fruity esters with a noticeable banana character. Slightly spicy and clove-like phenolics as well. Malt base is present, but sweetness likely due to Belgian syrup. Alcohol creates for slight vanilla. No hops (none needed). 9/12

APPEARANCE: Dark, but mostly clear ruby/garnet hue (17-22 SRM). Moderate off-white sudsy foam dissipates quickly. No lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Yeast esters and phenolics account for most of the flavors here. Palette is quite sweet with banana and red fruits in front and a spicy clove/spiced-rum flavor in the background. Vanilla or caramel also seems to be present, though most likely from Belgian syrup. Actual malt is nondescript; not especially bready or rich. Moderately-low bitterness and no distinctive hop flavor (none needed). 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth texture. Remarkably drinkable for such a strong potency of 11.8%. Alcohol is warm, but gentle.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Delectable, drinkable, and mostly to spec, but it does seem to be a bit faux. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 38/50

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Civil Society Social Lube

Fill date: ?

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 21B Specialty IPA (New England IPA)

AROMA: Very strong tropical/citrus fruit aroma; almost juicy. A slight herbal or grassy component. Enough base malt for balance, though no implied sweetness or specialty character. Clean fermentation. 11/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque pale orange hue (4-5 SRM). Moderate white foam mostly dissipates but leaves some lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Strong hop flavor throughout. Classic NEIPA style of juicy tropical fruits and some pink grapefruit-like flavor. There is also a spicy hop note in the background. Actual bitterness level is moderate. Base malt provides enough support for balance and moderate sweetness, though no specialty character. Aftertaste is a bit yeasty, but also with a dried citrus peel-like taste. No alcohol presence. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Texture is smooth; almost creamy. Beer is refreshing and easily drinkable despite being rather strong at 7% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Smells great, tastes good, and easily drinkable. One of the better NEIPAs that's not actually made in New England. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 44/50

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Anchor California Lager


Fill date: 12/14/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 27 Historical Beer: Pre-Prohibition Lager

AROMA: Moderately-strong sweet grainy maltiness. Medium-low earthy/floral hops. Clean fermentation; difficult to distinguish any obvious yeast esters. Perhaps just a faint trace amount of DMS (acceptable). 10/12

APPEARANCE: Clear golden/pale copper hue (4-7 SRM). Moderate white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Classic pale malt lager base, though sweeter, more authentic, and no adjuncts present (brew is all-malt). There is a touch of lemon and graham cracker in the background. Moderate dry hoppy bitterness, but with a low general earthy/floral hop flavor. Balance is close to even. Hops linger briefly for a dry aftertaste. Well-attenuated with a mostly clean fermentation (yeast esters may account for some of the flavor, but are subtle to be sure). 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium carbonation. Smooth texture; refreshing; highly drinkable and sessionable at only 4.9% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I can't say just how closely this emulates pre-prohibition lagers (not without a time machine, anyway); but it certainly exemplifies the specs for the style. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 44/50

Monday, April 2, 2018

Yuengling Golden Pilsner

Fill date: 3/22/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 2A International Pale Lager

AROMA: Mild nose overall with a low grainy-malty barley character with a subtle graham cracker component. Very low lemony/spicy hops. Fermentation seems to be clean. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Brilliantly clear golden color (2-4 SRM). Large white foam mostly dissipates but does leave some lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: A low amount of clean grainy malt with just the slightest graham cracker/honey flavor. Equally low hops with a earthy/spicy flavor; low bitterness. Aftertaste is neutral. Overall palette is quite mild, even by International Pale Lager standards. Fermentation seems to be complete and clean. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium carbonation. Smooth; slightly slick. Refreshing and highly drinkable at 4.7% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely not a pilsner, but a pretty good Int'l Pale Lager. I'd prefer more flavor, however, the target audience probably doesn't. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 38/50

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Anderson Valley Framboise Rose Gose

Fill date: 2/15/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 29A Fruit Beer (base style: 27 Historical Beer: Gose)

AROMA: Clean lactic acidity; moderate raspberry sweetness; moderately-low salt; subtle spice from the rose hips. Like a jar of fresh jam at the beach. Light bready/doughy malt/wheat base. No hops (none needed). 10/12

APPEARANCE: Pinkish-copper hue (N/A SRM) over a somewhat cloudy body. Small amount of white foam evaporates fairly quickly. 2/3

FLAVOR: Pungent palette with a variety of flavors. Strong lactic acidity at all times. Salt is moderately-high throughout (a bit too high, as it overrides some of the other flavors). Raspberry adds a lightly sweet fruity flavor in the background (a bit too low, a richer, sweeter fruity component would help counter the salt). Malt/wheat base emerges as a moderate bready/doughy taste on the backend. Aftertaste is tart and salty. Difficult to distinguish the rose hips. No hops (none needed). 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Refreshing while in the mouth with a mouthwatering sensation in the aftertaste from the salt. Highly drinkable at only 4.2% ABV. Ideal warm weather/beach beer.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Good modern take on an historical style. A little less salt and a little more fruit would make it perfect. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Victory Summer Love Ale (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Enjoy by date: 8/5/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 18A Blonde Ale

AROMA: Moderate hop aroma of lemonpeel and pine.  Moderate clean, slightly sweet, pils malt presence. Faint fruity esters; otherwise clean fermentation. 11/12

APPEARANCE: Mostly clear golden hue (2-4 SRM). Moderately-large white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Soft malty impression all around. Reminiscent of a pilsner, but less raw malt taste. Slightly sweet honey-like flavor in second half which lingers into the aftertaste. Hops are firm enough to notice with a citrusy/piney/spicy flavor and moderate dry bitterness. Slightly spicy hop flavor lingers briefly in the aftertaste. Faint fruity esters; otherwise clean fermentation. Palette is extremely well-balanced and relatively robust, but not to the point of exceeding style guidelines. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Quite sessionable at 5.2% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Yes, there is such thing as a World Class blonde ale. More flavorful than most, yet still a truly drinker-friendly blonde. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 47/50

NOTE: See my 2015 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2015/07/victory-summer-love-ale.html

Friday, March 30, 2018

Bell's Third Coast Old Ale (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Fill date: 9/11/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 22C American Barleywine

AROMA: Very strong malty aroma with a sweet fruity character (red fruits like apple, cherry, plum, etc.). Some confectionery notes as well. Hops are moderate with a earthy/floral character, though the nose seems much more balanced towards the malt. Alcohol is present and creates for slight vanilla note; otherwise clean. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Deep ruby/blood red/mahogany (17-27 SRM). Cloudy body due to chill haze (clears as it warms). Large, tan, frothy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Big flavor notes in every way. Malt-centric to be sure with strong flavors of red fruit, rich bread, and some confectionery notes. Hops are moderately strong with a general earthy/floral flavor, but dry/slightly spicy bitterness. Palette is more malty than hoppy, but is not cloying or overtly unbalanced. Alcohol is clean and smooth with a subtle vanilla taste. Aftertaste is bittersweet as all elements linger. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Full-bodied; medium carbonation. Texture is smooth and thick, but never a sticky or cloying sensation. At 10.2% ABV there definitely is noticeable alcohol warmth, but it is smooth and gentle; never burning or solventy. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A delicious, highly drinkable barleywine. A little less hoppy than most American BWs; still pretty excellent otherwise. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 42/50

NOTE: See my 2014 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2014/10/bells-third-coast-old-ale.html

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Coppertail Slam Piece

Best before date: 5/6/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (base style: 23A Berliner Weisse)

AROMA: Moderate clean lactic sour character. Cucumber is also present, but less intense. Seems authentic. A general pale malt/wheat presence, though low. No hops (none needed). 8/12

APPEARANCE: Brilliant shade of yellow/gold (2-4 SRM). Small white foam mostly dissipates. 3/3

FLAVOR: Clean, grainy malt throughout with a slight crackery flavor from wheat. There is a tame tartness at first which complements the malt well. Acidity is mild up front, but becomes quite intense (albeit briefly) with a lemon juice taste at the apex. Aftertaste is tart and bone dry. Cucumber flavor is a background note at all times. It does work in this context, but it's obscured by the sour and tart character. No hops (none needed). 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light body; high carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing for warm weather conditions. Plenty of character for 3.5% ABV; though I'm not sure it's something really sessionable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Interesting choice of adding cucumber to a Berliner Weisse, though I think the base brew overrides the garnish too much. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 34/50

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Pair O' Dice Little Joe Stout

Fill date: ?

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 16B Oatmeal Stout

AROMA: Fairly strong roasted malt/black coffee aroma. Slightly nutty from oatmeal with implied sweetness. Subtle earthy/floral hops. No yeast esters, diacetyl, or alcohol (none needed). 10/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque black (44 SRM) with brown highlights. Moderately-large dark creamy head retains fairly well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Somewhat sweet at first with general dark malt flavors. Oatmeal is present in the form of a nutty/grainy flavor. Hop bitterness is medium with moderate earthy/piney flavor. Palette finishes with fairly strong roasted malt flavor and a bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. All flavors work well together. No yeast esters, diacetyl, or alcohol (none needed). 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderate carbonation. Texture is creamy and smooth. Highly drinkable at 6.3% ABV. Ideal meal accompaniment or liquid dessert. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Pretty much to-spec in every aspect. Being delectable and highly drinkable is also quite nice. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 44/50

Monday, March 26, 2018

Arrogant Bastard Ale (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Fill date: 1/5/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 22B American Strong Ale

AROMA: High resiny/piney hop aroma; also with a slight citrus juice concentrate component. Malt base is also quite strong with a sweet caramel/toffee flavor. Slight bready character, but nothing toasty/roasted. No alcohol presence. 11/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful shade of burgundy/mahogany (13-27 SRM) with some chill haze. Large, tan, frothy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Intensely hoppy and malty, though balanced toward the hops. Bitterness is strong, but not arid. High hop flavor of pine and resin throughout. A subtle orange citrus note emerges on the back end. Malt base is fairly rich and dextrinous with a caramel/toffee sweetness from Maillard reactions. No roasted or toasty flavors per se, though it is a bit bready akin to a doppelbock. Alcohol is clean and imparts just a touch of vanilla. Aftertaste is bittersweet as both hops and malts linger. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; medium carbonation. Texture is noticeably soft and smooth, but not to the point of being syrupy. Definitely makes full use of its 7.2% ABV potency. Drinkability is quite high for those who have the acquired palate. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This beer separates the acolytes from the connoisseurs. Still a ballsy brew among today's market. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 47/50

NOTE:
See my 2009 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2009/05/stone-arrogant-bastard-ale-chadz-beer.html

See my 2010 horizontal tasting review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2010/05/stone-arrogant-oaked-double-bastard-ale.html

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Florida Avenue Blueberry Berliner Weisse

Fill date: 3/2/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 29A Fruit Beer (base style: 23A Berliner Weisse)

AROMA: Nose is nearly identical to blueberry Greek yogurt (due to the bacteria used). Smells much more tart than sour, though there is a clean acidity present. Slight sourdough character; no hops (none needed). 10/12

APPEARANCE: Deep indigo/purple/magenta hue (SRM n/a). Opaque, hazy body. Large indigo foam never completely dissipates and even laces the glass some. 3/3

FLAVOR: Fairly strong sourness and clean, lactic acidity throughout. Blueberry creates for a lightly sweet and tart yogurt-like taste, though it is not the dominate flavor. Finish is quite tart, which lingers briefly into the aftertaste, but is otherwise clean and dry. Faint bready/wheat malt presence. No Brett or hops (none needed). 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light body; high carbonation. Refreshing; crushable and sessionable at only 4% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: On-point for a Berliner Weisse as well as for a fruit beer. Not perfect, but pretty close. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50