Thursday, June 22, 2017

21st Amendment El Sully

ChadPolenz (1800) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2017


2015 BJCP Category: 2A International Pale Lager

AROMA: Lightly sweet pale malt with plenty of flaked maize present. Aroma akin to white tortilla chips. Very low spicy hops. Clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Straw/pale yellow hue; high clarity; consistent carbonation. Large white foam mostly dissipates. 3/3

FLAVOR: Mild palette of blonde malt without any distinctive features. Sweetness is quite light with a bit of a corn flavor as it finishes. Does NOT taste like cereal, creamed corn or mineral water. Faint trace of spicy hops and accompanying bitterness. Clean fermentation profile. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light body with medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing with clean aftertaste. Easily sessionable at 4.8% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This beer is similar to most macro adjunct lagers, yet tastes so much better. Being to-spec will do that. 8/10


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hourglass Morlock Milk Stout

ChadPolenz (1799) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2017


2015 BJCP Category: 16A Sweet Stout

AROMA: Moderate roasted malt aroma, but nothing burnt. Has a sweet cream presence plus a bit of milk chocolate. Minor floral hop presence. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Deep brown to black proper. Body is a bit murky. Large dark tan froth mostly dissipates. 2/3

FLAVOR: First half is sweet with a bit of cola-like taste. Milk chocolate also seems to be present (from the lactose sugar). There’s a mild floral hop flavor throughout. Second half emerges with a roasted malt/black coffee taste. Well-balanced palette between the sweetness and slightly astringent bitterness on finish. Clean fermentation. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Texture is quite smooth and comfortable (would be ideal on nitro). Aftertaste is sweet at first, but then a little astringent. Impressive considering potency is only 5.6% ABV. Good dessert beer. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Delectable and highly drinkable dessert brew. Great example of a well-balanced sweet stout. 9/10


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sapporo Reserve Beer

ChadPolenz (1798) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2017

DOC: 3/2/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 2A International Pale Lager

AROMA: Light sweet grainy malt without cereal notes. Minor presence floral/spicy hops. Clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Clear golden color; large bright white froth mostly dissipates, but does leave a bit of lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: A moderate, firm amount of sweet grainy malt. Almost has a bit of a caramel flavor in the background. Palette becomes a bit more rustic and cracker-like on the departure. There is a low presence of spicy/earthy hops as it’s finishing with a slightly dry bitter aftertaste. Clean fermentation. Well-balanced and quite enjoyable. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. More smooth and calm than effervescent. Has the refreshing quality of a pale lager with a clean aftertaste. Plenty of character for 5% ABV and possibly sessionable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not the greatest beer in the world, but for the style it’s one of the best. This proves macro lagers can be enjoyable when brewed and served properly. 9/10


Monday, June 19, 2017

North Peak Siren Amber Ale

ChadPolenz (1797) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2017


2015 BJCP Category: 19A American Amber Ale

AROMA: Sweet confectionery-like malt presence (caramel, toffee). Slight lemon sherry presence (oxidation). Minor earthy hop character. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Deep mahogany brown/almost magenta. Hazy, no visible CO2. Small off-white head mostly dissipates. 1/3

FLAVOR: Moderate caramel malt flavor throughout (especially up front). Sweet, but far from cloying. Moderate earthy hop presence and bitterness; enough to offer balance. Some lemon sherry/cardboard presence lurks in the background. Though it’s more to spec than not, the palette is too mild and oxidized to be appreciated. 11/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Quite smooth and comfortable. No residual sweetness. Plenty of flavor and drinkability for 5% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: There’s probably a good recipe to this beer, but the finished product doesn’t do it justice. What should be a classic example is just meh. 5/10


Sunday, June 18, 2017

New Belgium Dayblazer

ChadPolenz (1796) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2017

BBD: 9/17/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 18A Blonde Ale

AROMA: Light grainy malt sweetness with a moderate lemon citrus hop presence. Seems to have a tart character as well (out of place for the style) 8/12

APPEARANCE: Golden hue; mostly clear. Moderate white foam with decent retention and lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Mild palette overall with only moderate malt sweetness and character in the form of blonde, grainy malt. Hops over faint bitterness and no citrus flavor. There is a slight tartness or metallic sensation on the finish which seems indicative of infection or poor canning techniques. Not to the point of being undrinkable; just enough to notice and annoy. 10/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Crisp, clean finish. Slightly refreshing. Seems a bit high at 4.8% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Disappointing considering the brewery. This could’ve been unique, instead it’s just bland and boring. 4/10


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Samuel Adams Tropic of Yuzu

ChadPolenz (1795) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2017

BBD: 9/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 29B Fruit and Spice Beer (base style: 1D American Wheat Beer)

AROMA: Moderate wheat bread presence coupled with a citrusy/tropical fruit aroma (juice is dominate, but not by an extreme amount). Faint backdrop of spice. No discernible esters or hops (though either may blend with the fruit character from the added Yuzu juice). 9/12

APPEARANCE: Mostly clear shade of deep gold/pale orange; effervescent. Large white foam mostly dissipates; no lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: A wheaty presence upfront with an underlying lime-like tartness. Grains of Paradise are also evident in the form of a continuous warm prickly spice sensation and flavor akin to cinnamon. Yuzu juice become quite prominent on the finish with a lovely tropical/citrusy taste (similar to lime and mango). Spices linger in the throat and on the tongue for a warming sensation. No particular hop flavor or bitterness; nor yeast esters. Interesting and impressive use of ingredients that work surprisingly well together. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied and carbonation. Quite refreshing at first, but spices become stronger and create for a tingly warming sensation. Seems a bit strong at 6% ABV; same flavors would work at a more sessionable range. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is what a fruit and spice beer should be. It’s a creative, tasty recipe that’s executed very well. 9/10


Friday, June 16, 2017

Sapporo Premium Beer (2017 re-review)

ChadPolenz (1794) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2017

DOC: 3/16/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 2A International Pale Lager

AROMA: Medium-low clean sweet malty presence with a corn or cereal-like character. No discernible hop character. Clean fermentation profile. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Yellow golden hue; brilliant clarity. Large bright white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Medium-low pale malt flavor throughout. Some sweetness initially with a touch of caramel. Second half becomes a bit drier and rustic with a cracker-like flavor of starch. Finishes with a brief corn or rice cereal sweetness before fading away cleanly. Hops are subtle, but may account for a mild spicy sensation towards the end. Clean fermentation profile overall. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high CO2. Smooth texture with a clean, crisp finish. Somewhat refreshing. Quite efficient and sessionable for 4.9% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: For a macro lager, this is actually quite good and easily drinkable. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find fresh so it’s usually oxidated. 8/10


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Samuel Adams Summer Ale (2017 re-review)

ChadPolenz (1793) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2017

BBD: 9/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (base style: 1D American Wheat Beer)

AROMA: Bready/wheaty base malt is moderately strong along with a citrusy lemon garnish. Slight spicy scent as well. No hops or esters (none needed) 9/12

APPEARANCE: Dark golden hue over a hazy, bubbly body. Moderate white foam mostly dissipates. Decent retention and lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: A bready/dough taste accounts for a strong portion of the palette; though a strong spicy flavor is almost as prominent. Interesting balance of lightly sweet wheat taste and mild tingling spice. Lemon flavor emerges as it finishes which complements the previous characteristics quite well. Some lingering malt and spice flavors, but otherwise clean. No hop presence to speak of; no esters either. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation; more smooth than crisp. Somewhat refreshing; though it’s a bit heavy at 5.3% ABV to work as a true session beer. A little less alcohol and body would be totally crushable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I used to dislike this, but now I appreciate it as a classic American Wheat Beer + spice. It’s what a summer beer should be. 8/10

NOTE: Read and watch my 2010 original review here:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Samuel Adams Session IPA

ChadPolenz (1793) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2017

BBD: 9/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA

AROMA: Strong fresh hop aroma; especially floral and a bit of green tea. Faint lemon zest. Pale malt base is present, but no sweetness or specialty. Unbalanced but pleasant. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Golden hue; effervescent; medium-large white frothy head retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Plenty of hop flavor from start to finish. A clean, bright taste of lemon pith, green tea, and a some pine on the finish. Bitterness is firm, but not overbearing; well balanced with the actual hop flavor. Malt base is lightly sweet, almost cereal-like, to offer a smidgen of balance and backbone. Piney bitterness lingers momentarily before finishing dry. This is exactly what a session IPA palette should be. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth with a crisp finish. Very efficient at only 4.5% ABV. Not refreshing exactly, but highly drinkable and would pair well with food. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Impressive, to-spec beer; especially considering it’s an East Coast style (a rarity these days). Well balanced and easy to drink. Packaged in cans helps, too. 9/10


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Destihl Wild Sour Series: Blueberry Gose

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20ChadPolenz (1792) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2017

DOC: 5/1/2017

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

AROMA: Fairly strong clean lactic sourness; along with salt, coriander and faint tart blueberry. Fruit character definitely is a garnish; not a front-and-center smell. Significant sourdough bread base from the wheat and malt. No hops (none needed). 9/12

APPEARANCE: Pale magenta/indigo hue; very hazy. Large white foam soapy foam quickly dissipates. No lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Sourness is evident immediately and is quite strong (nothing subtle about it). Coriander and salt create for a moderate background spice flavor which is complemented by the clean lactic acidity. Blueberry taste is surprisingly weak; barely even noticeable at except right as it finishes. Base malt creates for a subtle, but firm, sourdough presence. Aftertaste is tart at first, but eventually becomes clean. The base style is there, but the fruit addition is barely noticeable. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and carbonation. Too relaxed for the style; should be much more spastic and crisp. Feels much lighter than 5.2% ABV, though it is refreshing and would be sessionable in the summer. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: As a Gose, this is on-point, but as a fruit beer it comes up short. Fun to drink even though not really to style. 6/10


Monday, June 12, 2017

Samuel Adams Berliner Weisse

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20ChadPolenz (1791) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2017

BBD: 9/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 23A Berliner Weisse

AROMA: A moderately-high sharply sour character is dominant. Wheat base is evident and has a somewhat sourdough character. Faint trace of lemon zest. No hops (none needed). 9/12

APPEARANCE: Quite dark maize/hazy golden hue. Extremely cloudy body, but carbonation is visible. Medium white foam retains and laces well. 2/3

FLAVOR: Begins and ends with an assertive [sourdough] bready flavor. There is a mild yogurt-like lactic sourness that lingers in the background throughout but is never especially strong. A minor lemon citrus presence also seems present. Oddly enough, there is a somewhat sweet caramel taste on the finish and into the aftertaste. Sourness and acidity are tame for the style. Sweetness seems out of place. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light-ish body; medium carbonation. Seems too smooth and creamy for the style; should be crisp and effervescent. ABV seems high at 4.8%; though it is refreshing and sessionable. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A fine introductory Berliner Weisse, but too tame and pedestrian for the style. Sourness should be much higher. 6/10


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bell's Pooltime Ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1790) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2017

DOC: 5/1/2017

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

AROMA: Almost equal parts wheat bread and tart cherry juice (cherry bread?). Some clean spicy/floral Belgian-like yeast esters. No hop distinctiveness (none needed). 9/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy shade of pale copper with a pink tinge. Moderate white foam mostly fades. 2/3

FLAVOR: Fairly mild wheaty/bready base palette. Not especially sweet, nor rustic grain. Background tart note is evident throughout. Cherry flavor becomes quite strong, sweet and juicy as it finishes. No particular hop character (but none really needed). Though not a robust palette overall, the flavors complement each other nicely for balance. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Smooth texture with a crisp, clean finish. No tart or fruity aftertaste. Refreshing. Feels a tad lighter than 5% ABV, but still quite sessionable as is. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely meets style guidelines for a fruit beer. Nice taste and drinkability. Having a bit more of a niche would be better, though. 8/10


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Samuel Adams Hefeweizen (2017 re-review)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20ChadPolenz (1789) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2017

BBD: 9/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 10A Weissbier

AROMA: Moderately strong clove phenols. Assertive wheaty/bready aromatics combine with prominent banana yeast esters to create for a lightly sweet banana bread scent. Faint hop presence adds a little bonus smell. Lovely overall. 12/12

APPEARANCE: Very hazy golden/yellow hue. Bubbly body. Large white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Well-balanced palette offering a little of many characters. Clove phenols along with hops impart mild spice. Wheat and malt create for a bready character which is lightly sweet and finishes with a delicious banana bread taste due to the yeast esters. Subtle lemonpeel character in the background. A bit of a vanilla flavor on the very finish lingers momentarily into the aftertaste before fading away cleanly. Everything a hefeweizen should be. 20/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; high carbonation. Smooth, creamy texture that finishes with crispness. Deceptively light at 5.4% ABV. Extremely drinkable and highly sessionable. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: THIS IS A PERFECT BEER! Absolutely to-spec in every way! I can’t find a flaw or anything I’d change about it (except the fact it’s bottled rather than canned). 10/10


NOTE: Read my 2008 original review here:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Off Color Troublesome

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20ChadPolenz (1789) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2017

BBD: 7/31/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 27 Historical Beer: Gose

AROMA: Moderate fruity aroma of lemon. Light salt, coriander and lacto presence complement the fruity scent. Acidity is low. A general, clean, sea breeze character. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Pale gold hue; full haze. Large white foam mostly dissipates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Lemon pith fruity flavor throughout. Moderate sourdough bread malt & wheat base. Salt presence is quite subtle and becomes a bit strong on the finish as does a light sour bite. There is no lingering acidity or cider character. Little bitterness; no hop distinctiveness (none needed). Overall wild character is tame for the style, but palette exemplifies the style well. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium carbonation. Feels a little calm for the style. Refreshing and crisp with clean aftertaste. Highly sessionable at only 4.3% ABV; would be better served in cans than in bottles. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Probably an accurate recreation of the original Leipzig style; just a tad mild for American palates that want more sourness and tartness. Drinkability is fantastic, though. 7/10


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Founders PC Pils

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20ChadPolenz (1788) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2017

DOC: 3/15/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 34C Experimental Style (base styles: 5D German Pils; 18B American Pale Ale)

AROMA: Strong citrusy hops (especially lemon) with a touch of rye-like spiciness. Base malt is nondescript with no sweet notes. Clean fermentation profile. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Banana yellow hue, slight haze but otherwise clear and effervescent. Small white foam mostly dissipates. No lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Quite hoppy throughout in terms of both flavor and bitterness. Strong lemon pith flavor at first followed by green tea at the apex and light pine flavor on the finish. Faint spicy sensation in the aftertaste. Malt base imparts no particular sweetness or distinctive flavors but offers balance. Adjuncts offer little to no flavor. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light body; medium-high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing; very quaffable. Seems much lighter and more sessionable than 5.5% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is essentially an APA done as a lager and it works well. I’d prefer a little more malt presence, but palette is enjoyable as is. 8/10


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Orval Trappist Ale (2017 re-review)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1787) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2017

DOB: 9/11/2016

2015 BJCP Category: 28B Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer (base style: 26A Trappist Single)

AROMA: Light clean fruity scent, especially green/white fruits and slight citrus notes. Brett character is evident; imparts minor farmhouse funk as a background note. Spicy/floral hops. Low grainy-sweet malt base. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Rusty orange/brown. Extremely cloudy body. Billowy off-white foam with Belgian lace. 2/3

FLAVOR: Lightly malty up front. Notes of honey and perhaps caramel or biscuit, but not especially sweet. Palette is quite dry overall from the Brett secondary which gives is a tartness. Some green/white fruit flavors with some peppery/floral hop flavor and accompanying bitterness. Esters are present, but tame. A lot of flavors happening here, but they’re rather tame overall (could be due to the age of the bottle) 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with high carbonation. Constantly crisp with some tartness that lingers momentarily, otherwise a clean finish. Feels much lighter and more sessionable than 6.9% ABV. No alcohol warmth. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An interesting and tasty brew and one that is difficult to peg to a style. Fun to drink. I’d love to try it fresh sometime. 7/10


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Orange Blossom Honey Pilsner (2017 re-review)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChadPolenz (1787) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2017

DOC: 5/4/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 31B Alternative Sugar Beer (base style: 2B International Amber Lager)

AROMA: Sweet nose with a honey-like presence along with clean grainy malt. Slight floral component (unlikely from hops). 8/12

APPEARANCE: Slightly hazy shade of orange proper. Large white soapy suds dissipates quickly and completely. 2/3

FLAVOR: Contrary to the marketing, the palette is indeed sweet with a honey taste. Base malt is a bit generic; mostly amber/pale with faint caramel flavor. No specialty malt character; nor hop presence. Some brief residual sweetness in the aftertaste, otherwise clean. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Slightly crisp, but feels flat and undercarbonated for the style. Not refreshing, but easy to drink. Overweight at 5.5%. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Most definitely not a pilsner, just a honey-flavored lager (which makes it interesting, but not good per se). 5/10


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

JDub's Blueberry IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20ChadPolenz (1787) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2017

DOC: 5/10/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA

AROMA: A moderately strong blueberry aroma is immediately evident. Citrusy/earthy hops are also noticeable and oddly complement the fruity scent. Has a light pale malt presence implying sweetness. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Dark gold/pale orange hue Mostly clear body. Very large white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Fairly strong bitterness immediately with slight pink grapefruit flavor. Blueberry character exists mostly as a background note. It’s not juicy or sweet or candy-like. It becomes most prominent just before the finish and works a supporting rather than a lead actor. Not much malt distinctiveness other than a general light sweetness for balance. There’s an earthy note to the hops which create for an astringent character which is a tad distracting. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with medium CO2. Crisp. Hops linger but are tolerable. Seems a little lighter than 6.6% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not bad at all, and mostly to spec for the style. Not amazing, merely interesting. 7/10


Monday, May 22, 2017

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale (2017 re-review)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20ChadPolenz (1788) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2017

DOC: 5/10/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 18B American Pale Ale

AROMA: Strong IPA-level piney/floral hop aroma. Some fruit or berry notes. Firm malt presence creates for confectionery-like sweetness. Clean fermentation. No alcohol. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Deep amber/copper hue (too dark for style, though); mostly clear. Large white froth retains and laces extremely well. 2/3

FLAVOR: Hops dominate the presentation with piney/resiny flavor at beginning and end. Fruity/floral flavors are present at the apex. Malt base is noticeably sweet with a strong caramel/toffee taste throughout. Palette is big and robust in nearly every way - a little too flamboyant for the style, IMHO. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to medium-full body; moderate carbonation. Not quite crisp, not quite sticky; though the hops do linger and leave a dry piney aftertaste. Very efficient for 6.5% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though a delectable brew, this is entirely too big to be considered an APA. If marketed as a AIPA it’d be nearly World Class. 6/10


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Oskar Blues Fugli

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChadPolenz (1788) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2017

DOC: 5/9/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA

AROMA: Strong citrusy/hoppy aroma. Spicy/herbal Mosaic hop character is equally present. There doesn’t seem to be any fruit-specific notes, unless they smell just like hops. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Clear dark amber/orange color. Moderate white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Hops dominate the palette from beginning to end with strong perceived bitterness (seems higher than 60 IBUs). Citrusy flavors for the most part (grapefruit, especially). Mosaic hops impart slight pineapple along with herbal/spice rack flavors. The fruit is difficult to distinguish from the hops, though there is a bit of a tea-like taste in the background. No juicy taste at all. To-spec as a 21A, but not as a 21B. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium mouthfeel with matching CO2. Smooth but crisp. Hops linger, but astringency is tolerable. Seems about right for 5.8% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: If this were marketed as an AIPA it’d be excellent; but it comes up short as a fruity IPA. 6/10