Friday, April 7, 2017

Toppling Goliath Tsunami Pale Ale

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2017

 
DOB: 3/23/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 18B American Pale Ale

AROMA: Strong hop aroma of citrus, tropical fruit and a slight grassy/spicy note. Low pale malt, no sweetness or specialty character. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Honey amber/orange hue; fairly clear. Large white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderately-high hop flavor. Begins with citrus and tropical fruity flavors which become juicy-like at the apex. Backend reveals a spicy/herbal bite. Bitterness is moderately-high (this could pass for an IPA). Clean grainy malt base; no sweetness per se, but enough malt to provide balance. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with medium-high CO2. Smooth texture with a crisp finish. Hops leave a slightly starchy, somewhat astringent aftertaste. Otherwise highly quaffable. Plenty of character for only 5% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Walks a fine line between APA and IPA, but works well as either. Tasty and drinkable - isn’t that what we want? 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

Thursday, April 6, 2017

New Belgium Citradelic Tangerine IPA

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1783) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2017

 
BBD: 6/4/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA

AROMA: Lightly sweet tangerine peel scent. A clean, citrusy aroma with a touch of herbal character. Standard base malt presence. No alcohol. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Dark golden/pale copper hue; very clear. Moderate off-white frothy foam retains and laces extremely well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Medium hop flavor and bitterness. Hops provide for most of the citrus character, but tangerine peel emerges strongly on the finish for a brief candy-like taste and sweetness. Malt base is mostly nondescript; imparts balance and body. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation; smooth texture. Palette is well-balanced so as to be highly drinkable; slightly refreshing. Seems a little light for 6% ABV, but there is no alcohol presence whatsoever. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Works well as an IPA with bonus tangerine taste rather than a fruit-flavored IPA (as it should be). 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

New Belgium Cherry Almond Ale

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChadPolenz (1782) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2017

 
BBD: 6/18/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 29A Fruit Beer (base style: 19C American Brown Ale)

AROMA: Moderate sweetness with notes of chocolate, caramel and toasted almond. A bit of a coffee presence, too. No cherry aroma at all. No hop presence. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Deep mahogany/brown proper. Large off-white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderately sweet brown malt with a nutty/earthy flavor on the first half. Chocolate and caramel flavors emerge briefly on the backend but the palette is not that sweet. Mild hop bitterness imparts balance and slight earthy taste. Cherry can only be tasted momentarily in the aftertaste; reminiscent of soda or cough syrup. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth texture; comfortable mouthfeel overall. Seems lighter than 5.8% ABV. Clean aftertaste is nice. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A decent brown ale at the core, but fails to be the fruit beer it’s marketed as. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 32/50

Sunday, April 2, 2017

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1781) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2017


BBD: 6/4/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 21A American IPA

AROMA: Prominent Mosaic hop aroma of herbs and pineapple. Slight citrus presence, but overall it’s more spicy than juicy. A light sweet pale malt scent. No alcohol. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Golden/maize/pale orange color. Clear body. Large white frothy head retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: First half is a bit mild with a citrus pith taste along with grassy/herbal sensation. Pineapple juice-like flavor emerges at the apex briefly, followed by a strong spicy/bready taste akin to rye bread. Actual bitterness is tame; malt presence is enough for balance, but imparts little sweetness and distinct flavor. Leaves a piney/herbal aftertaste. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth texture. Slight starchy/astringent aftertaste but it’s tolerable. Seems smaller than 7% ABV. Would probably make a good dinner drink. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Interesting use of spicy/herbal hops. To-spec for the style, but not a mind-blower. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Perrin No Rules Vietnamese Porter


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20ChadPolenz (1780) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2017

 
DOB: ?

2015 BJCP Category: 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (base style: 20A American Porter)

AROMA: Intense vanilla and sugary sweetness. Strong bourbon and wood character from the barrel. Very sweet nose with sight cinnamon-like spicy presence. Plenty of dark malt. No distinct hops. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Inky opaque black. Small dark tan foam retains well for the ABV. 2/3

FLAVOR: Highly sweet vanilla is the dominate flavor with chocolate and coconut emerging briefly. There is gentle bitterness and a slight cinnamon-like spice (but no hop flavor per se). Bourbon and wood flavors are consistently in the background along with a strong boozy taste and warmth. Finishes with a cherry cough syrup or Dr. Pepper flavor that lingers momentarily. Hard to discern any specialty or roasted malt; just a general dark maltiness. Though tasty, it is cloying and unbalanced. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Full-bodied with low carbonation. Smooth texture with alcohol heat that is difficult to ignore. The 15% ABV is impossible to overlook and makes the beer a sipper. Sugary/medicine-like aftertaste is tolerable. 2/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though enjoyable, it’s unapologetically unbalanced and cloying. Nice for a few ounces only. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 32/50

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Perrin The Hypocrite

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1779) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2017

 
DOB: ?

2015 BJCP Category: 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (base style: 18A Blonde Ale)

AROMA: Very sweet nose reminiscent of pumpkin pie (sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg) and iced mocha (coffee, chocolate). Unsure if vanilla presence is from barrels or ingredients. No malt or hop distinctiveness. No alcohol. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Golden/copper hue; mostly clear. Large white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Sweet palette throughout with a cookie-like taste up front and a strong spicy sensation on the finish. Chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and nutmeg are all prominent flavors and pair surprisingly well together. Essentially a pumpkin/mocha hybrid. Base malt is fairly simple and nondescript; strong enough to lay a solid foundation but doesn’t overshadow the spices. Hops are difficult to distinguish from the additives, but the beer doesn’t feel unbalanced or cloying. I detect no Merlot barrel character, though. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Texture is smooth and mouthfeel is comfortable. For 10% ABV, the alcohol is quite tame and actually complementary. Surprisingly drinkable for such a big beer. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Delicious, creative, and very drinkable = impressive. Judging it to style is a virtually impossible, though. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Perrin/Cigar City/Oskar Blues Triangulation Imperial Oatmeal Stout


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20ChadPolenz (1778) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2017

 
DOC: 1/9/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 20C Imperial Stout

AROMA: Dark malt but not intense. Notes of black licorice, sugar, and coffee. A noticeable alcohol scent. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Very dark brown with hazy magenta highlights (otherwise opaque). Moderate tan foam retains and laces fairly well. 2/3

FLAVOR: Moderate strong dark maltiness throughout. A bit mild at first with a general unsweetened chocolate or coffee taste. A firm bitter bite at the apex finishing with a resiny/piney hop flavor. Back end is quite sweet with notes of caramel and toffee with some dark fruits and black licorice in the aftertaste. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. More crisp than velvety, though it is smooth. Seems a bit lighter than 9% ABV. Alcohol imparts a drying sensation and can be felt in the sinuses. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A good imperial stout that’s well-balanced and no challenge to drink. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 35/50

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Perrin Grapefruit IPA


2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20ChadPolenz (1777) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2017

 
DOC: 3/9/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 29A Fruit Beer (base style: 21A American IPA)

AROMA: Moderate grapefruit peel and slight citrusy hops. Generic base malt. A slight fusel character. 6/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy shade of pale orange. Moderate white foam mostly dissipates. 2/3

FLAVOR: For a fruity IPA is it surprisingly lacking in both fruit and hop flavors. Palette is a general malty/wheat flavor without sweetness. There is a background note of grapefruit peel throughout with a bitter/sour aftertaste. Hops do little to nothing to support the fruit component and offer no particular bitterness. Though fresh, this can seems stale. 8/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and carbonation. Smooth, but a bit watery. Not refreshing as advertised; aftertaste is a little annoying. Seems about right for 5% ABV, though. 2/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Works as neither an IPA nor a fruit beer. Insipid and boring. 3/10

TOTAL SCORE: 21/50

Friday, March 24, 2017

Perrin Caesar's Gimp

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1776) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2017


DOB: ?

2015 BJCP Category: 29C Specialty Fruit Beer (base style: 22A American Strong Ale)

AROMA: Grape juice and red wine barrels. No acidic or tannic character. Slight confectionery sweetness. Minor dank hop aroma. No boozeiness. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Magenta/violet hue akin to grape juice. Moderate white foamy head retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: The grape juice and wine barrel character dominate the palette. Flavor is fruity for the most part, but not especially sweet or cloying. Mild dank bitterness at the apex with slight pine flavor. Backend has a sweet taste of caramel/chocolate and toast from the wood. Very interesting brew, but unbalanced as the wine-like flavors usurp the base style completely. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Full-bodied, medium-low carbonation. Texture is smooth with only minor alcohol warmth as it finishes. Aftertaste is quite clean, too. This is all surprising consider the beer is 13.2% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely not the kind of beer that rates well to style, but an impressive brewing feat and quite fun to drink. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 38/50

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Perrin 98 Problems IPA

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1775) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2017

 
DOC: 12/22/2016

2015 BJCP Category: 21A American IPA

AROMA: Prominent American hops with citrus and floral/green tea scents. Nose hints at a caramel sweetness. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Deep golden/pale copper hue; slightly hazy. Moderate off-white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Medium-high hop flavor and bitterness. Flavors are more rustic than aroma indicates. Notes of green tea, pine and a general earthy character. Malt background is simple with moderate caramel flavor. Mild spicy sensation on the finish and in the aftertaste. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and carbonation with a smooth texture. Comfortable mouthfeel with no alcohol sensation. Seems a tad light for 6.5% ABV, but otherwise an easy beer to drink. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though well-balanced and to-spec for the style, the palette is not as exciting as it could be. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50

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