Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Einbecker Brauherren Premium Pils

ChadPolenz (1820) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2017


2015 BJCP Category: 5D German Pils

AROMA: Strong skunky smell. Mostly from lightstrike, possibly from Noble hops. Lightly sweet grainy malt base is present as well. Clean fermentation profile. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Brilliantly clear white gold (2-5 SRM). Large white foamy head. Retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Medium spicy/peppery Noble hops and minor bitterness. Surprisingly sweet malt taste on the backend with slight graham cracker flavor. Lightstrike was immediately evident on the first swig only. Palette pretty well balanced (though lack of hop dominance could be due to age of bottle). Aftertaste is a little sweet. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. Quite crisp, but slightly slick texture. Very sessionable at 4.9% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely on-point for a German Pils. Not bad considering old bottle. Probably amazing fresh. 7/10


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale

ChadPolenz (1819) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2017

DOC: 6/2/17

2015 BJCP Category: 34B Mixed-Style Beer (base styles: 5B Kolsch, 23A Berliner Weisse; 27 Historical - Gose)

AROMA: Moderately-strong sea breeze character with underlying sweet lime presence. Faint sourdough bread scent. Acidic component prominent, but complements everything. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Pale orange hue (5-7 SRM); very hazy body. Large off-white foam completely evaporates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Lightly sweet authentic lime peel/juice flavor immediately. Underlying sourness throughout becomes very acidic on the finish with some tartness. Subtle coriander and salt spice flavors. Moderate bready/doughy malt flavor. No hops (none needed). 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light body; medium-high carbonation. Very crisp; momentarily refreshing. Tart acidic aftertaste lingers briefly before finishing clean. Feels a tad lighter than 4.9% ABV, but still easily sessionable as is. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Essentially a gose with lime. Nice taste and easy to drink, but not amazing. 7/10


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Clown Shoes Clementine White Ale

ChadPolenz (1818) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2017

DOC: 5/12/17

2015 BJCP Category: 24A Witbier

AROMA: Slightly faux orange character. Noticeably sweet, also soda-like. Minor spice presence. Faint wheat presence. No hops. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Orange hue; hazy body (7-9 SRM). Small off-white foam completely evaporates. 1/3

FLAVOR: Fairly strong, but seemingly faux orange flavor. Sweet but not cloying. Spice notes are far too tame except on the finish. Slight tartness and bready character in the background. Surprisingly strong, but brief bitterness. 11/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and carbonation. Feels undercarbonated; almost watery. Palette is way too weak for 6% ABV. Refreshing with a mostly clean aftertaste. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not authentic enough for the style; too faux. Easy to drink, but boring. 4/10


Friday, July 21, 2017

Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout

ChadPolenz (1817) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2017

DOB: 3/28/17

2015 BJCP Category: 16B Oatmeal Stout

AROMA: Moderately strong fruity aroma (e.g. raisins, red fruits). Moderately coffee & vanilla presence. Faint diacetyl; possible oxidation - but these characteristics are not distracting. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Seemingly opaque black with clear garnet highlights. Large tan frothy foam mostly dissipates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Mild palette initially. Subdued notes of fruit. Becomes quite bitter at the apex with coffee and roasted malt flavor. Finishes rather sweet with genuine oatmeal taste. Leaves a tobacco/roasted coffee aftertaste. Minor presence of oxidation. No distinctive hop flavor or bitterness. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and carbonation. Very smooth and comfortable, but feels slightly watery. Seems much more sessionable strength than 5.8% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A valiant effort for the style, but comes up a bit short. It is at least satisfactory. 6/10


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mikkeller Windy Hill

ChadPolenz (1816) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2017

DOC: 6/13/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA

AROMA: Freshly-squeeze orange juice; strong tropical and citrusy hops. No specialty malt character. No alcohol. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Extremely hazy pale orange hue (4-7 SRM). Large soapy foam mostly dissipates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Tropical/citrusy fruits up front. Juicy-like taste with a slightly tart character. Hops transition to spicy/grassy flavors on the backend. Bitterness is strong throughout (~70IBUs?). Constant background note of gritty/yeast character. Low malt presence with not specialty character at all. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth, almost velvety texture. Hops do linger for a slightly astringent aftertaste. Quite drinkable for 7% ABV, no alcohol warmth. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Good attempt at NEIPA, but not wholly authentic. Interesting, tasty beer to be sure. 7/10


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Australian Pale Ale

ChadPolenz (1815) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2017

DOC: 1/18/17

2015 BJCP Category:18B American Pale Ale

AROMA: Lemon citrus aroma; slightly tart like lemonade. Minor background note of tropical fruit. Low base malt presence. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Huge white soapy head; cloudy pale yellow hue. SRM 5-7. 3/3

FLAVOR: Mild lemon citrus taste throughout. Slightly acidic and tart, especially in the aftertaste. Some background notes of tropical fruit, but not especially sweet or juicy. Bitterness is moderate. No specialty malt character, but beer doesn’t feel unbalanced. 11/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; high carbonation. Refreshing, but with brief acidic aftertaste. Not particularly sessionable despite being only 4.8% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: In the ballpark of an APA, but old can doesn’t do it justice. 5/10


Monday, July 17, 2017

Australian New World Pilsner

ChadPolenz (1814) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2017

DOC: 1/16/17

2015 BJCP Category: 2A International Pale Lager

AROMA: Moderately strong peppery and citrusy hops. Subtle sherry character from oxidation. Medium-low sweet grain. No adjuncts. Clean fermentation. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Maize yellow hue; hazy body with spastic carbonation visible. Moderate white foam retains and laces. 3/3

FLAVOR: Immediate lemon flavor followed by peppery sensation. Moderate hop bite at the apex followed by strong pepper taste as it finishes with lemon/grapefruit hops in the background. Malt base is quite sweet, but not cereal-like. Almost syrupy in flavor, not cloying though. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; high carbonation. Crisp, slightly refreshing; lingering bittersweet aftertaste. Definite candidate for a session beer. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Way more flavorful than your average pale lager; a little too modern to be a true Euro pils. 8/10


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Australian Saison D’Hérétique

ChadPolenz (1813) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2017

DOC: 12/13/16

2015 BJCP Category: 25B Saison

AROMA: Bright clean citrusy aroma, especially lemon. Subtle peppercorn in the background, but not a spicy nose per se. Perfume/floral yeast esters. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Pale yellow hue; extremely cloudy. Huge white soapy foam. Retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Mild sweetness upfront likely due to oxidation, but is quickly obscured by a peppery, hoppy, estery palette. Lemon and orange citrus peel and pink/white peppercorn flavors are quite assertive. Dry underlying bitterness throughout. Soft malt base with moderate wheaty presence. Dry, peppery aftertaste with minor alcohol warmth. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with high carbonation. Very crisp, tart, effervescent. Minor alcohol warmth and brief spicy aftertaste. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Impressive and to-spec for the style. Not quite a classic but close. 9/10


Friday, July 14, 2017

Dogfish Head Burton Baton (2017 re-review)

ChadPolenz (1812) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2017


2015 BJCP Category: 33A Wood-Aged Beer (base style: 22A Double IPA)

AROMA: Sweet nose with confectionery notes of toffee, caramel. Slight sherry oxidation character is fine. Citrusy/piney hops are present, but do not dominate. Moderate alcohol character. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Murky copper hue; very hazy body. Mammoth off-white frothy head retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderately-sweet palette overall with English-style confectionery notes of toffee. Wood imparts slight vanilla and nutty flavors. Bitterness is strong, dank. Hop flavor akin to resin or citrus concentrate. Minor oxidation creates for sherry-like taste. Alcohol is quite prominent as it finishes with warming sensation. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Full-bodied with medium-low carbonation. Smooth, soft texture with noticeable alcohol warmth (not surprising consider it’s 10% ABV). 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Interesting, impressive hybridization of styles. May be a little too big, though. 7/10


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Coppertail Independent Pilsner

ChadPolenz (1812) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2017

BBD: 11/13/17

2015 BJCP Category: 5D German Pils

AROMA: Moderately-low earthy/spicy/floral hops. Lightly sweet graham cracker malt presence. Classic lager aroma. Clean fermentation. 9/12

APPEARANCE: White gold hue; brilliant clarity with effervescence visible. Large white frothy foam. Retain and lace well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderately strong hop flavor up front. Spicy/earthy Noble hop taste with a dry, firm bitterness. Low grainy-sweet malt base. Slight metallic flavor on the finish (acceptable). Balance towards bitterness. Hops linger in aftertaste, but are quite tolerable and enjoyable. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Crisp and quaffable. May be a little too bitter to session. Seems about right for 5.1% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Rare American pilsner that conforms really well to the German style. 9/10


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Highland Gaelic Ale

ChadPolenz (1811) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2017

DOB: 3/24/17

2015 BJCP Category: 19A American Amber Ale

AROMA: Moderately strong hop character (citrus, floral). Some malt sweetness. Noticeable oxidation character. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful deep clear copper color. Large off-white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderate malty sweetness with caramel and toffee (to a lesser extent). Firm hop presentation with earthy/citrusy flavors and moderate dry bitterness. Caramel taste emerges briefly on the finish before fading away cleanly. Slight lemon sherry flavor due to oxidation. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Quite smooth and easily drinkable. Feels rather light for 5.6% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Has what you want in an amber ale - just not enough of it. 6/10


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Two Brothers Prarie Path Golden Ale

ChadPolenz (1810) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2017

BBD: 7/15/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 18A Blonde Ale

AROMA: Slight sherry/cider-like aroma present. Some fruity esters. Hops still impart spicy/earthy characteristics. Minor caramel malt sweetness. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Dark yellow maize; slightly cloudy body. Moderate white foam retains and laces well. 2/3

FLAVOR: Mildly sweet palette with caramel background notes. Slight lemon sherry taste from oxidation on the finish. Low spicy hop taste and low bitterness. Faint underlying twangy/earthy note. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and carbonation. Smooth, but not refreshing. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Seems too light for 5.1% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not bad considering age of bottle and gluten removal processing. Fresh serving is probably spot-on. 6/10


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sierra Nevada Ovila White Ale

ChadPolenz (1809) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2017

DOB: 4/27/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 24A Witbier

AROMA: Moderate orange zest aroma with coriander as a background note. Moderate pale malt base with wheat. Moderately strong esters. Very fruity, inviting nose. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Light gold hue; hazy body. Moderate white foam. 3/3

FLAVOR: Malty-sweet grain flavor with slight wheat bread in the background. Fairly strong orange flavor throughout, especially on the finish. Coriander comes out quite strongly as it finishes. Minor tart character. Subtle peppery/bitterness on the second half. Delectable, well-balanced palette; all flavors harmonize. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing, clean aftertaste. Seems a tad light for 5.3% ABV; this could be easily be sessioned. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Absolutely to-spec in every way; delicious and refreshing. Wish it came in cans. 9/10


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

DuClaw Morgazm

ChadPolenz (1808) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2017

DOB: 3/27/2017

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

AROMA: Moderate grapefruit and general citrus aroma due to dry hopping and fruit zest added. Generic base malt scent, not particularly sweet. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Dark gold/amber hue; mostly clear. Moderate off-white foam. 3/3

FLAVOR: First half is light malt character with a background citrusy note. Not especially fruity-tasting until the finish when a prominent, but brief grapefruit taste emerges. Lightly bitter; dry sensation; transitions into grapefruit note quite well. Palette is rather mild overall, but enjoyable. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium carbonation. Crisp, slightly refreshing, mostly clean aftertaste. Seems a little light for 5% ABV. Probably sessionable to some. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: More interesting than the average blonde; but not necessarily better. 7/10


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Stone Enjoy By 07.04.17

ChadPolenz (1807) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2017

DOC: 5/29/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 22A Double IPA

AROMA: Prominent hop aroma of American/New World varietals. Citrus, stone fruit, white grape all seem to be aromatics. Clean, bright nose overall. Malt base is nondescript. No alcohol presence. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Flame orange hue; very hazy. Moderate off-white foam. 3/3

FLAVOR: Orange citrus throughout with a sherbet or sweet orange peel taste on the first half. Strong bitterness throughout, but becomes a dry bitterness at the peak, followed by more fruity flavors (tropical, white grape) on the finish. Alcohol taste and warmth is a significant part of the palette, but not hot. Slight astringency between the hops and alcohol. Malt base creates for enough sweetness for balance, but has no significant character. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; medium carbonation. Smooth texture; no challenge to drink at 9.4% ABV. Slight alcohol warmth is tolerable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Yet another very good DIPA from Stone, but it’s been done. 8/10


Monday, July 3, 2017

Fuller's London Pride (2017 re-review)

ChadPolenz (1807) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2017

BBD: 10/21/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 11B Best Bitter

AROMA: Very sweet nose with prominent caramel and toffee character. Slight buttery aroma, which is acceptable and complements the confectionery sweetness. Little to hop presence. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Fairly dark copper/amber hue. Mostly clear. Moderate off-white foam. 3/3

FLAVOR: Strong caramel and toffee flavors along with a red apple aftertaste (almost juicy). Firm dry bitterness on back end, slight toasted bread/biscuit flavor. Faint touch of chocolate. Slight diacetyl presence, but it’s not distracting (acceptable). 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and carbonation. Very smooth and refreshing. At 4.7% ABV it’s quite tempting to session this. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Mostly well-balanced palette of sweet confectionery flavors and earthy/spicy hops. Highly drinkable. 8/10


Sunday, July 2, 2017

New Belgium Clutch

ChadPolenz (1807) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2017

BBD: 5/6/2018

2015 BJCP Category: 28C Wild Specialty Beer (base style: 20C Imperial Stout)

AROMA: Strong sour grape scent along with chocolate, dark malt, slight citrus. Sweet nose overall. No alcohol presence. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Dark black, nearly opaque. Large tan froth, retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Strong malt base with notes of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Moderately sweet palette enhanced by the sourness on finish which imparts slight fruity flavor (almost candy-like). Bitterness is low, though sour character makes up for it. Fruit punch-like flavors on the finish. Though mostly to spec, taste is surprisingly mild overall. Sourness is a little too tame. Imperial stout base is not all that imperial. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-low carbonation. Feels a little flat and watery for an 8.5% ABV brew. No alcohol warmth. Sourness is not puckering. No astringency. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: If ever there were a pedestrian wood-aged imperial sour stout - this is it. Not bad, just far from great. 6/10


Friday, June 30, 2017

SweetWater Pulled Porter

ChadPolenz (1806) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2017

DOC: 5/4/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 32A Classic Style Smoked Beer (base style: 20A American Porter)

AROMA: Minor smoke aroma; slightly sharp. Fairly strong presence of dark malts and chocolate. Hops are noticeable as well with a citrusy/floral character. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Dark black with brown edges. Large dark tan foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: More sweet than smoky/roasty, but not especially sweet overall. Dark malts drive the palette with general bittersweet chocolate taste throughout. Hops are actually quite prominent and exhibit a citrusy/floral taste. Bitterness is moderate. Smoke only appears briefly on the finish and is rather mild; there is no sensation of bacon or wood. Aftertaste is a little astringent. 10/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Texture is smooth. Hops, roasted malt and smoke leave a mild astringent aftertaste. Seems much lighter than 7.7% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Decent porter at the core, but does not work as a smoke beer. 5/10


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Brew Hub Rome City IPA

ChadPolenz (1805) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2017

DOC: 6/8/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 21A American IPA

AROMA: Strong American hop aromatics of citrus, flowers and tropical fruit. There is a slight sweetness present from the base malt (though hops account for this as well). No alcohol presence. Very enticing. 11/12

APPEARANCE: Very hazy deep amber/pale orange hue. Moderate white froth retains and laces pretty well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Hops dominate the palette from beginning to end. Up front it’s juicy taste of citrus and tropical fruits. Back end is a bit more rustic with grassy/piney notes. Bitterness is assertive, but never astringent or distracting. Minor caramel taste from the malt, but beer is not sweet per se. Hops linger in the aftertaste, but are quite tolerable. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and comfortable in the mouth and slightly refreshing. Plenty of flavor for only 5.8% ABV. Would work well as a good contrasting pairing with sweet desserts or sharp cheese. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is exactly what an AIPA should be; great hop presentation over a balanced palette. Bonus points for easy drinkability and cans. 10/10


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Samuel Adams Porch Rocker (2017 re-review)

ChadPolenz (1804) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2017

BBD: 10/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 29A Fruit Beer (base style: 4A Munich Helles)

AROMA: Very faux overly sweet lemon scent akin to lemon-flavored soda. No authentic "beer" aroma to speak of. 4/12

APPEARANCE: Clear golden hue; quite bubbly; large white soapy foam mostly evaporates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Lemon flavor dominates palette throughout. Not quite as sweet as the aroma indicates, but certainly a sweet taste. The nuances of the base brew are obscured by the fruit flavoring, though I do detect some clean pale maltiness. There is the faintest touch of spicy hops at the apex, but no bitterness to speak of. The backend is akin to a Sprite or 7-Up soda and seems faux. The tartness is mild and short-lived. Does not really work as a lemonade/lager hybrid. 9/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light body with medium carbonation. Thirst-quenching and quaffable. Though only 4.5% ABV it’s a bit too boring to session. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: While not bad-tasting, it’s just entirely too faux to be considered authentic beer and judged by BJCP specs. This is an FMB or a pre-packaged cocktail. 2/10