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


Thursday, May 18, 2017

GolfBeer Freddie’s Scandinavian Style Blonde Ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20ChadPolenz (1787) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2017
DOC: 12/5/2016

2015 BJCP Category: 18A Blonde Ale

AROMA: Moderate sweet malty aroma with a bit of a honey/lemon character (oxidation). Subtle butterscotch presence as well (diacetyl). Though flaws, these characteristics actually complement each other and are not rancid or off-putting. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Pale orange or amber hue; very cloudy. Large off-white foam evaporates quickly and completely. 1/3

FLAVOR: Moderately sweet throughout with a caramel/butterscotch taste up front and subtle honey in the background. There’s a mild spicy hop flavor and bitterness just past the apex which complements the palette nicely. The beer probably isn’t supposed to taste this way, but it’s not off-putting even though it’s flawed. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-low carbonation. Smooth and comfortable, but this should be crisp. Slight buttery/fruity aftertaste. Very quaffable for 4.5% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though clearly flawed, the overall taste is not bad and is acceptable for the style. It succeeds despite failing. 5/10


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Fürstenberg Premium Pilsner

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20ChadPolenz (1786) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2017
BBD: 8/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 5D German Pils

AROMA: Lightly sweet grainy character; slight graham cracker note. Moderate spicy/floral hops. Background mineral note. 9/12

APPEARANCE: White gold hue; brilliant clarity; very effervescent. Large creamy white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderate-high spicy hop flavor akin to rye or black pepper. Low-moderate sweet, clean grain base with graham cracker flavor, but no residual sweetness. Aftertaste is quite dry and spicy. Clean fermentation, though there is a subtle mineral taste that diminishes over time. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Very quaffable. Tempting to session at 4.8% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though not the best pilsner in the world, it’s absolutely to-spec for the style (plus fun and easy to drink). What’s not to like? 8/10


Friday, May 5, 2017

Southern Tier Thick Mint

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1785) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2017

DOB: 3/1/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (base style: 20C Imperial Stout)

AROMA: Almost identical to a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie with sweet aroma of authentic mint anad chocolate. Some alcohol is present, but it seems to complement the bouquet. No roasted malts or other aromas typical of an imperial stout. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque black proper with slight maroon highlights. Very large, brown, frothy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Just as the nose tips, this is a liquid Girl Scout cookie. Flavor is mostly chocolate and mint throughout with slight vanilla sensation on the backend due mostly to the alcohol. A base of dark malts is present, but they offer little roasted or toasted flavors (perhaps in the aftertaste). Hops offer only balance and no flavors of their own. A bit simplistic and repetitive, but quite tasty. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Full-bodied; medium carbonation. Texture is quite smooth. No cloying aftertaste or sticky residue. Alcohol warmth is minimal and complements the mint perfectly. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: As a novelty brew this is one of the better ones I’ve had. But as an impy stout it’s lacking some key components of the style. Fun beer to drink, though. 8/10


Friday, April 7, 2017

Toppling Goliath Tsunami Pale Ale

   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


Thursday, April 6, 2017

New Belgium Citradelic Tangerine IPA

   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


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

New Belgium Cherry Almond Ale

   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


Sunday, April 2, 2017

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA

   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


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Perrin No Rules Vietnamese Porter

   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


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Perrin The Hypocrite

   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


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Perrin/Cigar City/Oskar Blues Triangulation Imperial Oatmeal Stout

   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


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Perrin Grapefruit IPA

   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


Friday, March 24, 2017

Perrin Caesar's Gimp

   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


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Perrin 98 Problems IPA

   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


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Great God of Fun Red Ale by The Booth Brewing

   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


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Perrin Black

   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


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Perrin Gold

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


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