Friday, March 18, 2016

Whisper Creek Surplus Honey Citrus Ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20Chad9976 (1561) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

AROMA: Sweet honey scent with confectionery notes (toffee, especially). Citrus peel seems more sweet than spicy. Plenty of bright malt. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Dark orange to copper hue; mostly clear with slight haze. Large, ivory, frothy head. Good lacing and retention. 3/3

FLAVOR: More sweet than spicy. Seeming pale or amber ale base recipe. Honey is mostly fermented out, though the malt bill creates for slight honey flavor. Citrus peel emerges on backend with a slightly spicy/sweet sensation. Spices blend with hops for minor - but noticeable - bitterness. Tasty and interesting. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium/full body. Well carbonated so as not to be syrupy. Some crispness on finish. Minor alcohol warming sensation, though smooth and drinker-friendly. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An interesting recipe to be sure and the actual execution is commendable. Good taste and drinkability. Difficult to classify its style. 7/10

 DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

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