2015 BJCP Category: 18B American Pale Ale (thanks to Jim for this bottle!)
AROMA: Strong citrusy hop aroma, especially orange and grapefruit.
IPA-level hoppiness in the nose. No malt presence. Clean and bright.
APPEARANCE: Dark gold to amber proper hue. Mostly clear but
particulates float in suspension. Average, white, foamy head. Good
retention and lacing. 2/3
FLAVOR: Strong bitterness right away.
Citrusy hop flavor is quite strong with some grassy notes on the second
half and aftertaste. Some blood orange taste comes through at the end.
Base malt is mostly nondeScript. General amber/blonde character but not
especially sweet. IBUs probably too high for the style, but otherwise
MOUTHFEEL: Medium+ body. Fairly crisp. Some
lingering bitterness, but it’s tolerable. No alcohol warmth. Feels
lighter than the ABV. 5/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Interesting and
impressive brew: an imperial pale ale with blood orange juice. Hoppy and
bitter enough to be considered a standard IPA. Not fruity enough to be a
fruit beer proper. 8/10
TOTAL SCORE: 43/50
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.