Saturday, June 25, 2016

21st Amendment Down to Earth Session IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20ChadPolenz (1623) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA

AROMA: Combination of grassy and tropical fruits. Slight honey/lemon tea note, too. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Mostly clear orange. Medium white foam. Good retention and lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Starts with honey/lemon malt flavor, though not especially sweet. Some tropical juice flavor in the background. Assertive bitterness at the crest of the swig followed by a grassy/spicy sensation. Honey/lemon aftertaste. Flavors all work well. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light/medium body. Consistently crisp with proper CO2 amount (~medium). Not really refreshing, though it finishes mostly clean. Highly drinkable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is a textbook session IPA for sure, though there are better examples. Not a huge fan of the honey/lemon flavor but hops are nice. 8/10


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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