AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20ChadPolenz (1631) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA
AROMA: Strong citrusy hops and coffee beans. Slight chocolate. 9/12
APPEARANCE: Dark reddish amber; clear body. Small, off white, foam. 2/3
Surprisingly malty sweet at first. Dank citrusy concentrate is present
throughout, though beer is not especially bitter even for an IPA. Coffee
flavor is strong initially, but seems to fade. Mild dark chocolate
flavor emerges on finish and in aftertaste. Alcohol imparts some heat
but doesn’t complement flavors (or distract from them). Tastes
definitely work well together; though not quite a mind-blower. 14/20
Medium body with medium carbonation. Not crisp, but far from syrupy.
Alcohol warmth is noticeable, but tolerable. Aftertaste fades quickly.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: A mocha IPA is a nice twist on the coffee
IPA sub-sub-genre. Flavors work well, but end result is merely good
rather than amazing. 7/10
TOTAL SCORE: 35/50
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.