Monday, July 11, 2016

Brew Bus Are Wheat There Yet?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1637) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 18A Blonde Ale

AROMA: Orange citrus and passion fruit juice. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Pale hazy orange. Large chunks of sediment. Small, white soapy suds. 1/3

FLAVOR: Some citrus and tropical fruit notes (the most prominent flavors, but not to the extent of being juicy). Wheaty backbone is evident throughout; creates for light bready flavor. Mild hop bite on the finish. Definitely epitomizes a "pale wheat ale" but no such style exists in the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; consistently crisp but not spastic. Too hoppy to be refreshing, though finish is mostly clean. ABV a little high for the intended drinking situation, but still quite quaffable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Hop aroma and flavor make what is usually a boring style pretty interesting. I’d prefer a more truly sessionable ABV. 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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