Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Carton/Barrier SS-C.R.E.A.M

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20ChadPolenz (1653) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 34C Experimental Ale (base brew: 22A Double IPA)

AROMA: Hop-forward aroma of orange, though sweet like sherbet. Some light yeast esters. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Basketball orange hue. Body is very cloudy with occasional CO2 bubble floating by. Large, white, frothy head which retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Described as a "hoppy imperial cream ale," this more closely resembles a DIPA. Hop-forward throughout with a strong orange taste. Bitterness is pretty high, too. Body has a sturdy malt backbone, though not especially sweet or any malt distinctiveness. No hop bite, just a general high IBU sensation (~70?). No corn nor lager-like flavor whatsoever which makes me scoff at the cream ale marketing. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body with a noticeable viscosity - leaves me feeling full. Texture is velvety smooth as if it were on nitro. Alcohol warmth and taste is present, but complementary. Hops linger, but are not biting or harsh. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is probably best considered a DIPA. It completely fails as a "cream ale" by any measure. Tasty and fun to drink. 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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