Saturday, July 16, 2016

Devils Backbone Striped Bass Pale Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1642) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 18B American Pale Ale

AROMA: Piney, floral and green tea-like hop character. Some light maltiness, though not especially sweet. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Golden hue; near crystal clarity. Some Co2 visible. Small, white, foam; plenty of lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Lightly bitter and malty up front. Clean blonde/amber malt but no real specialty malt flavors. Hops impart a consistent spicy/grassy flavor throughout. Moderate bitter bite at the apex with a lingering dank bitterness. Solid, but not amazing. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; carbonation seems a little low for the style. Not refreshing, though it is smooth. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Interesting pale ale that combines German and American ingredients and flavors. I like it. 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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