Thursday, August 18, 2016

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20ChadPolenz (1671) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA - Black IPA

AROMA: Huge grapefruit hop aroma. Almost a sweet, bubblegum or juicy aroma as well. Unfortunately, no malt, roast, or chocolate notes. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque dark brown/black. Moderate tan foam retains and laces fairly well. 2/3

FLAVOR: Grapefruit and citrus flavors throughout. Some dank resiny notes at the apex. Hop-forward for sure, but bitterness seems lower than 100 IBUs. Malty presence, but no chocolate/coffee/roasty notes. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium+ body; relatively low CO2 with a creamy texture. Alcohol is well masked and imparts only minimal flavor and warmth. Lingering resiny aftertaste. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I enjoy the taste a lot but wish there was more black in this Black IPA. Drinkability is impressive. 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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