Monday, September 26, 2016

Southern Tier Pumking (2015 vintage)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer (base style: ?)

AROMA: Strong cinnamon graham cracker scent. Nutmeg is quite prominent along with a general autumn spicy aroma. Alcohol is present, but mostly as a background note. No distinctive malt or hop presence. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Pumpkin skin bright orange. Very cloudy body with sediment floating in suspension. Small, beige, soapy foam dissipates quickly. 1/3

FLAVOR: Mild base of pale and amber malts, though they are not especially sweet on their own. A honey/lemon flavor indicative of oxidation emerges towards the middle (though it blends with the palette). Cinnamon and nutmeg gently bite at the end with slight cracker/crust taste. Alcohol imparts a liqueur-type sensation. Palette has diminished with age but is still quite flavorful. Faint spicy hops. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; low carbonation. Feels a bit flat in the mouth (but not slick). Alcohol warmth is fairly subtle and easily tolerated. Clean, dry aftertaste. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Tastes very good for a year-old vintage, but nothing was gained by aging this beer. Spices faded; mouthfeel is a bit dull. 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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