AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20ChadPolenz (1701) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 18A Blonde Ale
AROMA: Sweet blonde malt, though also a buttered popcorn or kettle chip aroma (diacetyl). No hops. 6/12
APPEARANCE: Gold/light copper hue. Clear but no CO2. Foam evaporates quickly. 1/3
Sweet toffee/kettle chip flavor up front (diacetyl). Slight genuine
malt taste on the second half with a bit of a flaked maize (DMS?) flavor
on the finish. Very low earthy hop presence. Mild overall, mostly
MOUTHFEEL: Light body at only 3.7% ABV.
Mouthfeel is a bit dull (should be effervescent and crisp). Toffee and
corn flavors linger momentarily but eventually fade away clean. Slightly
OVERALL IMPRESSION: This was impressive at the beer fest, but on a clean palate it seems very flawed. Is it just me? 5/10
TOTAL SCORE: 27/50
NOTE: I am a rank-pending BJCP judge. I am reviewing commercial beer to BJCP specs to hone my judging skills.