Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Saltwater LocAle

   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

FLAVOR: 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 inoffensive. 13/20

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 refreshing. 2/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This was impressive at the beer fest, but on a clean palate it seems very flawed. Is it just me? 5/10


NOTE: I am a rank-pending BJCP judge. I am reviewing commercial beer to BJCP specs to hone my judging skills.

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