Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sierra Nevada Hoppy Wheat IPA


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20ChadPolenz (1692) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2016


2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA

AROMA: Sweet citrusy hops. Akin to lemon and orange-flavored candy. Slight bubblegum. Minor wheat presence, but not beady. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Clear golden hue. Constant carbonation visible. Large, white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Classic American IPA palette with fairly strong hop bitterness throughout. Flavor is citrusy orange/lemon/pink grapefruit. Wheat gives the palette slight cracker background flavor. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; highly carbonated and crisp. Texture is soft and smooth; very quaffable (but not refreshing). Finishes with dry bitterness with some residual starch. No alcohol presence. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Works very well as both a classic AIPA and as a specialty IPA. Not surprising considering the brewery. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 44/50

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