AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20ChadPolenz (1691) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 19C American Brown Ale
AROMA: Malty-rich aroma with notes of caramel, toffee, and some toasted bread. Slight earthy hops. No esters. 11/12
APPEARANCE: A chestnut/mahogany shade of brown. Clear. Large tan froth laces and retains well. 3/3
Moderately-high malt palette with caramel/toffee flavors up front and a
dark chocolate on the second half. Sweet, but not cloying. Transitions
to a fairly strong bitterness that lingers. Hops are spicy/earthy but do
not upstage the malts. Faint smoke character. Well-balanced. 18/20
Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation. Soft, smooth texture. A
medium-dry aftertaste of both malts and hops. No alcohol presence. 5/5
IMPRESSION: Definitely a California-style brown ale with plenty of
hops, but still well-balanced. The use of smoked malt (though probably a
trivial amount) is not to style, though. Otherwise it’d be perfect.
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.