Friday, October 14, 2016

Sixpoint Tesla

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20ChadPolenz (1697) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA

AROMA: Strong hops: mostly orange citrus with some resin. Sweet grainy malt. No alcohol, clean fermentation profile. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Mostly clear orange/copper. Large, beige froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Strong dank bitterness. Flavor is orange juice up front and resin/pine at the end (Chinook hops?). Bitterness is quite strong (seemingly higher than the advertised 49 IBUs). Hops linger with a resiny flavor but are not cloying. Lightly sweet grainy malt offers balance but is not especially distinctive. No alcohol taste. Clean fermentation profile. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and CO2. Consistently crisp, but smooth. Faint alcohol warmth is not distracting. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Marketed as a "hop-charged lager," this is clearly an IPL and an excellent one at that. Borderline world class example for the style. 9/10


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