Monday, November 14, 2016

Crafted Pollen-Nation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20ChadPolenz (1713) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: M3A Fruit & Spice Mead

AROMA: Sweet strong honey is prominent. Blackberry is fairly subtle background note. Perhaps a hint of ginger. No hop aroma. Flavor complement each other well. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful magenta hue; mostly clear body with CO2 present. Some white froth lingers on the top. 3/3

FLAVOR: Light dry fruitiness up front akin to flavored soda. A strong surge of honey flavor and sweetness emerges on the apex. Blackberry juice becomes strong and tart on the finish. I can’t pick out the Cascade hops nor any distinct spices (perhaps ginger or cinnamon?). Overall, flavors are enjoyable and pretty well balanced. Sweet without becoming cloying but also dry/tart in some aspects. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-low carbonation (petillant). Some tannins and astringency in the aftertaste, albeit briefly (otherwise clean). No alcohol presence. Slightly refreshing. Smooth and comfortable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A delectable palette due to an interesting recipe. I’d prefer more hops but this is more than satisfactory as it is. 8/10