Thursday, January 12, 2017

Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20ChadPolenz (1746) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2017

2015 BJCP Category: 18B: American Pale Ale

AROMA: Potent hop aromas of mostly citrus but also grass/spice rack. There is an underlying sweetness of pale malt, but nothing distinctive. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Mostly clear amber/light copper color. Large off-white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderately-high hop flavor right away. Taste is akin to citrus juice concentrate at first with a grassy sensation on the finish with a touch of onion or garlic powder. Mildly sweet honey malt backbone provides balance. Bitterness is quite strong; this could possibly be considered an IPA. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-high CO2. Mouthfeel is fairly crisp and not as thick as an IPA proper. Very quaffable for 5.8% ABV (temptingly sessionable). Refreshing while in the mouth. Hops linger momentarily leaving a slightly dry/pasty sensation. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A fantastic pale ale that tastes great and is fun to drink. Can also work as an IPA if you want it to. 9/10