Friday, February 17, 2017

Prairie Prairie Hop

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20ChadPolenz (1759) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2017

DOB: 12/1/2016

2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA: Belgian IPA

AROMA: Strong American hop aroma of stone, citrus and tropical fruit. A light wheat scent appears in the background. Esters and phenols are very obscured. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Very hazy copper/orange. Moderate off-white foam persists. 3/3

FLAVOR: A veritable fruit basket of flavors. Tropical and stone fruits are most prominent and are lightly sweet and almost juicy. Green pear is present in the background. Bitterness is moderate with a dry/spicy taste. Esters and phenols are present for slight pepper taste and drying sensation, but are obscured by the hops. Aside from a slight crackery taste, the malt base is passive. Alcohol plays no role in the palette. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Doesn’t feel sticky, but is certainly not crisp. The 8% ABV is well-masked as far as taste and warmth. Beer is genuinely refreshing and quaffable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though billed as a "Belgian-style ale" (saison?), it’s clearly a Belgian IPA and works well as such. 9/10