Friday, April 7, 2017

Toppling Goliath Tsunami Pale Ale

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2017

DOB: 3/23/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 18B American Pale Ale

AROMA: Strong hop aroma of citrus, tropical fruit and a slight grassy/spicy note. Low pale malt, no sweetness or specialty character. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Honey amber/orange hue; fairly clear. Large white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderately-high hop flavor. Begins with citrus and tropical fruity flavors which become juicy-like at the apex. Backend reveals a spicy/herbal bite. Bitterness is moderately-high (this could pass for an IPA). Clean grainy malt base; no sweetness per se, but enough malt to provide balance. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with medium-high CO2. Smooth texture with a crisp finish. Hops leave a slightly starchy, somewhat astringent aftertaste. Otherwise highly quaffable. Plenty of character for only 5% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Walks a fine line between APA and IPA, but works well as either. Tasty and drinkable - isn’t that what we want? 9/10