AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20ChadPolenz (1788) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2017
2015 BJCP Category: 18B American Pale Ale
AROMA: Strong IPA-level piney/floral hop aroma. Some fruit or berry
notes. Firm malt presence creates for confectionery-like sweetness.
Clean fermentation. No alcohol. 9/12
amber/copper hue (too dark for style, though); mostly clear. Large white
froth retains and laces extremely well. 2/3
dominate the presentation with piney/resiny flavor at beginning and end.
Fruity/floral flavors are present at the apex. Malt base is noticeably
sweet with a strong caramel/toffee taste throughout. Palette is big and
robust in nearly every way - a little too flamboyant for the style,
MOUTHFEEL: Medium to medium-full body; moderate
carbonation. Not quite crisp, not quite sticky; though the hops do
linger and leave a dry piney aftertaste. Very efficient for 6.5% ABV.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though a delectable brew, this is
entirely too big to be considered an APA. If marketed as a AIPA it’d be
nearly World Class. 6/10