Sunday, June 18, 2017

New Belgium Dayblazer

ChadPolenz (1796) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2017

BBD: 9/17/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 18A Blonde Ale

AROMA: Light grainy malt sweetness with a moderate lemon citrus hop presence. Seems to have a tart character as well (out of place for the style) 8/12

APPEARANCE: Golden hue; mostly clear. Moderate white foam with decent retention and lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Mild palette overall with only moderate malt sweetness and character in the form of blonde, grainy malt. Hops over faint bitterness and no citrus flavor. There is a slight tartness or metallic sensation on the finish which seems indicative of infection or poor canning techniques. Not to the point of being undrinkable; just enough to notice and annoy. 10/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Crisp, clean finish. Slightly refreshing. Seems a bit high at 4.8% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Disappointing considering the brewery. This could’ve been unique, instead it’s just bland and boring. 4/10