Sunday, August 20, 2017

Modelo Especial (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)

ChadPolenz (1827) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2017

DOC: 4/23/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 2A International Pale Lager

AROMA: Moderately low base malt with hint of sweetness. Faint trace of spicy hops. Clean fermentation. Nose is mild overall, but inoffensive. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Gold color (5-7) SRM. Clear body; bubbly. Small, white foam mostly dissipates. 3/3

FLAVOR: Low grainy malt sweetness with a bit of a cracker flavor. No adjunct taste is apparent (most likely an all-malt recipe). Becomes a bit sweeter as it warms. Hops are low with a peppery flavor and soft, dry bitterness. Clean fermentation profile. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light body; medium-high carbonation. Refreshing with a clean, crisp finish. Quaffable and sessionable at 4.5% 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not a very interesting beer, but it’s mostly to-spec and inoffensive. 6/10


NOTE: See my 2009 original review here: