Friday, September 8, 2017

Czech Rebel Beer

ChadPolenz (1835) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2017

DOB: ?

2015 BJCP Category: 3B Czech Premium Pale Lager

AROMA: Medium-high bready-rich malt medium spicy hops. Clean fermentation profile. Slight honey/lemon oxidation presence. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Somewhat dark golden hue (5-7 SRM). Clear body; plenty effervescent. Large white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Fairly strong bready-rich malt taste throughout. Akin to whole grain bread with a light caramel sweetness in the background (though that may be oxidation). Hops are quite prominent as well with spicy/peppery taste and assertive, dry bitterness. Balance is slightly malty, but the interplay is rather complex. Slight honey taste on the finish due to oxidation. Otherwise clean fermentation. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth, comfortable texture (not crisp or spastic). Hops linger for a mild spicy, dry aftertaste. Feels like a much stronger brew than 4.4% ABV. Absolutely sessionable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: If this were fresh it'd definitely be a World Class example. A hidden gem hiding in your local beer store. 9/10