Friday, March 9, 2018

New Belgium Accumulation

Best before date: 3/25/2018

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 21B Specialty IPA: White IPA

AROMA: Fairly strong orange citrus from American hops. Slight pineapple. No Belgian yeast esters. Malt base is present, but has no specialty character. No alcohol presence. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Very hazy pale golden hue (2-4 SRM). Large white froth retains and laces fairly well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Orange-flavored throughout; beginning with a slight juicy flavor and finishing with more of a bitter pith/peel taste. Bitterness is moderate. There are no flavors of coriander or Belgian yeast esters. There is a subtle spiciness, but is not entirely representative of a witbier character. Beer is better viewed as a West Coast-style IPA or even a pale ale than a true White IPA. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth; almost creamy. Somewhat refreshing. Highly drinkable; though feels much lighter than 6.2% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Has the appearance and orange character of the style, but is missing most everything else. Enjoyable, but not really to spec. 6/10


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