Monday, May 21, 2018

Anchor Brewer's Pale Ale

Fill date: 2/26/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 18B American Pale Ale

AROMA: Strong American & New World hop aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. Intense to the point of being juicy. There is a slight spice or grassy note in the background. Moderately-low malt presence is noticeable, but no specialty character (none needed, really). Clean fermentation; no alcohol presence. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Amber/pale orange (4-7 SRM). Moderate white foam retains and laces well. Body is quite hazy. 3/3

FLAVOR: Fairly strong grapefruit hop flavor throughout. Taste is quite authentic, almost with a bit of pith or peel. Other citrusy fruit flavors are present, but taste is much drier and more bitter than the nose would indicate. Bitterness seems closer to that of a typical IPA rather than a standard pale ale. Malt base is fairly nondescript and just a tad wheaty, but in no way bready or caramelly. Slight grassy/piney sensation on the finish. Hops linger briefly in the aftertaste with a dry, slightly grassy taste. Clean fermentation; no alcohol presence. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light[ish] body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth, yet crisp. Nice drinkability at only 5.3% ABV. If it were refreshing it'd be tempting to session. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Tasty and fun to drink. But it's yet another pale ale that'd be better marketed and judged as an IPA. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50

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