Saturday, May 19, 2018

Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale

Fill date: 2/16/18

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

AROMA: Strong American/New World hop aroma of citrus, stone, and tropical fruits. There is also a somewhat sweet candy-like component. Malt is present and firm enough to offer balance with just a touch of caramel. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Amber/pale orange hue (4-7 SRM) with a cloudy body. Fairly large white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Robust hop flavor throughout. Delectable, almost luscious juicy flavors of citrus and tropical fruits. Bitterness is a consistent throughout, with a strong hop bite on the back end. Moderate pale malt base is also evident throughout with just a slight caramel-like flavor, though actual sweetness is rather low (palette does not seem wildly unbalanced, however). Hops linger in the aftertaste, but are not astringent. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation with a smooth texture. Refreshing while in the mouth, though the aftertaste is a bit hoppy and dry for the style. Easy drinkability at 5.2% ABV, though it is filling. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Delicious to be sure, but beer would be better marketed (and judged) as a standard IPA. This is too hoppy for an APA. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50

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