Thursday, June 28, 2018

Hidden Springs ZFG

Fill date: 6/4/18

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

AROMA: Strong American/New World hop aroma of citrus and tropical fruits (more of pith than of juice). Moderate grassy component seems on point for the bouquet. Nondescript pale malt base; perhaps a bit wheaty or cracker-like. No alcohol presence; clean fermentation. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Slightly hazy shade of white gold (4-5 SRM). Champagne-like effervescence visible. Huge white head with composition of dish soap suds which leaves scattered lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Brew is something of a novelty or an experiment as all the hops were added post-fermentation resulting in zero IBUs. Hops are moderate in intensity with a grassy/spicy flavor and slight grapefruit pith in the aftertaste. The flavor does offer some perceived bitterness, though the pale malt base is not rich or sweet. Attenuation seems to be rather high and some wheat may be present which might account for the dryness. Hops linger in the aftertaste same as in an ordinary pale ale. Fermentation seems clean. No alcohol presence. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; high carbonation. Smooth; somewhat refreshing, though easily drinkable. Feels much lighter than 5.5% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Creative brewing technique, but the actual product is more "interesting" than it is genuinely good (for the style). 6/10


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