Saturday, June 16, 2018

Two Brothers Pahoehoe Coconut Ale

Best before date: 10/30/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (base style: 18A Blonde Ale)

AROMA: Moderate presence of authentic, raw coconut (nothing toasted). Slight vanilla sweetness. Faint pale malt base with no specialty character. No discernible hops. Clean fermentation. 8/10

APPEARANCE: Mostly clear shade of gold (4-5 SRM). Small, off white suds retain mostly evaporate. 2/3

FLAVOR: Most likely a blonde ale base recipe as the core ingredients are rather muted. Coconut is barely noticeable until the finish at which point it becomes quite prominent. Mostly authentic taste, but does have a slight sunblock character. Vanilla adds a touch of sweetness on the finish and briefly into the aftertaste and creates for a cookie-like taste. Malts and hops are nondescript; no specialty character and very low bitterness. Attenuation seems moderate. No obvious flaws, but palette is rather boring. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderate carbonation. Quaffable, but not especially refreshing. Aftertaste is mostly clean, though the coconut does linger a tad. Feels like a much lighter brew than 5.2% ABV; some drinkers may find this sessionable. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: As a beach beer it works fine, but this isn't a particularly creative or well-brewed SHV brew. Too mild to impress. 5/10

TOTAL SCORE: 30/50

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