Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sweetwater Grass Monkey

Best before date: 7/10/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 1D American Wheat Beer

AROMA: Fresh, clean lemony aroma from hops and lemongrass addition. Slight honey character (oxidation). Mild, generic malt and wheat base. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Slightly cloudy golden amber hue (5-7 SRM). Very large, white, fluffy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Consistent combination of pale wheat character and lightly bitter and citrusy-tasting hops. Lemon is, not surprisingly, the most prominent of these flavors. Subtle spiciness from the lemongrass addition emerges at the finish and lingers briefly. Little in the way of unique malt character other than a subtle honey note (which is likely oxidation, anyway). Well-balanced palette to be sure, but not a particularly exciting one. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderate carbonation. More smooth and creamy than spritzy or crisp. Easy drinkability at 5.4% ABV, but not particularly refreshing or sessionable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: More interesting than the average American wheat brew, but still far from amazing. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 36/50

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