Goldcoast Lager

Connecticut
United States
Goldcoast Lager, Berlinetta Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

A dry-hopped amber lager. Very dry throughout with a prominent citrus aroma.

Profile

ABV: 
6.3%
IBUs: 
40
Served at: 
43º F
Hops: 
Cascade, Citra
Malts: 
Domestic Two-Row, Weyermann Munich Malt, Weyermann Cara Pils
Judges Review 
Michael Bury's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Goldcoast Lager by Berlinetta Brewing is being evaluated as an International Amber Lager (Category 2B, 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines). However, as you'll see, it's more of an American India Amber Lager for which there are no current categories.

Goldcoast Lager initially poured with a light amber color along with brilliant clarity. The fleeting ivory head left a bit of lacing. In the nose, I got restrained bready, cereal-like malt that was dominated by caramelized, over-ripe tropical fruit (papaya, lychee, melon, banana). Fermentation seemed to be clean as the fruit probably originated from the use of modern, American hops.

While tasting, there's a familiarity to the nose with a fairly strong, overripe tropical fruit hop presentation. The moderate hop bitterness helps to balance the beer. Although well fermented with solid attentuation, the fruit combined with sweet, honey-like, grainy malt gives the impression of too much sweetness. Moderate-bodied with average carbonation.

Overall, Goldcoast Lager is a good beer that will appease many a beer drinker. However, the the overripe fruit with a depth of caramelization detracts from the experience for myself. For this reviewer, I'm left wondering why would one go through the trouble of producing a lager with so much fruit from hops