Awe Junior

Georgia
United States
Awe Junior, Gate City Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
75
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20
Description 

Packed with bright and juicy tropical citrus aromas, this hazy pale ale offers a lower ABV that still delivers that hop profile that you’ve come to expect from this style. Awe Junior is hopped with Amarillo and Citra hops which give off aromas of melon, citrus and tropical fruit, giving it just enough hoppy dankness for that juicy hop fix we all need.

Profile

ABV: 
5.9%
IBUs: 
28
Served at: 
50º F
Hops: 
Citra, Amarillo, Simcoe
Malts: 
Two-Row, Flaked Oats, Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Dextrin
Judges Review 
Michael Bury's picture
Judges Rating:
75
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Awe Junior by Gate City Brewing Co. is being evaluated as an American Pale Ale (2015 BJCP Category 18B); however, it’s more of a New England Pale Ale but falls short of being a full NE IPA. It pours a golden color with a tall, cream-colored head that sits on top of a murky beer.

Like many other New England-styled beers, the nose is all tropical fruit, all of the time. However, in this one, the guava, resin, and papaya come off as extremely overripe fruit that has turned. This characteristic continues in the flavor, but the moderately-high bitterness is unbalancing and in a direct contradiction to everything else that’s going on. The dry finish promotes a lingering, astringent bitterness.

Awe Junior is unfortunately a miss for me. The past-its-prime fruit character coupled with the too-high bitterness for the style tilts the beverage into a zone that makes it more difficult to drink. The fermentation was clean so it’s just a matter of slight recipe adjustments for this brewery to make.

Brewery Introduction

Gate City Brewing Company's two-story space is anchored in the heart of Historic Roswell. At the corner of Canton and Magnolia Streets, what used to be two Roswell mechanic shops is now a 30bbl brewhouse and 3,000 sqft taproom serving up to 20 house-brewed beers on draft.

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