Front Row

Virginia
United States
Front Row by Starr Hill Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

This light and refreshing beer is the perfect balance of hop bitterness and a honey-like malt body. Lightly hopped with Cascade, the Honey malt and oats bring a bit of sweetness for a smooth mouthfeel and clean finish.

Profile

ABV: 
4.9%
Served at: 
40 - 45º
Hops: 
Cascade
Malts: 
Pilsner, Oats, Caramel, Honey
Judges Review 
Rick Franckhauser's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Front Row Golden Ale was judged as a Blond Ale, BJCP Style Category 18A. Fresh lemons and floral hops are present up front. Some low-level honey malt combines with a little lightly-  toasted malt aspect for a nicely balanced aroma presentation. As it warms up I get a hint of very inviting pineapple. The beer has a clean fermentation character and pours a clear golden color with a big creamy off-white head that leaves a beautiful Belgian lace. The lemony hops are found in the flavor as well, joined by a hint of resin. Toasty malt is accompanied by some honey notes and balanced by a firm bitterness. A touch of candy-like sweetness entered toward the finish but is replaced by some citrus, which lingers into the aftertaste, and a medium-dry finish. A medium-light body with moderate carbonation adds a little bite but it manages to leave a creamy coating when all is said and done. It leans a little more toward hops than your standard blonde ale. What I appreciate the most is that while it is easy-drinking and approachable, it still holds some subtle complexities throughout.