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87 Rating: Cloudy with a Chance of Charcuterie by Free Will Brewing Co.

December, 2017
Judges Rating: 
87
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
34 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Cloudy with a Chance of Charcuterie is a New England-style IPA, judged as BJCP Category 21B. This beer's aroma consists of dense grapefruit and orange, with pine in the background. It has a fresh, juicy character.  It pours a milky, yellow-orange color, which is characteristic of style, with low white head that completely disappears after a moment or two. This beer's flavor is all hops, but lacks the depth of character found in the aroma. Mostly, it's resinous and bitter, though some pine and low citrus are in the background. It has a full, fluffy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Higher carbonation would be a better fit for this example. Overall, this beer's aroma stands out, but its flavor could use some work.

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