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90 Rating: Busted Prop by Crystal Lake Brewing

January, 2018
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
26 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This beer was judged as an American Wheat Beer (BJCP Category 1D).

This beer poured a beautiful deep golden color with a huge creamy head and fine bubbles leaving nice lacing on the glass. Viewing this beer just makes you thirsty. This brew begins with a big floral and citrus hop aroma with tropical notes tied in. Right off the bat, this is more like an American Pale Ale than an American Wheat as the hops nearly covered the pleasant wheat malt aromas. There were no esters noticeable and no off aromas. 

Citrus and tropical hop flavors quench that thirst along with a soft wheat presence. This beer had higher hop levels than most American Wheat beers yet didn't finish overly bitter. It was clean, smooth and very refreshing. A great beer to drink alongside almost any meal or when you're just relaxing and enjoying the company of friends.

The only caveat: Don't expect your typical American Wheat beer that would generally have a lower hop presence and a higher wheat malt presense. The combination of the wheat and high hop quotient makes this a very pleasant and drinkable beer.