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90 Rating: HHG APA by Central Waters Brewing Co.

December, 2017
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

I am judging this beer as an American Pale Ale (BJCP category 18B). 

The aroma of this beer was vibrant with clean lemon peel and grapefruit peel notes. The malt character was mild and every so slightly grainy. While the aroma was overall mellow and a hair low in malt complexity for the style, the citrus character invited me to taste it. This paired with the beautiful appearance -- golden, white head with great retention, mostly clear with a slight haze -- makes this an appealing drink. 

The flavor was outstanding -- rich lemon flavor hops are backed up with a deep, earthy hop background. The grainy and slightly sweet malt is in perfect balance with the hops (for the style). There is moderate bitterness, resulting in a clean and crisp finish. The beer is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a beer I would drink again, and is a great representative of the style.