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90 Rating: Redbud by Independence Brewing Co.

December, 2017
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Redbud by Independence Brewing is being evaluated as a Berliner Weisse (Category 23A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer pours a light gold color generally clear clarity and a slight haze.  A pearl colored, sponge-like head builds up on the pour but is fleeting.  Lactic tartness is prominent in the aroma with notes of lemon.  A crisp pilsner-like malt character is noticeable as well as light floral and herbal aromas, presumably from the hops.  As the beer warms, there is a touch of a dry hop character in the background of the nose which adds a layer of complexity. 

Lactic tartness is also prominent in the flavor and dominates the palate.  Similar to the aroma, this makes way for the flavors of lemon but with the addition of a light tart green apple (not acetaldehyde like) as well.  There is a typical pilsner-like and bready flavor from the malt and medium sweetness, though the high tartness helps balance this out.  The touch of dry hop character also translates into the flavor and helps ground this beer out; though untraditional for the style, it is well done and restrained. 

This beer is light bodied with effervescent and tickling carbonation.  The acidity in this beer helps dry out after the sip.  Overall, this is a well done and fairly traditional style Berliner Weisse which is very refreshing and easy drinking.  This beer almost makes me wish summer was here so I can quench my thirst with it during a hot Louisiana day outside.