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Pineapple Sculpin

February, 2016
Judges Rating: 
93
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This beer pours a beautiful, burnished gold color with pristine clarity and a large, ivory-colored head of small bubbles that quickly fades to a faint disk. The pineapple aroma is very apparent from a distance as the beer is being poured, an inviting mélange of fruity and tropical elements. A closer sniff brings out the pineapple, as well as citrusy notes of grapefruit, floral hops and toasty, bread crust malt. The flavor has prominent pineapple and tropical notes, as well as a tangerine-like citrus character, along with the bread crusts and toast. A very clean fermentation and a balanced bitterness leads into a dry finish that featuring lingering mango and pineapple notes. This is a crisp, medium-bodied beer with high carbonation and moderate alcohol warming in the back of the throat. This is a well-executed fruited IPA – a perfect companion for teriyaki meats slathered in soy sauce.

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