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Calico

Judges Rating: 
89
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

A dark red-amber pour is topped by an off-white head that was low but had great retention with small bubbles that laced the glass. The aroma tilts toward complex caramel malt with a touch of resin and grapefruit. The flavor has even more malt character with a well-boiled caramelized sugar complexity. The hop flavor is resiny and very subdued. Bitterness is relatively high but needed to prevent the semidry finish from being sweet. The aftertaste has a lot of hop resin and caramel character that lingers. Like a red IPA in the finish, this is a great example of an American Amber at t he front.

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