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DBA

September, 2015

DBA

Judges Rating: 
84
Aroma: 
19 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
34 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

This beer pours a beautiful, crystal clear amber with a resilient off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. The malt is at the forefront of the aroma with complex bready, nutty and toffee characters underneath. But only a touch of earthy hops shows through, and the expected esters are absent. The medium-bodied beer again primarily highlights malt, with bready and nutty flavors and hints of chocolate and cedar. Again, the hops are quite light, displaying a mild earthy flavor that similarly carries through to the finish with a moderately light bitterness. The complex maltiness in this beer is very enjoyable, but the scarcity of hops, esters, and bitterness leaves this beer a bit one-dimensional.

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