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Fruitallica

September, 2017
Judges Rating: 
92
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Fruitallica, a collaboration by Stone Brewing, Beavertown Brewery and Garage Project, is being evaluated as a Fruit & Spice Beer (Category 29B) from the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

Although Fruitallica has a solid representation of yuzu, kiwi and habanero, it leaves no doubt that it is still a double IPA.  The complex and ever changing aroma kicks off with prominent fresh mango, light pineapple and mixed citrus from the hops and yuzu, with a hint of earthiness and kiwi in the background.  As the beer warms a touch of bready malt emerges along with a light floral alcohol character.  The flavor provides a similar kick, with mango, pineapple, light kiwi and a hint of lemon zest.  The base malt sneaks in for an appearance mid-palate along with a moderate but smooth floral alcohol, as well as a moderately high hop bitterness.  A touch of complimentary peppery heat reminds you that there is habanero added.  Moderate residual sweetness dries out a little in the finish with help from the peppers and alcohol.  The significant haze and residual sweetness is reminiscent of a New England style IPA.  This is an enjoyable and well-made beer to take with you into the cooler fall days that lie ahead.

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