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Funke Hop Farm (28B)

April, 2017
Judges Rating: 
91
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
36 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

A saison-base beer with a plethora of aromatic features: dank hops, pungent spice, grapefruit rind and citrus oil, and a touch of malt sugars (a menagerie, yes, but not at all off-putting). The color is a tannish straw with moderate haze. There are only the faintest of bubbles on the surface that quickly disappear as new bubbles constantly rise to the surface from within. The flavor is massively citrus dominated: grapefruit flesh and rind, lemon juice and zest. A sweetness from malt, likely wheat, is detectable as a background note adding some complexity. Acid flavors and sensations come forth in the finish. A little bit of tropical fruit becomes more apparent as the beer warms. A hint of saltiness also is detectable. The mouthfeel is medium-full, but the citrus notes and acidity make it seem more dry in the finish. A little alcoholic heat is coming through as well. Overall, this beer is a strong expression of lemon and grapefruit that is likely the product of "wild" fermentation rather than from additions or hops alone. Frankly, it quickly grows on you as something quite refreshing, almost like enjoying a glass of slightly tart lemonade after a strenuous activity in the outdoor heat of summertime.

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