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Southern Drawl

June, 2016
Judges Rating: 
87
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
35 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

The immediate perception with this beer centers on its soft, grainy and doughy malt aroma that's reminiscent of oyster crackers and freshly baked bread. It was visually striking with a straw yellow color and a clean, pale white head. The beer is soft and smooth up front with a pleasant spicy hop character that appears mid-palate. There is a firm bitterness to balance the malt character but unfortunately, the bitterness lingers far too long into the finish, which harms its overall impression as it left me constantly looking to cleanse the palate, and this characterisitc only becomes more exaggerated as it warms. This would be great kept in an ice-cold cooler for mid-day consumption by the pool; just make sure it doesn't warm up too much.

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