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Chucktown Follicle Brown

October, 2015
Judges Rating: 
92
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

The aroma of this beer is complex and intriguing; huge notes of toast, toffee and light chocolate combined with equally large notes of grapefruit and grassy hops are all laced together with a hint of strawberry esters. It has a brilliantly clear, brown body with amber highlights and a rocky, persistent, beige head. In the flavor, the toffee and toast persist, and the light chocolate aroma transforms into dry, processed cocoa with moderate notes of caramel and brown sugar. The hop flavor echoes the grapefruit and grass in the aroma with additional light notes of cantaloupe. The body is on the low end of the style, yet the complexity of the flavor combinations easily compensate. There is a smooth, low, lingering hop bitterness and a dry finish with just a touch of alcohol warmth. If you haven't tried grapefruit, toffee, and caramel together -- this beer is a delightful and delicious starting point for that experiment. 

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