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Judge's Review: 80 Rating - Murky by North Peak Brewing Co.

May, 2018


Judges Rating: 
18 / 24
5 / 6
35 / 40
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
15 / 20

North Peak Brewing Company’s Murky Oat IPA was judged as a BJCP category 21B, Specialty IPA, and this sample presents much like the name might suggest. The aroma starts with a husky, grainy quality that is followed by an earthy, musty funkiness that is not what one would expect. There are also hints of chocolate and a pithy grapefruit in the rear. The appearance is a hazy, slightly dull, deep golden color with a creamy off-white head that persists. The flavor continues with the pithy grapefruit coupled with a cracker-like or biscuit graininess, and an assertively earthy hop flavor and bitterness before finishing rather dry. The grain lingers on the tongue with an almost tea-like finish. It is crisp on the tongue with a medium-light body, moderate carbonation and astringency, and no noticeable alcohol notes. Overall, the husky graininess along with the assertive, earthy hopping makes this beer seem a bit out of balance.