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Judge's Review: 84 Rating - Breckenridge White Ale by Breckenridge Brewery

October, 2018
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
6 / 6
35 / 40
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Breckenridge White Ale by Breckenridge Brewery is a Witbier and is being evaluated as a Witbier (category 24A in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Witbiers are Belgian-style wheat ales noted for their citrusy and perfumy flavors (derived from spices and yeast) and refreshing character. Typical to style, Breckenridge White Ale is brewed with coriander and orange peel.

This beer pours straw golden in color, lightly hazy, with a big, fluffy, mousse-like white head. The aroma is of fragrant, citrusy coriander with a hint of black pepper and wheat. The flavor again displays the perfumy coriander but balances more evenly with wheat. The beer finishes dry and crisp with a moderate bitterness and a touch of astringency. The coriander in the aroma starts off fresh and inviting but becomes more subdued in the flavor profile. The finish is a somewhat harsh collaboration of dryness, bitterness and astringency.