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Judge's Review: 84 Rating - Juice Caboose by Flying Bison Brewing Co.

April, 2018
Judges Rating: 
17 / 24
6 / 6
35 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Juice Caboose by Flying Bison Brewing Co. was judged as BJCP category 21B  Specialty IPA: NEIPA 

Fresh pineapple and guava with a touch of resin and a dash of dank. Candy-like sweet caramel impressions are enhanced by a noticeable alcohol presence. Sufficiently cloudy golden color with a fine creamy slightly off-white head. The resin and dank hops are more pronounced and dominant in the flavor. Pineapple appears mid-palate. Sweet honey malts and alcohol are also noted but the bittering levels are high enough to hold the sweetness down. The bitterness may be a little too high for the style but it’s not harsh.

A medium body with moderately high levels of carbonation add to the overall impression of bitterness and prickle the palate. While it is not astringent the carbonation and bitterness prevent the beer from being as creamy as anticipated. Very nice beer that held most of the qualities you would want in a NEIPA but just a little harsh. The hop profile leans a little to hard on the resin and dank over the tropical and “juicy” qualities the style is known for.