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Judge's Review: 85 Rating - Panga Drops by Nicaragua Craft Beer Co.

July, 2019
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
5 / 6
34 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Panga Drops by Nicaragua Craft Beer Co. falls under the 2015 BJCP Guidelines as a (7C) Pale Kellerbier. This one is an unusual beer for : #1) the can is only 8 ounces ( very small ). #2) it is an unusual beer style in the U.S. It originated in Franconia, Bavaria region of Germany. "Keller" refers to cellar in German, hence it is a cellar beer by definition. It is unpasteurized and conditioned in oak casks and exposed to the environment thru the unplugged bung hole, thus allowing the C02 to escape during secondary fermentation.The beer picks up some of the flavors in the cave and is usually cloudy with yeast and nutrients.

The aroma of this beer revealed a nice malty sweetness and subtle corn, perhaps ? Negligible hop aroma ( that is okay for this style ) and should be lacking. The appearance of this beer is a light golden hue that was a bit hazy due to chill haze and the fact that it might not be filtered. It had a good carbonation level and a nice head retention in the glass. The flavor of this beer had a nice balance of malt/hops that fit nicely with the beer guidelines for this style. A nice malty sweetness balanced with moderate hop bittering. It had a nice clean grain flavor that was evident.  The beer was medium body and mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. It finished nice, smooth and clean in the palate. A very nice interpretation of the beer style that is easily quenchable, especially in these small can size.