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Judge's Review: 85 Rating - Speed Merchant by Platform Beer Co.

May, 2018
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
4 / 6
36 / 40
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Speed Merchant by Platform Beer Co. is a stylistic offshoot from American IPA’s, a White IPA, which typically features a more prominent wheat component, lending to light, hazy appearances (Specialty IPA, 21B). It offered prominent notes of pineapple, mandarin orange and pine, along with a firm crackery malt component. The brew poured fairly clear orange, with fluffy beige head that stayed entrenched throughout. 

Flavors featured soft, bready malts combined with a fairly firm bitterness. Hop flavor was medium to medium-high, with citrus and earth noticeable. Mouthfeel was medium-dry, with the bitterness lingering at the back of the tongue.  An enjoyable beer, a very approachable IPA, one that was well constructed and firmly grainy and dry. It could have benefited from a touch more hop flavor.