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Judge's Review: 85 Rating - Vantucky Pale Ale by Heathen Brewing

December, 2018
Judges Rating: 
85
Aroma: 
20 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
35 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Vantucky Pale Ale by Heathen Brewing was judged as an American IPA (BJCP Cat. 21A) and had a wonderful earthy upfront hop aroma blended with a low crackery malt with a hint of toast and caramel behind. Light esters of pear and cherry are blended throughout. It was a beautiful golden color with a huge rich off-white head of fine bubbles that were mousse-like and was lightly hazy. The aroma was followed by an upfront earthy hop flavor blended with a low crackery malt and followed immediately with intense bitterness that lingers extensively. It had a medium-full body, was lightly warming and had a very drying bitterness. This beer is for those that love intensely hoppy beers with lingering bitterness. Overall a cleanly made beer that would go great with something like pizza or other food that would have the acidity to balance the bitterness in this beer.

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