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Judge's Review: 86 Rating - Castle Made of Clouds by Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.

December, 2020
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
32 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Castle Made of Clouds by Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. was reviewed under #22A (Double IPA) of the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.  The beer poured revealed a hazy, milky liquid that was golden in color.  Very good carbonation that dissipated quickly, however, their was good head retention. The bubbles were small and tight.  The aroma had a wonderful malt sweetness with hints of pineapple and citrus due to the hops utilized. The flavor of the beer had a nice malt sweetness rounded again with grapefruit and a hint of citrus flavors that blended well together.  The hop bitterness was well rounded and smooth and was not sharp and astringent.  Immediately, I could tell that this was a big beer in terms of alcohol ( 8.%) by the taste of it. It had a medium body and mouthfeel and the carbonation was just right.  Not flat, yet not overly carbonated.  The finish was nice and smooth with a nice little alcohol burn due to the strength of this beer (Double IPA).  However, the beer tasted a little too sweet and the cause(s) can vary from lack of oxygenation during "knockout", the health of the yeast and/or not enough pitched yeast for this big beer.