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Judge's Review: 86 Rating - Synopsis Blueberry & Acai by Area Two Experimental Brewing

March, 2020
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
5 / 6
35 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Synopsis Blueberry & Acai by Area Two Experimental Brewing is judged as BJCP category 28C: Wild Specialty Beer. Presented in a steep-sided pilsner glass at 43 degrees Fahrenheit. The color is a deep and saturated bright red with noticeable haze. Foam stand is poor, which given the style, is somewhat expected. Conditioning appears high. The nose is initially ultra dry, tart and a tad bit funky with acidic/early fruit: cranberry,blueberry, early peach, along with some mineral-yeast notes. As it warms it sweetens ever so slightly. The flavor is very tart with nice blueberry notes balancing the sharp lactic character up front. The mid-palate is fruit of blueberry and gooseberry, with very faint sweetness and an interesting spice element almost like an allspice/black pepper mix -- subtle, but adding to the character. The finish has lingering tart fruit and noticeable mineral tones adding to the dry character. The beer is gassy, acidic, and fruity but in a distinctly dry package. It might not be fully bone-dry, but it's close. While the beer is refreshing and bright, it seems a little over the top in acid level relative to what is happening on the deep end. On a very hot day, or after a very long one, I could see this beer being good company to a cheese plate with pickled vegetables to start a meal.