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Judge's Review: 87 Rating - Nap In The Hammock by Metazoa Brewing Co.

September, 2018
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
4 / 6
36 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Nap In The Hammock by Metazoa Brewing Co. was judged as BJCP Category 1C, Cream Ale, according to the 2015 BJCP style guidelines.

I rarely buy cream ale. I find most of ithem insipid and boring. This is different. It checks all the right boxes. Each flavor element inches up to the edge but the brewer maintains the balance between the medium-low bread dough and bread crust malt, medium sweet light corn, spicy herbal hops, faint fruit from the yeast, and the medium-low hop bitterness. The flavors weave together pleasantly with nothing dominating. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The beer is crisp, clean, smooth and thirst-quenching and has a long, lingering aftertaste of malt, corn and bitter hop flavors. Most cream ales are repeatable because they have low alcohol, are non-filling and you can drink more than one. This beer has the flavor and balance that makes you want to drink more than one.