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Judge's Review: 88 Rating - Passionfruit & Lime Bizarre Gardening Accident by Motorworks Brewing

June, 2020
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
6 / 6
34 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Bizarre Gardening Accident by Motorworks Brewing is a Berliner weisse (BJCP 2015 Category 23A), but the addition of passion fruit and lime push it into Fruit Beer (29A). The category is quite fitting as the fruit is apparent throughout the beer. It pours a hazy (normal for style due to heavy wheat and short grain to glass) light pink color somewhere in between peach wine and rose, but with a huge fluffy blush head. The head hangs around for a bit, but doesn’t last long, which is normal due to the acidity of the style. It has a very fruity nose, similar to that of a raspberry lime rickey but with some extra tropical/citrus notes of passion fruit and lemon. There is not much behind this with only faint doughy malt and no hops at all (normal for style). The flavor is similar being very fruity and bubbly, almost to the point of a hard seltzer though not quite as effervescent and the fruit flavor is truer (i.e. not artificial). It is very fruit forward, with notes of citrus (lemon, lime), berry (raspberry) and tropical (passionfruit, guava), with a moderate tangy sour finish that leaves a light puckering on the tongue to go along with the tingly bubbles. It also has a light body that keeps it nice and refreshing, great for the summer heat much like a cold glass of lemonade.

I generally hate lime (so much so I can’t do galaxy hops), but I actually found this quite enjoyable. The lime builds as you drink it, but the lemon from the lactic acid and fruit (I get more raspberry than passion fruit), keeps it in check. It is very easy drinking and the fruit blends well with the style, which isn’t surprising as the base Berliner weisse is traditionally served with fruit syrup, although I highly doubt passion fruit and lime are a common serving with it in Germany.