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Judge's Review: 88 Rating - Strawberry Rye by Crying Eagle Brewing Co.

February, 2020
Judges Rating: 
88
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
35 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Strawberry Rye by Crying Eagle Brewing Co. was judged as a Fruit Beer (29A) with strawberry. Strawberries are obvious in the aroma but not overly intense. A light rye malt character and a very subtle nutty aroma are also noticeable, though the fruit is the dominating characteristic. Hops do not come through in any detail. The color is copper with a touch of haziness and a nice head that is fine and light tan. The flavor is mildly acidic, possibly from the strawberry, and natural strawberry fruit flavor comes through very cleanly. There is a slight pithy quality, probably from the strawberry as well. The malt is balanced well -- lending some sweetness and body to the beer. There is a slightly acrid/bitter quality in the finish that is not from hop bitterness, perhaps also a result of the fruit addition. Hop bitterness is subtle, but well balanced such that it does not overpower the floral strawberry quality. The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish, as noted above, is a bit astringent and has a lingering sharpness. This beer presents a good strawberry character without being overly fruity, and the fruit balances nicely overall with the malt and hop profiles. If you have an affinity for fruit beers, I would not hesitate to recommend giving this one a try as it is well-made and enjoyable.

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