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Judge's Review: 89 Rating - The Bluprint by Birds Fly South Ale Project

June, 2020
Judges Rating: 
24 / 24
6 / 6
34 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

The Bluprint by Birds Fly South Ale Project is an extremely dank rendition of the BJCP 21A American IPA style. There is an indication that guava is being used to a certain level in this recipe, however as it might be at background level, it will not be evaluated as a Cat. 29A Fruit Beer. While there is a good balance for the hop and base malt character for the style, the hop flavor characteristics are not particularly harmonious, which is a bit off-putting. 

Big, dank, sulfury Mosaic hop aromas along with a blend of citrus hop notes greet you upon the pour. This hop complexity pretty much dominates all aspects of the aroma, with just a touch of fruity ester behind it. This is a very attractive brew. The beer is a clear dark golden color with a nice, small, white-bubbled, lacy head presentation with very good retention. 

The flavor has moderate dank hop character and bitterness, but, as mentioned before, the balance of the hop flavors is a bit off. You can taste the individual hops, but for some reason they do not come together to deliver a flavor balance. The malt backbone is solid with the base malt delivering a level of interesting complexity. The body is light/medium, and the carbonation is moderate. Unfortunately, the finish is a bit sweet due to the malt flavor and is a touch flabby. The overall fermentation character is quite clean.

Overall, The Bluprint is a nice example of the American IPA style, but it is uneven, and the hops need to come together a bit better to deliver a complete package.