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Judge's Review: 89 Rating - Impressionist by Southbound Brewing Co.

October, 2018
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
5 / 6
34 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Impressionist by Southbound Brewing Co. is a dry-hopped American Sour Ale and is being evaluated as an American Wild Ale in the Wild Specialty Category (2015 BJCP Category 28C).

The aroma is a marriage of clean lactic sourness and citrus laden hops that display notes of both lemon and lime zest. The citrus hop profile plays well off the lemon tang from the lactic acid. Any perception of malt is difficult with all that is present but there is a light bread character that emerges as the beer warms. 

This beer is a hazy blonde that is visually reminiscent of Lemon-Lime Gatorade. There is a tightly packed moderately sized white head that dissipates slowly but leaves ample lacing on the glass.

The flavor does not pack the punch that the aroma does. It is fairly easy drinking with restrained acidity, low hop bitterness, moderate floral and citrus hop flavor, and a semi-dry finish. Because of the big hop aroma, this beer leaves you wanting a little more from the hop flavor and perhaps even the bitterness. The finish has a lingering lemon flavor from both the lactic and hop profiles. 

The mouthfeel boasts a medium-light body with moderate carbonation. There is a light hop derived astringency that is noticeable but not off-putting. 

This beer is a very good kettle sour with a simple lactic profile that showcases the way New World hops can mingle with a clean lemon-like sourness. The aroma is the star of the show, and while it renders the flavor a bit of a letdown, the lack of hop flavor and bitterness result in wonderful drinkability.