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Judge's Review: 89 Rating - Rascal by North Peak Brewing Co.

May, 2018

Rascal

Judges Rating: 
89
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
36 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

North Peak Brewing Company’s Rascal Cherry Porter was judged as a BJCP category 29A Fruit Beer. This beer starts with an inviting chocolate, roasted coffee-like aroma that has hints of cherry and a slight funkiness that is accented by an earthy hop aroma. The alcohol in this 6.5% abv porter becomes more apparent as the sample warms up. The color is pretty deep brown with a reddish hue and it is slightly hazy. The head is a creamy light beige that clings all around the rim of the glass. Roasted coffee, burnt toffee and some underlying fruitiness are the first impressions when tasted. This is followed by a very earthy hop flavor and a moderate hop bitterness that fights a bit with the dark grain flavors, yet works well to mask the alcohol in the flavor. This sample was not overly cherry-forward in flavor, and the roast is what lingers on the tongue as it finishes medium-dry. There is a moderate astringency that leads to a grainy consistency on the tongue. It is a moderately carbonated, medium-bodied beer. Overall it is a tasty porter with a very subtle fruitiness. It is more roast forward than many porters and this couples well with the dry finish.

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