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Judge's Review: 90 Rating - Chillax by Bootstrap Brewing

June, 2018


Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Chillax Pineapple Gold Ale by Bootstrap Brewing is a Blonde Ale brewed with pineapple and is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer with a Blonde Ale base-style (categories 29A and 18A (respectively) from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Fruit beers should complement the base style well without overwhelming the base. Chillax is brewed with real pineapple and measures up at 4.5% abv and 10 IBU.

This beer pours straw in color with excellent clarity and a medium, finely beaded white head. The aroma is moderately light pineapple with a hint of sweetness; no hops or malt are evident.  The flavor is moderately light pineapple with a touch of malt and finishes with a hint of bitterness and a light, lingering pineapple. 

The pineapple character is very authentic and is evenly balanced with the base style. The base beer is fairly bland though, even for a Blonde Ale.  But, it is well brewed and should be enjoyed by many looking for a well-done fruit beer without anything too forward.