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Judge's Review: 90 Rating - Fresh Powder by The Virginia Beer Co.

February, 2018
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
4 / 6
37 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This beer smells like sitting outside on a warm sunny spring day eating a cup of citrus, tropical fruit and melon with a fresh baguette nearby and aromas of finished compost and fresh cut grass far in the background. It’s a hazy, murky pour looking very much like a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice blanketed by 1” of ecru-colored foam with a very fine bead. Citrus and melon flavors dominate, and a light dose of sweetness gives the malt a rich pie crust flavor that balances and highlights the hop flavors and the medium-high citrus pith bitterness. Moderate high alcohol flavors add to the balance. This very creamy, slightly pulpy, medium full-bodied beer is a very soothing drink.