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Judge's Review: 91 Rating - Holy Roller by Urban South Brewery

December, 2018

Holy Roller

Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Holy Roller by Urban South Brewery is a New England IPA that is being judged as a 21B Specialty IPA-NEIPA. I'm basing my standards on the BA guidelines Juicy/Hazy IPA category. Aromatically, this is a big fruity and hop forward beer! Great tropical fruit, guava, grapefruit, light malt, along with a notable apricot ester. Very fresh and bright with no grassy notes. It's well hazy and pale gold with a frothy off-white head. Upon tasting, the bitterness stands out. Not quite harsh but a bit sharp. Big and fruity hops lead the way and very clean. Fresh beer here with a supportive malt backbone. Hop character is just very fresh and appetizing, distinctly fruity and lacking some of the petrol and grass notes that can be common in these beers. My only beef is the slight harshness in the finish with the bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy with good carbonation. No astringency. Overall, this is a great showcase of hops that may have a bit of a water issue lending some sharpness that is a bit out of style here. With that said, really great showcase of hops!