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Judge's Review: 91 Rating - Tropical Squeeze by Armadillo Ale Works

November, 2019
Judges Rating: 
91
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
4 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Tropical Squeeze by Armadillo Ale Works is a Fruited Sour Ale with mango, guava and passion fruit and is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (2015 BJCP Category 38C) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a sour and/or funky version of the base fruit, spice or herb beer.

An aromatic mango, guava, and passion fruit bouquet emerges from the glass with a fleshy fruit component. The beer pours mostly opaque bright orange with a medium, tight-bubbled and creamy off-white head, medium-short retention. The initial flavor is medium sweet mango, guava, and passion fruit, light acidity and a supporting doughy malt backbone and a sweet finish.

The fruity aroma later allows a light, doughy malt character, light sulfur and soft stone fruit esters. The flavor is balanced to the fruit with no hop character or bitterness. The fleshy fruit lingers into the finish. A medium-light body, light carbonation, light citric sourness and soft mineral notes.

This beer would pair nicely with a rich and creamy custard.

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