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Judge's Review: 92 Rating - With A Little Help From My Friends by Monday Night Brewing

October, 2020
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

With A Little Help From My Friends by Monday Night Brewing pours a medium gold color with opaque clarity. A spongy bone white head quickly falls and leaves a thin ring and layer of tiny white bubbles around the glass. The aroma consists of a  medium-high malt aroma of honey and slightly grainy notes are present. This is quickly replaced by a medium hop aroma of tangerine, low dank notes, light general tropical notes and low strawberry. As the beer warms, the alcohol strength is apparent and is medium-low in intensity. 

In the flavor, a medium-high malt sweetness with low honey malt flavor and low cereal-like graininess hits the drinker immediately on the sip.  Medium hop bitterness almost balances out the malt, though the malt sweetness wins the battle and manifests in the aftertaste. The hop flavors of this beer, noted in the aroma, become extremely subdued due to the intensity of the bitterness and malt, though a slight grassy note lingers in the aftertaste. The flavor of ethyl alcohol is present but low and pleasant. This beer has a medium-full body with low carbonation, which leads to a slightly creamy aspect. No astringency is noted and there is a medium-low warmth in this beer. 

Overall, this beer is definitely a sipper, with high malt and almost as high hop character. The malt character versus hop character seemed to favor a Triple IPA that had been aged for a year (or two at the most); a touch more hop character would have been more in-line with the architecture of a fresh example of the style. As cold weather approaches, hop heads and hop lovers would do themselves right grabbing a snifter of this beer by a bonfire with good friends.