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Judge's Review: 92 Rating - Papagayo by Denizens Brewing Co.

October, 2020
Judges Rating: 
92
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Papagayo by Denizens Brewing Co. was judged under category 28C Wild Specialty Beer in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

Aromatic fruity notes assail the nostrils upon initial pour, which is dominated by pineapple notes and supplemented by passion fruit. The barnyard aroma of Brettanomyces is clearly present and adds complexity to the bouquet.

A hazy pale yellow ale with an abundance of tiny bubbles is accompanied by an aggressive white head, which fell immediately off.

A citrusy pineapple-like flavor marries with the wild yeast, wet hay nature of the Brettanomyces strain used here to create a unique tang. Due to the high attenuation of wild yeast, malt is accorded only a secondary position and barely noticeable. The aforementioned attenuation produced a thin-bodied slightly acidic beer with a touch of alcoholic warming.

Overall a crisp, dry rendition of the style that balances its fruity nature well with its Brett character without the overly lactic sourness often experienced with other renditions of its kind.

 

 

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