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Judge’s Review: 93 Rating – Big Softy by Monday Night Brewing

January, 2019
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
4 / 6
39 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Big Softy by Monday Night Brewing is being evaluated as American Pale Ale (Category 18B) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer poured very hazy with a near New England IPA style resemblance. A thick frothy white head framed the glass well.

High citrus notes of oranges, lemon peel, and tropical fruit of pineapple and passion fruit on the aroma initially. Light wheat malt character with some graininess in the end. The hop notes overpower the low grainy malt aromas. The low fruity esters perceived were hard to find, with the main aroma focus coming from the hops.

The flavor had an overwhelming amount of hop character upfront, the grainy malt flavor was there in support of the fruity hops. Notes of pineapple, passion fruit and a little blueberry jam rounds it out. The fermentation is clean with little esters, this beer is certainly balanced toward the hops. A moderate level of hop bitterness keeps this beer in check with the style, and the short dry finish completes it.

The medium-light body is pleasant, while the moderately high carbonation brightens the hop character so that it sizzles on the palate. No astringency, creaminess, nor harsh alcohols were detected.

An exceptional beer that is easily drinkable and very flavorful. The hop freshness with citrus and tropical fruit character adds to its delight. An APA with enough character to be a fan favorite, and lower in alcohol to have a few at your next party gathering. Cheers!