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Judge's Review: 93 Rating - Fruity Bits by Weldwerks Brewing Co.

August, 2016
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
5 / 6
37 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Fruity Bits by Weldwerks Brewing Co. was judged as a Fruit Beer (base style American IPA), style 29A, according to the 2015 BJCP style guide. This “rotating IPA series is inspired by [their] popular New England-Style IPA” with “hop varietals known for their tropical fruit character” and added fruit. In this mango version, moderate citrusy fruit and hops greet the drinker with bright aromas of tangerines, apricots, and mangos. The flavor adds a pleasing citric acidity but the citrusy hop and fruit character become muddled, just generically citrusy. True to the New England-Style, this fruit IPA finishes with just a touch of bitterness with lingering citrusy hops and fruit. The fruit and hops are very complementary and complex in the aroma but they lose their distinctiveness in the flavor and the finish. Regardless, this is a fruit beer for all to enjoy, regardless if you are a fruit beer aficionado or a hop head.