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Judge's Review: 93 Rating - Jammy Pale by pFriem Family Brewers

August, 2020
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Judge's Review: 93 Rating - Jammy Pale by pFriem Family Brewers was evaluated as BJCP2015 18B American Pale Ale. Pours a slight hazy yellowish deep straw with a medium-large white head of tiny, small and medium bubbles that break down but leave Belgian lace and a small persistent head. The aroma is big fruity with raspberry and blackberry, a hint of strawberry, and moderate tropical mango, papaya and passion fruit, with moderate tangerine and with medium grapefruit zest. There is also a little bready malt backbone behind all those hops. The flavor also highlights the fruity, tropical and citrus hop character - it's moderately grassy (probably dry hopped), with moderate raspberry, blackberry, mango, medium overripe peach, a hint of lemon, and medium grapefruit juice. Again, the flavor has understated bready malt that does its job by staying out of the way and showcasing the hops. This really is a New England Pale Ale (although BJCP doesn't specifically recognize the distinction) with relatively low bitterness and huge tropical/citrus hops. Body is medium light, a crisp and dry finish with lingering grassy and mango/peach notes. As the beer warms, the peach and the fresh-mowed grass notes come out more. Very nicely balanced with just enough malt to let the hops shine. Pair this with a Thai soup with lemongrass or peach cobbler or go complete contrast with tomato-based barbecue sauce and pulled pork.