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Judge's Review: 93 Rating - Over the Ivy by Confluence Brewing Co.

October, 2020
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Over the Ivy by Confluence Brewing Co. is a Czech Pils and is being evaluated as a Czech Premium Pale Lager (category 3B in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Czech Premium Pale Lagers are golden-colored lagers noted for their rich malt flavors (typically bready in character) and an assertive yet balanced spicy hop character.

Over the Ivy pours golden in color, is crystal clear, and sports a medium, fluffy white head. The aroma is of balanced, moderate spicy hops over a moderately light bready and crackery malt. The flavor is of moderate spicy hops and bready malt that finishes with a moderate bitterness and a lingering spicy hop note. 

Over the Ivy is a very well-brewed Czech Pils that will leave you reminiscing about your summer trip to Prague. The hop character has a very clean noble hop character and the malt is just rich enough to provide a good balance. Seek this beer out for an authentic Czech Pils that is even fresher than what you will find from the motherland. Na Zdravi!