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Judge's Review: 94 Rating - Pockets of Sunlight by Jackie O's Brewery

July, 2019
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
4 / 6
38 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Pockets of Sunlight by Jackie O's Brewery was reviewed as BJCP Style 25B, Saison. Prying off the cap releases an inviting aroma where honey, coriander and lemon verbena blend nicely with the mixed fermentation aromas, light biscuit and faint hops. It fills the glass hazy gold under a creamy white cap with fair retention. A choir of flavors sing in harmony with the added flavors of honey, coriander and lemon verbena in sync with the beer’s yeast, malt and hop character. The acidity is firm but enjoyable. The beer finishes dry with a spicy, mildly bitter moderately sour aftertaste. The body is medium light, the alcohol moderate and the carbonation slightly above average. The beer has a lot going on but it has just the right amount of everything making for an elegant, refreshing drink. If you are looking for a special beer to savor while watching the evening sunlight glisten off a lake and dabble through the leaves, this is it.