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Judge's Review: 95 Rating - American AF by Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.

August, 2020
Judges Rating: 
24 / 24
5 / 6
39 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

American AF by Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. was judged as an American Light Lager, BJCP Category 1A.

August is a wonderful time to be sampling American Light Lagers. Offering a combination of refreshment, quality and flavor, craft brewed versions of this style are a far cry from the fizzy yellow cans of 'lite' beer served at many a summer get-together (well, they were when it was safe to get together!). This excellent example--American AF--makes me wonder why craft light lagers aren't a larger phenomenon. Upon pouring it has a pleasantly sweet corn aroma with a touch of bready malt. There is a faint, generic "adjunct" aroma in the background that would be expected in any light lager. It pours with a low white head and is a clear, straw color. This beer has bready malt flavors and a tasty dose of corn. Hop flavors are low and herbal. It is lightly bitter and dry throughout. The medium-light body makes this beer crisp, but carbonation (medium) should be higher. Overall this is a really tasty beer.