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Judge's Review: 95 Rating - Mirror Universe by Fair State Brewing Cooperative

August, 2019
Judges Rating: 
95
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Mirror Universe by Fair State Brewing Cooperative was judged as a BJCP 2015 21B Specialty IPA (New England IPA). Pours with a big poofy beige head of tiny bubbles that is persistent, hanging around at two fingers for several minutes. A very inviting nose with lots of tropical fruit - guava, papaya, kiwi, some honeydew melon, a bit of orange peel and just a hint of freshly baked bread. The beer is very cloudy yellowish and medium gold. Tasting the beer follows the aroma with a whole boatload of tropical character - the same guava and papaya, a bit more bread dough to hold up all the hops, a slight honey sweetness, there's moderate citrusy tangerine notes too - a whole fruit bowl in a beer! Big flavor and aroma hops, medium low hop bittering, and there's a hint of oatmeal. A moderate body with a fairly dry very fruity lingering finish - and just a hint of lime at the end. Overall, a well-done example of the style and very enjoyable! Pair this with Chinese honey chicken and rice chips.

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