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Judges' Review: 95 Rating - Rhymes With Purple by Bhramari Brewing Co.

October, 2020
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Rhymes With Purple by Bhramari Brewing Co. is a delicious and refreshing take on a fruited Berliner Weisse. While the strength of the beer takes it above the expected range for the style, the berry character of the presentation complements the character of the base beer very well.  This beer is being evaluated as a Category 29A Fruit Beer with a Category 23A European Sour/Berliner Weisse base style as per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

A rather nondescript jammy berry aroma is up front, with a lactic aroma as expected from a Berliner Weisse coming through in the background. The beer is quite clear and has a rich deep garnet color with a pinkish-red moderately sized head that lingers well into the pour. Very attractive!!

The flavor has a slight tartness with a big hit of berries, with raspberry and black current leading the charge. The tartness and the sweetness from the berry flavor are in a complementary balance, cutting any overly sweet character from being delivered by the berries. The flavor is maintained through the middle and finish, with an overall clean and moderately dry middle. One of the best parts of the drink is the aftertaste, with the berry and clack currant flavors. The body is quite thin, but perhaps slightly high for the style if we are looking at a Berliner Weisse.

Overall, this is a very well balanced, refreshing and thirst-quenching summer quaffer.