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La Quinta Poolside Blonde

April, 2017
Judges Rating: 
80
Aroma: 
18 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
33 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Poolside Blonde was evaluated as a Pale American Ale (BJCP 2015 Style 18A, Blonde Ale).  Pours a beautiful brilliant yellowish gold with a medium head of small and medium size bubbles that fades fairly quickly. The initial aroma is of light honey, somewhat grainy, very light bready character, medium light earthy hops with a smidge of black pepper, and hints of minerals and river rocks. Grainy malt and crackers start off the taste with earthy notes, minerality, and just a touch of garlic. The beer is more balanced to the bitter side - a bit high for the supporting malt. Medium low body and moderate carbonation brings the flavors on through. There is a somewhat coarse character to the beer, and slight sulfury notes - slight rough edges to it that might be from a traditional Pilsner type of malt, along with the slightly overbalanced bittering. This beer would go well with tacos and spicy guacamole.

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