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Mystery Ship by Southbound Brewing Co.

April, 2017
Judges Rating: 
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Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Mystery Ship is a red ale brewed with Brettanomyces yeast (Brett) and dry-hopped. As such, by definition it has both distinctive sour and “funky,” and intensely hoppy, aromas and flavors. It poured brownish-red and hazy into the glass, sporting a thick tan-white head with good retention. The aroma featured both of its title components in ample portions: citrusy hop notes and complex acetic sourness with mild barnyard notes. The flavor profile included these signature elements and, to a lesser degree and later in the taste, alcohol and malt (whose sweetness was overwhelmed by the Brett sour funk). Palate sensations mirrored the flavor: alcohol warmth, astringency from both Brett (puckery, vinegary) and hops (dry finish). This complex brew had many strong elements that were balanced and blended harmoniously together for high drinkability and a memorable drinking experience.