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Funky Gold Simcoe

May, 2016
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
5 / 6
39 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

This very hazy, golden-colored brew has a small head of white-colored bubbles that dissipates rather quickly, which is expected for the style. Brett dominates the fermentation character of the aroma, delivering a complex woody, corky, leathery and earthy funkiness alongside a lemony tartness, with the dank mango and citrus notes from the Simcoe dry-hopping blending in well with the fermentation notes. The aroma delivers a moderate level of dank hop character with a touch of citrus -- melony and light malt characters play a supporting role.

The flavor is dominated by sour fruity notes, including pear, pineapple and unripe peach notes. Little base malt backbone is evident, which is fine for this style. The fresh character of these fruit flavors is quite impressive, delivering an appealing crisp dryness that prepares the palate quite well for the next sip.

This is a very well-crafted example of the Brett Beer style. The Brett character is the star of the show here with little else to complicate matters, but the dry-hopped aroma brings just a bit more to the table and works quite well with the overall character of the brew.