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Fist City

September, 2015
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
6 / 6
32 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

This pale ale pours an exceptionally clear, light golden color with a pure, white head and lasting lacing. The nose is pretty balanced between malt and hops. There is a light grainy malt character with a hint of toast that accompanies some candied melon, grapefruit, and orange hops. Pale ales don’t have to be huge on hops, but this hop character unfortunately comes across a bit muddled in the flavor. There is candied melon and sweet tropical fruit with a hint of pine, but none of this character bursts forth and has to be deeply taken in to distinguish the characters. Up front this beer is just a sweet, fruity hop note that blends into the malt.