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Shakedown Street

August, 2016
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
5 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color with a finely bubbled white head arising from moderate carbonation that lingers for an appropriate time. The brew has a moderately tart lemony character with earthiness and a metal-like carbonic acid zip in the nose. Considering that this is a dry-hopped brew, I would have expected more hop notes in the nose. The flavor of this brew highlights a complex marriage of mildly tart funkiness, light berry and fruitiness as well as a light piney hop flavor finished off with a touch of hop bitterness that blends well with the overall earthy fermentation notes. There are multiple layers of spiciness, citrus and berry character that come through in the middle and finish, leaving a lingering memory. The body is medium-light, and the finish is quite dry, as expected for the style.

Shakedown Street is definitely another successfully refreshing, summertime thirst quencher by Southbound Brewing. While the dry-hopping is not that apparent, this is forgiven due to the overall delightful character of the complete package.