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Suzy B

July, 2016

Suzy B

Judges Rating: 
86
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
33 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This American Blonde Ale pours a deep gold color with bright clarity and a foamy white head, which is sustained throughout sampling. A moderate malt profile of grainy Two-Row, wheat, and sweet honey notes intertwine with low floral and grapefruit aromas from the hops and low fruity esters. The malt profile has a lovely, but rustic, grainy profile in front of a low-to-moderate malt sweetness, which is quickly balanced out by a low-to-moderate hop bitterness. The hop and ester flavors aren’t as apparent as in the aroma, and the finish begins sweet but dries out fairly quickly -- leaving pleasant, lingering notes of grain and general bitterness. With a medium-light body and restrained carbonation, there is a nice creaminess to this beer. I found this beer drinkable but a little to rustic-tasting for my liking. The flavor profile was a little heavy for the style, but I find the lingering graininess adds an interesting complexity to a typically “clean” style. I would recommend pairing this with spicy foods to help cut through the heat and clean the palate.

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