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Whiter Shade of Pale

Judges Rating: 
95
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

A slight haze gives this beer a classic dry-hopped look. The low white head had good retention with small bubbles that laced the glass. The aroma is surprisingly spicy with a pleasant hop character. The flavor solves the riddles of the spice, which is similar to light coriander and orange citrus to complement the grapefruit notes also in the aroma. The yeast signature tastes like a less intrusive Belgian strain. The malt has a slight chalky wheat flavor to it that works for the beer but is not typical for an IPA. The bitterness is medium firm without being harsh for a semi-dry finish. Even if the taste profile was unusual, this was a complex and enjoyable beer.