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Snake Bite

July, 2016
Judges Rating: 
92
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
4 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This brew starts off with aromas of apple taffy – slightly tart, salty, dried apple skins on a base of grape juice. Involuntarily, my mouth starts to slightly water while the aroma shows a clean yeast character with a hint of white apple blossoms. The beer is a brilliant, light gold color with minimal head retention. The dominant flavor is warm, white flour pita bread coated with an overindulgent amount of apple purée with slices of slightly dried, but still squishy, red apples thinly layered on top. Despite a heavy fruit juice character, the Shandy is refreshing rather than saccharine. This is an excellent Fruit Beer -- a complex and well-crafted blend of apple cider and lager.

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