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Birthday Suit: 23rd Anniversary

July, 2016
Judges Rating: 
90
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
36 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

The beer pours an appropriately hazy deep amber with rose highlights, and a beautiful light pink head that persists. A prominent raspberry aroma jumps from the glass, and is balanced by a light earthiness, a moderate level of bready malt and a light, tart acidity. The raspberry character is a bit tamer in the flavor, but still makes its presence felt. The complementary sharp, clean lactic acidity falls in behind with light bready malt and a hint of earthy character. The acidity is not over the top, but does help to push the beer to a drier finish. A suggestion of hop bitterness emerges behind the sourness to round out the flavor. This is a refreshing, well-brewed sour ale that offers just the right balance of raspberries and sourness.

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