Prison City Se­ward’s Folly

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Hoppy Blonde Ale -

LOC: Auburn, New York ABV: 5.6% | IBUS: N/A | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“Blonde ale dry hopped with Mo­saic. Dry, clean, toasted malt back­bone and a cit­rusy fin­ish.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Burst­ing with fruity hops fla­vor. Take your pick: mango, guava, tan­ger­ine, lemon, pas­sion fruit, grape­fruit are all there. So is a slight catty, dank, and piney hops note. Malt is hard to dis­cern at first sniff.” Fla­vor: “Just like on the aroma, hops fla­vors dom­i­nate and are punched up by the light malt sweet­ness. Bit­ter­ness is sur­pris­ingly re­strained for the in­tense hops fla­vors. Still, there’s a sweet malt back­bone.” Over­all: “Loads of trop­i­cal fruit and a smooth fin­ish, like a good ses­sion IPA lack­ing as­trin­gency. The in­ten­sity of the hops char­ac­ter pushes the line be­tween ‘blonde’ and ‘ses­sion IPA,’ but if you set def­i­ni­tions aside and ap­proach it as a very light, hoppy beer, it does not dis­ap­point.”

AROMA: 12 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 18 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 9

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