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Upland Harvest Ale

November, 2016
Judges Rating: 
91
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

The hop aroma is bright and clear, loaded with mango and juicy citrus. The malt aroma is lightly toasty and crisp. I did detect a faint amount of DMS in the aroma. Visually the beer is extremely appealing with a deep golden color, and a light haze which I suspect would be from dry hopping based on the bright hop aroma. The head was low and faded fairly fast. The flavor closely matches the aroma with bright mango and citrus flavor from the hops, a nice supporting toasty malt flavor, and fairly clean overall profile. This pale ale has a nice smooth refined bitterness that I personally prefer over the stiff bracing bitterness in some other hoppy styles. The beer is medium bodied and has a fair amount of carbonation. In the sea of over hopped beers competing for you attention this beer could easily get lost in all the hype and fruited hoppy beers. But honestly you'll be missing out on a solid gem of a beer. There is no special ingredient added to get your attention, no special malts, or gimmicky flavors. I find that refreshing. Just a solid well-made American pale ale.

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