|Highest Rated||Mangofeber (75 / 100)
||Average score||67 / 100 (Solid)|
|Lowest Rated||Pink Pony (60 / 100)
60 / 100
Pours a pale gold, mild haze. Head is white and generous, nice foamy crown with tendrils of thick lacing adorning the glass. Looks good.
Smells pineapplesque. Tart and zesty with some piquancy to it, aided by the wildness of the fermentation. Little sweet fruitiness, mostly tart. Slight acetic character which is duff but otherwise quite mild.
Taste is fairly sweet and pineapply upfront; develops some tartness which is not bad but then a more earthy and yeasty character late which is really not ideal. Just gets dry as well as a little cloying, taking on some of that pineapple character without it turning very fresh. It finishes fairly clean though, so it's just a passing Berliner bready note which I often find just because it's light bodied with yeast forward flavours. Not a great deal of character and its just a little unbalanced in the middle, but it's a decent mild sour.
Mouthfeel has a bit of sizzle on the middle but the body is otherwise fine. Light.
I've had better Berliners and better use of fruit, but I think the construction largely makes sense and as a result it goes down easier than it might have.
75 / 100
Bottle given to me by Jez at Christime. Tried on New Years Evetime in front of the 9PM fireworks (on TV, I'm a sad old man).
A lot of chunky sediment in the bottom of the glass; decanted it a bit, but some inevitably slipped through the cracks. Head is white, decent and foamy and leaves some nice lacing. Those chunks are off-putting, but looks like a good beer overall.
Smells fruity and pleasant. Distinct mango notes with some miscellaneous tropical characters around the edges. Some earthy rye spice behind it as well, giving a slight soil aroma, with some tepid vanilla character as well. Smells decent; a bit sweet and not sure it's balanced.
Tastes fairly good too. Starts off tangy upfront that develops some nice complexities towards the mid. Mango, peach, juicy tropical characters with a big fruit flesh kind of flavour. Slight booziness towards the end, and not a lot of bitterness but it's decently balanced where the rye spice comes through late, and the hops finish clean so the finish is intriguingly crisp, with a slight piquancy that's quite pleasant. That's really rather pleasant.
Mouthfeel is quite nice, too; it feels thin but without being so. Genuinely don't feel the 8%, it's cleaned up but also thinned out so it doesn't feel boozey or marshy.
Drinks surprisingly well; the chunks, the slightly monotonous fruit on the nose, put me offside at first but there's an intriguing spicy character blending with the big juicy fruit and it's a good combo. Enjoying this more and more as I go through it.