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||Average score||74 / 100 (Very Good)|
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74 / 100
375ml can, part of Carwyn Cellar's 2019 Canvent Calendar, which I'm only just getting around to finishing up. 24 beers in 24 days is apparently too much for me.
Pours a pleasantly clear deep golden, almost bronze at the depths, with a frothy, loose-bubbled head that leaves long sudsy streaks. Carbonation is quite minimal, but you know it's there. Body is fairly slick, lighter than the 7%ABV might suggest, but that suits it. Looks good.
Nose is really very pleasant. It's sharper, more citric and punchier than I expect for a beer made (apparently) solely with Mosaic, but there's a softness to it as well, which give more vanilla notes than the broad tropical aromas I associate with the style. As it warms, some of those settle out though, with characters of pineapple, subtle mango and a slight woodiness coming through.
Taste is clean and bright: very well made, and perfectly crisp on the back. It has hop aromatics through the centre, giving the suggestion of sweetness without too much actual sweetness, but a robust, if not aggressive, bitterness on the finish. The back has slight characters of apricot and almond if you go looking for them. Very clean throughout, with a refreshing quality that makes you forget the 7% until the very end of the can when you realised two standard drinks have been consumed in a small amount of time.
Very drinkable, very enjoyable, and extremely well made. It's a testament to the good fruity things you can do without dry-hopping to within an inch of its life and leaving all the chalky hop residue in the can.