ABV: 6.1 IBU: 22
Boulevard Brewing Company Boss Tom’s Golden Bock
What the brewers say
“Boss Tom’s Golden Bock is our seasonal offering for late spring. The smooth, soft maltiness of this traditional lager is complemented by a noticeable but restrained hops presence. The beer finishes with a lingering dryness and just a hint of caramel. The word ‘bock’ also means ‘billy goat,’ and images of goats are often used as a symbol of the style.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Spicy, somewhat resinous hops aroma. Malt is less assertive, like lightly toasted bread. A touch of oxidation detracts from the Pils malt character.”
Flavor: “Soft, slightly soapy, even thin malt. Light malt is the strongest component. Some oxidized notes. Medium, balanced hop bitterness with a kiss of hop flavor. Harsh bitterness in the finish and a bit of ethanol, too. Clean lager finish.”
Overall: “The hops bitterness dominates the flaccid malt character. The finish is astringent and harsh. This is mostly a mild delivery mechanism for alcohol, but watered down enough not to be dangerous. Easy-drinking and fairly refreshing, but one-dimensional.”
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