Review: Brouwerij West Picnic Lightning | Craft Beer & Brewing
Brouwerij West Picnic Lightning
95 out of 100

Style: New England-Style IPA

ABV: 6.8

95/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 20
Mouthfeel: 4

Brouwerij West Picnic Lightning

What the brewers say

“IPA with Mecca-grade barley, raw wheat, Centennial, Simcoe, and Citra hops.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Restrained, but lots of citrus: grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangerine...maybe even a touch of pineapple. Some grassy and herbal notes in the background. Grocery store frozen tropical fruit blend with a hint of strawberries and mint.”

Flavor: “Lemon, lemongrass, grapefruit, bready. Moderate sweetness, moderate-to-high firm bitterness that balances the body nicely. Body and mouthfeel are spot on, with an underlying sweetness that offsets most of the finishing bitterness. Relatively high carb, which makes it pop on the palate.”

Overall: “Big citrus character with lemon in the forefront plus a bit of lime and grapefruit. The balance is nice with a firm bitterness that lends a dry finish. A hint of sweetness on the finish, with a lingering chewy mix of bitterness and fruity hops notes. Easy-drinking with nice complexity for the style.”

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