Review: Cerebral Brewing Rare Trait | Craft Beer & Brewing
Cerebral Brewing Rare Trait
94 out of 100

Style: New England-Style IPA

ABV: 6.4

94/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

Cerebral Brewing Rare Trait

What the brewers say

“A showcase of the finest flavor and aroma hops we could get our hands on, featuring powerful notes of tangerine, mango, and candied peach with restrained bitterness.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Grapefruit, tangerine, herbal and very slight bready malt. Straight up guava, pineapple, lime peel. A hint of alcohol, but this is an easy crusher on the beach.”

Flavor: “Strongly lemon and grapefruit. The alcohol is fairly present for being a single IPA, but it transitions to a smooth welcomed bitterness that embraces you like an old friend. Drys out very nicely, and the lingering bitterness fades rapidly. Medium bitterness helps accentuate the perceived citrus acidity.”

Overall: “There’s a nice blend of citrus with a bit of tropical in the backround. The beer is fairly well balanced with a firm bitterness that isn’t harsh or overpowering. Haze and color are spot on, and the mouthfeel isn’t too thick from an over-addition of wheat or oats. It’s missing the lush fruit ‘wallop’ on the nose, but it’s still a great beer.”

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