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Arbor Brewing Bollywood Blonde - Arbor Brewing Company

Arbor Brewing Bollywood Blonde
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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.37%


Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: SportsandJorts on 02-26-2013)
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Reviews by Beric:
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Beric

Indiana

3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into footed pilsner
Served: 23 July 2013

Appearance: A hazy deep copper golden color with a two finger soapy white head that eventually dissipates to practically nothing- not even that comforting white ring of foam around the edges of the glass. The beer looks pretty good when the head is on there, but the absence of any bubbles at all makes it seem thin.

Smell: Smells like tart citrus (lemon, lemongrass) with some spicy funk. Pretty clean nose, but I'm not sure if that spicy funk is supposed to be smellable or not.

Taste: Here that funk really comes out- there is some nice interplay between it and the faint citrusy tastes, combined with somewhat of the esters one would get from a wheat ale (banana). There was a pervasive aluminum taste to this one which was really offputting at first, but I got used to it. The taste is complex and has depth, but it could be developed more- I would like to see the metallic taste absent from the flavor profile, and the citrus-spiciness to play off one another with a little more gusto.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was initially pretty sharp, but this was quite quickly lost, so that the bottom third of the glass was pretty watery. The yeast definitely helps the overall mouthfeel, but I would have preferred a slightly less edgy carbonation, and one that wasn't explosively carbonated initially and then quickly lost its punch.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer- it certainly has character and depth of flavor compared to other lighter colored beers. I would, however, probably pass on this one in favor of a wheat ale. I like the funk associated with Belgian yeast sometimes, but in this one, it didn't seem to play the right role.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 03:13:06 | More by Beric
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