Athletic Brewing Company – Free Wave

Athletic Brewing Company - Free Wave

Athletic Brewing Company – Free Wave

Hazy IPA (Non-Alcoholic)
Brewed in: Stratford, Connecticut
2015 BJCP Style: 21B – New England IPA
ABV: >0.5%
IBU: 55
Canned on: 12/15/20
Tasting on: 3/21/21
Glass: Snifter
Notes: The can says the style is “Double Hop IPA” but Athletic has since changed the listed style to Hazy IPA.

Aroma: Moderate-high grapefruit. Medium peach, mango, and tropical hop character. No noticeable malt. 8/12

Appearance: Gold to light amber. Hazy. Bright white head with fine to small bubbles and excellent retention. 3/3

Flavor: Moderate hop bitterness with medium grassy and citrus hop character. Low malt. Balance is completely toward bitterness. Clean fermentation. Hop bitterness lasts a bit into the aftertaste but fades quickly. A bit of pineapple character in the aftertaste. 15/20

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. No alcohol. 4/5

Overall Impression: Pleasant hop aroma and flavor. Clean bitterness throughout. The only hint that this is an N/A beer is the lack of a slight alcohol warmth and the relatively quick fade of flavor in the aftertaste. An excellent N/A beer. 8/10

Final Score: 38/50 B+

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