ClubGonzo’s Your Friendly Neighbor APA

Your Friendly Neigbor APA by ClubGonzo, American Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV, 39.8 IBU.

Your Friendly Neighbor, Batch no. 53.

Your Friendly Neighbor, Batch no. 53.

Looking good!

Looking good!

The aroma of Your Friendly Neigbor is as expected: it’s of course very hop-driven. I get fairly strong and refreshing notes of citrus, lots of grapefruit and lemon. Other tropical fruity notes are much fainter. There is also a malty caramel background, and the overall impression is that this is a dry and crisp beer.

In the glass it looks clear and it has a good-looking, medium amber colour with an average-sized, long-lived, off-white head that laces the glass well.

Quite strong flavour of citrus and unidentifiable tropical fruits. The malt is more pronounced than in the aroma. Despite the citric notes I must admit that I find this brew a bit dull and uninspired. I assume that this one is reasonably fresh, so I’d hoped for a bit more contribution from the hops, both in the aroma and the flavour. The taste on the other hand is spot on (at least if you like your APAs on the sweet side): initial light to moderate sweet taste and a moderate bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is pleasant. Light to mid-bodied, rather dry texture and moderate carbonation.

Conclusion: An ok APA. Nothing more, nothing less. 

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    10/20
Ratebeer score: 3.0/5.0

One comment on “ClubGonzo’s Your Friendly Neighbor APA

  1. I pretty much agree on this one – a course brewed beer is necessarily formed to fit educational purposes rather than my own, at least the concentration factor when brewing is slightly diminished.

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