Name: Beat the Heat
Brewer: Madbul Cerveza Artesana (Philippines)
Style: Blonde Ale
Review Year: 2021
Beat the Heat is the neighborhood favorite Blonde Ale of Madbul Cerveza Artesana from Meycauayan, Bulacan. Head brewer Eric de Jesus recently won the silver medal (commercial category- American IPA) in the first Beer Competition of the Craft Beer Association of the Philippines (CBAP) last April.
This beer is being evaluated as a Blonde Ale (18A) in the context of the 2015 Beer Style Guidelines of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). The most current version of the guidelines can be found on the BJCP website.
Pale gold with good clarity; medium white head with good retention. A moderately low malt aroma with bready and caramel accents was noted. Revisiting, low citrus zesty, and spice-like characters became more explicit. Medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Pleasant and moderate flavors akin to honey and wheat were noted up front coupled with low bready, piney, and zesty lemon accents. Perceived bitterness was a notch below medium; semi-dry finish (low residual sweetness). The aftertaste lingered briefly with impressions of lemon zest, wheat, and honey.
Madbul’s Beat the Heat is an excellent interpretation of the style and is an approachable malt-forward beer perfect for the summer. The malt sweetness, citrus zest, and wheat quality have made this beer very pleasant and refreshing, while the spice-like character was appropriately subtle.
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