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Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery

Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Mango Cum Laude

Category: Fruit Beer

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 3.9%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Mango Cum Laude

Category: Fruit Beer

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 3.9%
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Fruity, floral aromas of raspberry jam, mango, pressed ginger juice, and apricot with a soft, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, atypical, medium-length pineapple, mango, grapefruit pith, and peach finish. A light introduction to fruited beers with a soft aromas and an easy to drink flavor.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Smooth & Mild
Aroma Aroma: raspberry jam, mango, pressed ginger juice, and apricot
Taste Flavor: pineapple, mango, grapefruit pith, and peach
Bitterness Bitterness: None
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Chevre, Goat Cheese, Mascarpone
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A light introduction to fruited beers with a soft aromas and an easy to drink flavor.

The Producer

Top of the Hill Rest. & Brewery

The Producer
100 E. Franklin
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
USA
1 919-929-8676

Fruit Beer

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Serve in a Shaker Pint Glass
Fruit beers are ales or lagers to which fruit has been added in order to impart flavor or color. The degree of overall flavor and aroma will vary in these beers in relation to not only the fruit utilized, but also to when and where fruit was added during the brewing process. These beers are highly individualistic, and allow brewers great creativity in their formulations. While the more common fruits used by brewers include cherries, strawberries and blueberries, many examples of fruit beer are readily available including coconut and kiwi to name a couple. Given the variation possible in this category, there are no established standards for appearance, aroma or flavor. Instead, beers in this category are defined by pleasing combination of the beer’s elements, overall drinkability and balance of fruit and base beer flavors and aromas. Noteworthy examples of this style include: New Glarus Belgian Red Wisconsin Cherry Beer, Samuel Smiths Organic Apricot Ale, Unibroue Quelque Chose and Stevens Point Whole Hog Raspberry Saison.