2008 was the year of the dreaded hop shortage. Hop prices went through the roof but most brewers were happy just to obtain a sufficient supply. We were down to our last supplies of a few varieties from this most notorious hop harvest crop and our idea was to concoct a final hop taste of 2008.
08 Hop Harvest Ale is a malty brown ale with a brisk hop punch. We combine four American hop varieties from the 2008 harvest to achieve this punch: Perle, Glacier, Vanguard, Sterling. Generous additions of Caramel and Chocolate malt round out the flavor imparting toasted and roasted notes.
KyotoLefty (9404) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Q-Brick. Deep amber with a low head. Flavors of grasses and caramel, chocolate. Nice balance between the sweet, tasty malts and the grassy hops. Sweet yet balanced. Good.
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