Cask; Special (One Hop series) - February 2005. German Hallertau hop variety.
Each beer features a single variety of hop from around the world. Every beer in the series undergoes five separate additions of the particular hop into the brew kettle. Whole hops are then added to the “hopback”, in which the hot brew passes on its way to the fermenter. All the beers will have the same degree of hoppy bitterness, and drinkers are able to compare the aroma, flavour, and pleasing aftertaste of each of the varieties. Instead of using specialty malts that might mask the flavour of the hop, only Maris Otter pale malt is used. Maris Otter is the finest strain of malt available. With only pale malt used, there is little to come between the hop lover and the hop.
chriso (7416) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m not always convinced that German hop varieties work too well in a British ale context; they often seem a bit too soft and short of bitterness to succeed. However, I thought this one worked pretty well. The aroma, as is to be expected from Hallertau, was all grass and hay. Maybe a touch clammy. Herbaceous again on the palate, but crisp enough to avoid flabbiness (a common complaint of mine with German hopped summer ales) and sufficiently fresh for the to be a virtue rather than an annoyance. I’d have still preferred a bit more grip, but you can’t have everything. Cask (gravity dispense), London Drinker Beer Festival, March 2005.
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