Now on tap is the latest in our series of single-hop Double Pale Ales. This batch was hopped exclusively using Sorachi Ace hops, a relatively new Japanese variety, initially bred by Sapporo. The Sorachi Ace is known for contributing an intense, but pleasant, lemon flavor and aroma. We also added 50lbs. of locally-sourced honey to the boil to provide some residual sweetness. This is an excellent example of the recent trend in Double IPAs showcasing the fruity & juicy flavors modern hop varietals.
Malt: 85% Pale 2-row, 10% Vienna, 5% maled white wheat
Hops: Sorachi Ace, added at 10 different times from start to finish
50lbs of honey added to 105 minute boil
Fermented 7 days with McCoy’s house ale yeast
SG 23.6 Plato
theisti (3237) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Several samples at the 2011 KC Strong Ale Festival. Pour is a clearish golden orange, with a hint of an off-white head. Aroma is perfume and floral hops, along with a decent amount of cereal grain malt. Fresh nose. Taste is dominated by the big perfume floral hops, balanced decently with the cereal grain, and finishing with a bit of cloying sweetness. Palate is medium bodied, low level of carbonation (almost flat), after taste is a touch hot and dry. I continue to be impressed with McCoy’s - this was not completely my type of beer, but it was well executed.
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