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Real Ale Brewers’ Cut Signature Hop Pale Ale - Herkules



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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
This is only the rating for Brewer’s Cut Series 001. For Brewer’s Cut Series 015, rate the Signature Hop Series - Ultra.

We brewed our first Signature Hop Pale Ale to showcase the power and magnitude of the aptly named German hop varietal - Herkules. With a mighty alpha-acid content (upwards of 17%), matched only by its commanding aroma, this hop is formidably equipped for both bittering and packing a robust citrus punch. 12.5°

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PigMine (42) - San Angelo, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2014 Mine is from a 12 oz. bottle with the date printed right on the label; great sign! Signature Edition No. 15. Hop varietal is Ultra, not Herkules. Pours cloudy, golden-orange. This has a generous amount of particulates in it, likely hop residuals. It pours a nice, creamy head that sits on top for some time. The lacing is amazing after a couple of them due to the sticky hop resin. The smell is not enormous, however the hops do come through generously. For a pale ale it is more like an IPA in aroma. It is a rather one-dimensional hoppy aroma, but one can’t complain about that! It drinks very well. There is a bitter bite on the front and back end, the balance of malt is not there in the middle so don’t expect a heavy, balanced brew. This is not a sweet beer at all. This finishes dry, and with a nice citrus bitterness. The water Real Ale uses tastes like typical Texas Hill Country hard water, which I’ve found helps the dry, clean, refreshing, crisp, easy to swallow characteristics of Real Ale brews. The minerals in the water seem to come alive with the Ultra hop varietal. I think it is rated far below its true value, as it has all of the characteristics of a very good hopped up pale ale like Oskar’s Pale. This is a great brew, and any hop-head who likes IPAs will appreciate this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlihcsnatas (624) - Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle conditioned just like a brew should be. Poured up a deep gold, but need to pour slow to avoid sediment. Yep I poured one of them in my glass a bit too quick and the sediment was swimming in it. Really nice white head that holds. Aroma of strong hops, almost like an IPA. Flavor is loaded with a somewhat spicy very citris hops. The Herkules hops are good and with the amount of hop flavor and aroma I was a bit suprised to find it only had an ABV of 5.1%. Was expecting it to be more since the hops are so strong figured more malt would have been needed to keep the bitterness in check. Guess that goes to show the strength of the Herkules hop.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
horto008 (182) - Alabama, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Excellent. Had a spiciness that really stuck with it. Complex with some cinnamon and clove overtone that is missing from many pale ales. Bitter enough that one could think it an IPA, but really just an excellent pale. On draft at the Hoppy Monk in El Paso.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SPDickerman (1191) - Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Pours clear golden orange with a medium white head. Smells of subtle citrus and pine. Taste decently bitter with a subtle citrus kick. Medium-bodied with a slick texture and average mouth-carbonation, Real Ale Brewer’s Cut Signature Hop Pale Ale finishes with a tingly bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Good looking brew, tannish orange and mostly clear with rising bubbles and a great 1.5 finger white fluffy head and good lacing. Aroma is great! Crisp and spicy hops are very up front. Pepper and citrus, some earthy malts, and a little fruit. Flavor is also quite good. Very hoppy for a pale ale, this could easily be an IPA from all the hops flavor, but it’s not quite as bitter. Earthiness and peppery spices again make a showing, along with some citrus and a little biscuit malt. Body is pretty rich and full for a typical pale ale, yet drinkability is maintained. An earthy hop bitterness finishes it off. Overall this is a very likeable beer and I’m glad I took the chance and bought a whole sixer of it. I will now have to try more beers from this brewery!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Brewer’s Cut bottle. Cloudy light yellow. Aroma is hoppy, light citrus, malt. Flavors follow through. Taste is bitter, w/ a touch of sweet. Hop Pale Ale is a good description, as it’s not quite an IPA but far more flavorful than a pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours a decent cheddar orange with a nose of Texas wind: grapefruit rind with dusty Hill Country rock fruit notes. Flavor is grapefruit peach with a touch of biscuit syrup. Nice mouthfeel. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Wow, impressive. It pours a light golden color, very clear and thin in appearance, with a somewhat airy, bright white head and patchy lacing. The aroma is fresh, wet, and strong of spicy, green citrus hops. The lightness of malts and low amount of residual sweetness allows for the hops to really come through. It’s like HD for beer: you taste every crevice of the hops that would have otherwise been clouded over by the malts. Very nice. In the mouth it feels much like it looks. There’s a faint, low-lovibond caramel sweetness that manages to surface. Otherwise, the flavor is dominated by the great flavor of Herkules hops. Earthy, fresh, and slightly citrusy, the variety a great match for the light caramel malt body and makes for a really great flavor palate. An herbal, citrusy hop bitterness carries through to the finish, fresh and clean and leaving you jonesing for the next sip. Overall, this is a very classy beer that’s delicately hooped with a massively acidic hop variety, and done so spot on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (10500) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2013
On tap at Flying Saucer. Pours a cloudy yellow with medium frothy white head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is floral pine and grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel with nice hop bite and citrus with lingering bitter finish. A very good APA from Real Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2013
On tap at square burger, mckinney. Pours a rich copper with a thin white head. The aromas are light citrus, bread. The mouthfeel is dry, bitter and has a medium body with good carbonation. This is great for the style! Cheers!

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