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Schlafly Hop Trial: Vic Secret

Schlafly Hop Trial: Vic Secret
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
A continuation of our single hop series, brewed with the Australian hop Vic Secret.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5784) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Golden pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma is sweet malt, cat pee, and citrus. Flavor is sweet malt start with a good bitter finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. nicely balanced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Draft at schlafly during RBSG. From notes. Loads of tropical and floral notes. Medium bitter. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (5978) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Draft during RBSG 2014 at Schlafly Bottleworks. Hazy yellow with off-white head. Aromas of citrus and floral notes. Tastes of tropical fruit, floral notes, citrus, caramel. Medium body with a dry finish. Juicy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5858) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Well not all Schlafly hop trials will "wow" me. Not a big fan of this one, but I guess that’s what the trial is all about. Pours pale cloudy golden with a white head. The aroma has pale malt, dry bread, herbal / funky hops that are fairly mellow. It has a light crisp body with mild semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with crackers, white bread, spice, herbs and some grass. The finish has grass and a bit of sulfur. However, there seems to be a bit of dirt-like notes throughout everything. Decent, but not as good as others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14930) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Draft RBSG brunch. Pours cloudy yellow white head. Nose/taste of citrus, hoppy grapefruit, pine and caramel malt. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (11345) - Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Draft. Golden pour, some drynes si there, grapefruit flavors thorugght, some herbs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (12728) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
Draft - Lots of fresh squeezed grapefruit and pale malts. Clear gold with a thin white head. Big grapefruit and a huge bitterness that ends nice ends nice and clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2014
At the Bottleworks during RBSG. Golden with some straw hue. A white ring. A fruity, grass, cat aroma. Tart bitterness that is a littlevodd. Oily feel. Tropical fruit. Just a bit medicinal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2014
On tap at Bottleworks. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a thin to medium head and aromas of peaches and papayas. First sip got a "Wow!" Oddest cantaloupe flavor ever. Cool and different hop. I love it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
seymour (1895) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Tasted on tap at the Bottleworks in a nonic pint glass. Twice now, I must like it. It pours a mostly clear golden colour with thin but persistent white foam and lots of sticky lace. Aroma is nice but subdued: flowery, faintly resiny, herbal. The bitterness and flavour were bigger though: mysteriously weedy, strong vegetal notes in a good way, lemon rind, dandelion roots, tomato plant, a little rough around the edges but definitely different and pretty cool. Vic Secret is pitched as a Galaxy cousin and possible replacement. I don’t think so, breeding aside the brewing traits are not much like Galaxy at all in my opinion, but it is tasty in its own way. Getcha some.

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