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Schlafly Hop Trial: Junga Pale Ale

Schlafly Hop Trial: Junga Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Schlafly Junga Pale Ale is a hop trial beer that is brewed with 100% Polish Junga hops and 100% American 2-row malted barley. This trial beer is a single malt and single hop beer. The Polish hop, Junga, is a hop varietal cross between Northern Brewer and Marynka. This dual purpose hops is 12% Alpha Acid and aroma consists of earthy, spicy, and fruity notes.


2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
gregwilsonstl (1104) - Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Clear gold but with lacing. Smells like dirt. Earthy. Ok its like a light body ipa. Somewhat fruity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1456) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2012 Tasted on tap at the Bottleworks in a nonic pint glass. It poured a mostly clear golden color with moderate off-white head and a little lace. This single malt, single hops series reminds me of the Mikeller concept. Except, instead of IPAs, this is along the lines of Schlaflys flagships Pale Ale and Pi Common, which can be so balanced as to mute the hops. I spoke with two of the brewers, and we all agree we look forward to learning more about Junga hops in an upcoming hops-forward recipe. Nonetheless, this was a nice beer, more akin to a classic English IPA: malty sweet, faintly bready, nutty, biscuity, caramelly, with even fainter fruity ale yeast esters. Despite being so low in the mix, Im pretty sure I picked-up some of the minty, earthy, licorice-y, cedar-y hops notes of Northern Brewer and Marynka from which Junga is descended. Good stuff, I went back for a growler fill.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1857) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2012
October 29, 2012 on tap at bottle works. Clear yellow pour with big head that faded quickly and nice lacing. Sweet, malty and fruity aroma and taste. Finish had some spice and mild bitterness. Thin to medium bodied and light carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Pours clear yellow with a white head. The aroma has spicy / grassy hops notes with some pale malt and bread. Medium / light slick body with a small amount of fairly soft carbonation. The flavor starts with a refreshing spicy / grassy / herbal hop character then some pretty sweet maltiness comes into the mix. There is a bit of pepper as well. The finish is pretty spicy and some more alcohol than Id expect for a 6.5% beer. Interesting beer - I like the hop presence from Junga, but the maltiness gives more sweetness than Id like.


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