The fifth in a series of IPA’s featuring a single hop variety for bitterness, flavor and aroma. Each version is brewed with the same malt recipe, alcohol content and total bitterness, therefore showcasing the diversity in the hop itself. Sterling is a spicy, herbal, Saaz-style hop grown and developed in the U. S. in the last 15 years.
vyvvy (4661) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Four Hands Lupulin Carnival 2012 - Pours amber with a small off-white head. The aroma has fairly sweet caramel malt, spicy hops and light fruitiness. Medium rich body with very soft carbonation. The flavor starts with the sweet malt from the aroma then gentle spiciness from the hops with a bit of a mint quality. The hops give it a clean bright taste offsetting the murkiness of the malt. Quite enjoyable.
Brigadier (3240) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub
The bar was set high by the maple stout but this raised it even higher. A fine example of a single hop IPA I was tempted to ordered the next, which had just gone on tap. At 6.5% ABV it might be borderline sessionable but regardless of how many you drink should be memorable.
Aroma / Appearance - Coppery and semi-transparent with a wispy white head, the hops drove home a very strong message. There was not as much citrus as dried grass and the smell of warm summer nights. Even the nose was enough to set a great mood.
Flavor / Palate - Musty books, solid wood shelving, and damp earth rinse clean the palate. Hanging gently on the back of the throat the finish isn’t intense at all. In fact it strikes a good balance between fading too soon and hanging around like the last person at a dying party. I hope more breweries continue to get back to their roots with beers like this.
jandd1983 (3160) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It poured a hazy golden color with a small white head. The aroma was of mild fruitiness and some hopiness. It was refreshing and a pleasant taste of fruit and hops with a dry finish. A very good IPA.
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