Grand Union One Hop: Agate

Formerly brewed at Grand Union
Hayes, England
4.5% Bitter | 4 Ratings |
Cask; Special (One Hop series) - December 2004. Austraian Agate hop variety.
Each beer features a single variety of hop from around the world. Every beer in the series undergoes five separate additions of the particular hop into the brew kettle. Whole hops are then added to the “hopback”, in which the hot brew passes on its way to the fermenter. All the beers will have the same degree of hoppy bitterness, and drinkers are able to compare the aroma, flavour, and pleasing aftertaste of each of the varieties. Instead of using specialty malts that might mask the flavour of the hop, only Maris Otter pale malt is used. Maris Otter is the finest strain of malt available. With only pale malt used, there is little to come between the hop lover and the hop.
Pleasant strong hoppy nose, intense resin-like hoppy flavour with big bitterness. Brewed using experimental hops only grown on one farm in Australia.

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
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Hops
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