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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Each time we make this ale we pick a different single variety of hops and use them exclusively in the brew. The malt bill stays fairly consistent from batch to batch so as to allow the distinctive hop flavors to come through. Here are just a few of the hops used in the past: Simcoe, Vanguard, Sterling, YCR-004, Amarillo, Azzaca, Idaho 7 (NJ7), Satus, Santium, Tomahawk, and Columbus. Available on draft seasonally.O.G.: 1.060;50 BU’S.

Editor: Please make note of the hop variety when ordering and rate under the correct variant rather than this generic entry if possible

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3.6
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 26, 2009
On tap at brewery. Nice crisp citrus taste well balanced with a semi dry finish. Quite good.

3.9
nickd717 (4780) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Sterling Hop 2 It on draft at Russian River Brewing. Golden color with a white head. Floral hop aroma. Very well-balanced flavor with citrusy hops and sweet caramel malt. Great for a single hop beer, medium with hop oils on the palate.

3.6
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Draught at the brewpub, sterling version, 5.8%, 42 IBU. Gold with a white head. Aromas of doughy malt, and light spicy and mango/tropical fruit hops. Medium-sweet, bready malt flavor with a spicy, resiny hop flavor and bitterness. Nice hop flavor, but not high on the hop intensity. Interesting, but gets pretty overshadowed by the other hoppy beers in the stable.

3.4
marcus (10479) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 18, 2009
On tap at the brewery. This blonde ale poured with a thin off-white head and a floral aroma. There is a smooth caramel malt flavor and sigificant bitterness produced by the tasty Sterling hops. It’s both light and bitter.

3.7
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
On tap @ the brewpub. Been looking forward to this for a while--Sterling hops have intrigued me since I had Valley Brew’s Pils, and they used Sterling here as well. Clear pale orange amber with a creamy one finger eggshell head, fading to a clinging thick ring and thick film. Big fresh floral nose with some earthy bitterness and a pale malt background. Flavor has a fair amount more earthy bitterness than I’d expected, and the flowers are toned back a little in the flavor. Bitterness peaked around a 4 when it did eventually finish, which was dry. Medium body with low prickly carbonation, yet still came across as smooth. Nice tattered lacing. For being a single hop beer, I like it. If nothing else, it’s a nice education tool for what the hell a Sterling hop is. The chalkboard lists this batch @ 5.80% ABV.

3.7
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Clean and extremely floral nose with a hint of biscuity malt. Orange blosson and citrus nose leading to a very clean and peonounced hop bitterness that leads to a wonderfully oily resinous mouthfeel. Nice hop finish with an extremely dry followthru.

3.7
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2005
(F.O. in Santa Monica) Orange-gold with some head. Citrusy hops aroma. Nice citrus hops flavor, not over the top (but more than an English IPA).

4
davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - APR 4, 2005
Had this on tap at Najas place. Wow, this beer was really good, I enjoyed it very much, it was a smooth citrusy flavor, some spices in there as well. I actually ordered this beer twice cause I enjoyed it so much.

3.5
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Father’s Office, Santa Monica
Clear orangey amber hue, good head formation. Fruity aroma, grapefruit an dpineapple. Light malt on the palate, spicy, grapefruit bitterness and mild pineapple juice. Mildly biscuity in the aftertaste.

3.3
jazz88 (2683) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Tap @ Catos in Oakland. A godlen color with a white head. I initially tried this after taking in a sip of Pliny the Younger and thought this was water. After a little time and cleaning the palate, the hops came through. Not a strong PA but easy to drink and enjoyable. A little thin with a dry grainy malt finish on the palate.


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