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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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3.7
Gription79 (2893) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Had on draft at the brewery. I got notes of floral and fruity hops with a soft onion character. There was a sweet maltiness. Not bad.

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.

3.3
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.

3.5
ippopotamo36 (2496) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 3, 2016
On tap at Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, CA-USA. HBC683 version. Pours clear gold color, white foam leaving draft. Nose: yeast a bit, light garlic, grass. Mouth: mild soul, hops infusion in a neutral body. Tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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.

3.8
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Pours with a deep golden body topped by a thick, creamy head with a good amount of lacing. Wow, it’s hoppy as hell in both the aroma and flavor. Bitter piney notes prevail over slightly sweet grapefruit notes and a slight flowery note. The aroma is a little green with grainy notes. Medium to full bodied and slightly dry.

3.5
illidurit (2354) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Appley piney hops, mild, fruity and not very robust. Not sure which hop variety this edition was, but it would be better utilized in a blend.

2.9
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUL 28, 2009
On tap. Meh. It’s hard to get excited with this beer, even if it is RR. Give me their house IPA any day. The aroma has a nice showing of citrus and a touch of iced tea. Flavor has some minor citrus character, a touch of bready malts with a lingering bitter finish. Great idea, just a so-so beer.

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).

3.8
ineedbeer (2231) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
100% Cascade Cross Aroma is mostly hops with a nice grapefruit citrus and light pine note. There is a malt backbone present though with some sweet bread and cracker notes. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a small white head that perseveres as a thin film on top and on the edges. Good lacing with small legs. Flavor is rather hop forward but it does have balanced cracker and bread character to balance the hops. The hop character is grapefruit and pineapple with some pine resin to balance out the fruit. The bitterness is fairly moderate which really allows the malt to shoe through in the finish in a bready way. Mouthfeel is medium to medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall a good beer and definitely not retired, but its not their best. The balance is nice, but the finish to this hop is a bit lacking and has a slightly odd grassy note.


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