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Schlafly Hop Trial: Meridian Pale Ale

 


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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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A trial batch of our Pale Ale using the Meridian hop variety.

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2.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
gregwilsonstl (2196) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Clear dark gold. No head. Pretty sour lemon flavor. Grassy. Not very bitter. Very light body.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1924) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2015 Another cool Single Malt And Single Hop (SMASH) from Schlafly. On tap at the Bottleworks. It poured a golden amber color with moderate white foam, lasting with a little lace. I don’t think I’d had Meridian hops before, which have been described as “sweet lemon,” “mixed berry,” “tropical fruit,” and “cool mint.” I don’t know about all that, but I definitely picked up some unfamiliar citrus and tropical, melon-y notes. Nice mild malt backbone underneath, a tad nutty, biscuity, cracker-y. Faint ale yeast esters. Medium body and carbonation. Fruity for awhile, then a relatively crisp, dry finish. A pleasant and well-balanced hoppy pale ale.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5971) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours crystal clear light yellow with a white head. The aroma is quite hoppy with herbalness, fruit and spiciness. There is some offsetting sweetness from pale malt and it comes across very clean. It has a light body, but it is still a little sticky with a mild amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of spice and herbal notes. The malt is very crisp and bright like fresh blonde ale and has a bit of crackers. The finish gets spicy and has a touch of sulfur. Really solid beer.


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