At our May meeting, RIFTers cracked open the results of our single hop pale ale experiment (round 3). All the beers came out great, with a definite difference among all the varieties. Here are some tasting notes from club members.
Big thanks for Mark L. and Matt J. for taking excellent notes, especially as those later samples really started to run together. Vote in the poll below on your favorite variety.
|Ahtanum||peppery, peanut, lemon jolly rancher, earthy/musty, plum, floral||mild bitterness, mild overall|
|Amarillo||orange, good skunk, plastic||good bitterness|
|Calypso||strawberry, watermelon, cantelope, peach, wet dog||blueberry, strawberry|
|Citra||grapefruit, lime, papaya, catty, pine||lime, citrus|
|Comet||balsam fir, piney, bubble gum, herbal initial scent||very mild, nondescript|
|Falconer’s Flight||citrus, clean, malty, alcohol||citrus, piney, clean|
|Green Bullet||green apple, grass||grassy, weedy, soft bitterness|
|HBC 342||watermelon, strawberry||very mild|
|Mosaic||pineapple, passion fruit, cantelope, papaya, kiwi||similar to aromas|
|Nelson Sauvin||white grape, unique, tangerine|
|Pacific Gem||peanuts, burnt sugar, sweet fruit, apple, dark berries||harsh bitterness|
|Sybilla||wet dog, grapes, soapy, flowery, waxy, malty, cabbage||mild bitterness, sweet lager flavor|
|Junga||prunes, fiberglass, acetone, clean malt, waxy||sex wax (thanks Tom!)|
|Zythos||berry, bubble gum, strawberry, fruity, light spice||mild bitterness, clean, strawberry grapefruit|