It’s been a while since our last single hop experiment, so it’s time to fix that. Round three of the always tasty, always enlightening RIFT Single Hop Pale Ale extravaganza will get underway this spring, with tastings being done at the May meeting.
Anyone who wants to participate will make a simple American pale ale (recipe below), varying only the variety of hop used. This is a great way to really isolate the unique contributions to bitterness, flavor, and aroma that individual hop varieties can add to a beer. At our May meeting we will taste them all side by side and discuss the differences.
There’s no restriction on which variety you can choose, but perhaps this would be a good opportunity to try out a new or uncommon hop that you’ve had your eye on? If you’d like to participate, leave a comment on this post with your choice of hop.