Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Accelerated Transmission by Category 12

Hurrah for autumn. It means different things for different people: back to school, end of vacations or harvest time. For the beer geek the last item is the most important. Fresh hopped beers are a relatively new phenomenon in Victoria. Driftwoods Sartori first appeared in 2009 and Phillips Green Reaper in 2012. Now is not uncommon for a brewery to have a fresh hopped beer or cask this time of year. For the first time, there is even a Fresh Hopped Beer Festival in Victoria. Thanks Joe. Now back to the beer. These kids at Category 12 are doing everything right: experimental brewery only beers, soon to be barrel aging and now a fresh hopped beer. This one is in collaboration with Red Truck brewing. So how does it taste.

Accelerated Transmission = 7/10 

The trouble with some wet hopped beers is that they tend to have a grass like aroma or flavour. Especially if they are dry hopped. This transmission does not have this. The aroma is glorious with wet hop citrus, pine, lime, a tad of biscuit and only a trace of freshly cut grass. Bucking the trend of fresh hopped IPA, this brew has a medium to full mouthfeel and not overly bitter. Each juicy gulp follows the aroma with straightforward fresh hops and clean biscuit malts. It does linger very long. Unlike other fresh hopped beers, you can drink this one right away. Well done.

Taste +4
Aftertaste +1
Alcohol Content 0 5%
Value +1
Appearance +1

Glassware: IPA glass or nonic

Food Pairings: Definitely something with aged cheddar or woodsy. Try this with a gently grilled cheese sandwich with aged cheddar or Maclaren's Imperial sharp.

Cellar: nope must be fresh

2 comments:

TheNiceroad said...

What do you mean by: "unlike other wet hop beers, you can drink this one right away"? In my book, hoppy bears have more aromas when they're fresh.

Ian Lloyd said...

Good point, I love hoppy beers. If it is possible to say this, a beer can be too hoppy. They can lack balance with the malt and make them hard to enjoy. One of the local fresh hopped beers was almost too much. The hop flavours were over powering, overly astringent and a tad grassy Will not say which one, but check the Untappd reports. I concurred, when first bottled it was a little much. Even after a week or two the hoppy flavours mellowed a bit and was more enjoyable. Still more than ample fresh hopped goodness. At least I thought anyways.
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