Well, the holidays unfortunately took me away from the beer blog. As usual, I left everything until the last minute and I cooked all of Christmas dinner. I didn’t even finish wrapping until 10:00 on Christmas morning. And, because apparently my life isn’t interesting enough lately, I caught someone breaking into my neighbor’s house and chased after him. The cops flooded my normally boring cul-de-sac and I had to ride in the back of a police car to identify him. And, by the way, the back of police cars are incredibly small..and I’m only 5’2″. But, that’s pretty much how I roll. So, onto tonight’s selection…
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to wikipedia, “[The Willamette hop was a] Popular American development in 1976 of the English Fuggle. Named for the Willamette Valley, an important hop-growing area. It has a character similar to Fuggle, but is more fruity and has some floral notes. Used in British and American ales. A recent taste-test comparison between Ahtanum and Willamette has described some similarity between the varieties.”
Random: I’m so happy that Drew Brees broke Marino’s record last night. I really have a soft spot for him.
This brew poured with a huge, cream-colored head that took forever to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a hazy amber color with lots of active, visible carbonation. The nose was definitely interesting. There was some hops, a bit of citrus, grass and a little bit of spice. The taste was a little less complex and subtle than the nose. There was a bit of mild hops, coupled with grass. The spice that was apparent in the nose really didn’t make an appearance. There was also a generous dose of malt on it. This was definitely not what I was expecting. The body was on the thinner side with hearty carbonation and finished quite quickly. Honestly, I bought this beer because I was brewing a beer that used it as the primary hop. This just didn’t floor me, but I would say that it was because I tend to like an aggressively hoppy IPA, which isn’t really what this hop seems to be about. I wouldn’t have this one again.
Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0