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Thursday
Jun122014

7 CENT BREWERY WET WILLIE WET HOP HARVEST ALE

7 Cent Wet Willie Wet Hop Harvest Ale. Three engineers, a dream and burnt couches. Taking their hobby to the next level three mates decided to build a microbrewery.

After a long day constructing the brewery, and fair to say many beers, they decided to throw some old couches on a bonfire. In the morning they inspected their handy work from the night before. Amongst the ash and burnt springs were one and two cent pieces that had been lost down the back of the couches for years. The grand total was seven cents, a clear omen on what the brewery should be called.

According to their website a “wet willie” is “the joyful act of lubricating up your finger with a liberal amount of saliva and jamming it into an unsuspecting victim’s ear.” However, I think the reference is more about the use of wet hops. This involves picking hops from the bine (yes bine, not vine) and throwing them into the brew in less than 24 hours.

Cascade and Chinook hops were sourced from their own hop plantation in Timboon. On the malt bill are Pale Malt, Rye, Medium Crystal & Special B. It’s 7.2% ABV and approximately 80 IBU.

Red amber colour, creamy head with large hop oil bubbles. Nice citrus and tobacco aroma. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Strong, smooth citrus and tobacco flavour. Slightly resinous, the hop flavours linger and there is a lasting bitter finish. It's like an ESB with some citrus flavour. It reminds me of Hargreaves Hill’s ESB. 

 

8/10

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