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Monday
Jun092014

BRIDGE ROAD THE HARVEST FRESH HOP ALE 2014

The annual release of Bridge Road’s fresh hop ale is something of a spectacle. Each year one or more hop varieties, which are yet to be commercially released, are used in a brew. The hops are sourced from the research block at Hop Product Australia’s Rostrevor hop farm. This usually entails picking the entire crop and using it in a brew within 24 hours to make a wet hopped beer. This year there wasn’t enough of one variety so two were picked and brewed in separate batches with the intention of blending them down the track.

However, a small number of kegs have been released featuring one of the beers in unblended form. They did this because they were so impressed by characteristics one variety delivered. Apparently the characteristics are similar to the Japanese variety Sorachi Ace delivering mango, melon, apricot and even a yogurt like texture. The blended version will be available in bottles and kegs delivered later in the year. Like previous years it’s a moderate 4.4% ABV.

Pale yellow colour, slightly opaque with a white, creamy, hoppy head.  Sweet tropical fruit aroma. Thin to medium body and moderate carb. Strong peach, melon and bubblegum flavours. It almost tastes like it’s been brewed with a Weizen or Belgian yeast strain. It’s relatively bitter and has a clean finish. There flavours are very different to other Aussie fresh hop ales which usually involve tried and tested hop varieties like Galaxy and Ella.

You’ve got to give it to them, it’s definitely something different.

 

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