This sunny straw coloured beer is the next instalment in Art Brew’s journey through single hopped beer.
I’ve had beer hopped solely with Simcoe before and came to the conclusion that used alone it’s one of my least favourite hops, I found it a little one dimensional, and here it’s only rescued by Art Brew’s brewing.
You see, under the grassy and lightly perfumed, hazelnut and lychee dry bitterness, there’s a lovely soft orchard fruit and caramel shortcake that is immensely drinkable.
Mind you, now that I’ve read that back and taken another swig I think I might be changing my mind about Simcoe.
It’s not a sharp citrus bitterness, more a sapling wood, conifer and mown lawn pithiness, and it’s actually making a welcome change from all that in-your-face-new-world-grapefruit-attack I more often than not find in beer at the moment.
Source: Duncan Murray Wines