The Farnham White Bine Hop had all but disappeared until Hogsback revived it, growing it in their own hop garden.
It’s quite nice too, warm and peppery, gently bitter with hazel leaves, a hint of aniseed and some pithy dry hedgerow greenery.
The beer pours a pale gold and smells of honey and straw and orchard flowers, and along with the mown lawns of the hops there’s a sticky caramel, shortcake and honey malt and a little lightly fruity yeast in the background.
My only complaint would be that the flavours disappear a little too quickly.
I’d like to try a beer using this hop that has a larger boozy punch, just to push the flavours home a little more.
All in all though, easy drinking and enjoyable.