Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Beer # 158 Ontario Wet Hop Pale Ale

Ontario Wet Hop Pale Ale

Nickel Brook Brewing Company

Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Wet Hop Pale Ale 5.3 % ABV Brown Glass Bottle 750 ml.
$7.95 (Canadian) At the LCBO
Twitter: @NickelBrookBeer

Tonight's beer is a pale ale with a slight difference. Whereas hops are usually dried and milled into pellets prior to commercial use... the hops for this particular beer were delivered fresh from a local Ontario farm the day they were picked, and added straight into the beer. In fact both the hop and malt for this beer was grown in Ontario.

Onto the tasting...
Off gold colour with a greenish hue, with an off-white head small in stature that breaks quickly.. Fresh aromatic green hops on the nose some pine some resin. First sip is very green. Light and refreshing. Very clean, light malt backed up by very fresh tasting hops. A little watery, and light for its 5.3 % ABV. Aeration gives us fresh herbs and salad greens.

Impressions: Fail, So-so, Pass, Exceptional 

Cost: 5/6 PASS
Colour: 5/6 PASS
Beer Style: 4/6 PASS
Re-Order:  4/6 PASS
Experience:  4/6 PASS

Final Thoughts:

I found this beer to beer a little too light on flavour. I know the goal of it is to accentuate the freshness of the hops and the light airy greeness, however I just wanted a bit more backbone in it. A touch more malt or something. Otherwise a very delightful beer. Definitely worth trying out while there are still a few bottle left around.



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