Friday, 5 December 2014

Advent Calendar Day 4 - Adnams Wild Hop

As I've mentioned before, Adnams are one of my favourite British breweries. They may be fairly traditional with Southwold Bitter and Broadside, but head brewer Fergus proves that he can use lashings of hops and brew new world style beers time and time again.

To be honest though, i rarely buy their bottled or canned beers (other than Ghost Ship) because here in Norwich I'm guaranteed to find their beers on cask and keg everywhere.

They did, however, contact me a couple of weeks ago asking if I wanted to try their two new beers to write about and here's the first one...

Brewery: Adnams
Beer: Wild Hop
ABV: 4.8%
Style: Amber Beer
Country: England
Where I drank it: At home

Wild Hop Amber Beer is a very awesome idea. What Adnams did was put feelers out into the internet to essentially crowd source wild hops, as well as ones that people had been growing in their gardens. Due to this, it's rather interesting as the hops used are basically unspecified - they could be any variety and mixture of British hops.

Look: Pours a dark amber with a fizzy white head that disappears quickly.

Aroma: On the nose you get grassiness, and citrus bitterness with a bit of toasted brown bread in the malt.

Flavour: Light bready grains, a bit floral, lashings of citrus, candied orange peel, a peppery spiciness and a long, lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and prickly, but gets smoother as it goes down.

Overall: It's an interestingly delicious beer - due to the different types of hops used, you get so many different qualities. I'd highly recommend buying a bottle or two, especially if you're a hop freak.

You can buy it in all Adnams Cellar & Kitchen shops by the bottle, or online by the case. It's also available on cask in select pubs: http://cellarandkitchen.adnams.co.uk/catalog/product/bottles/adnams-wild-hop-amber-beer-12-x-330-ml-bottles-48-abv

Cheers,

Nate

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