Sunday, February 13, 2011

Grow Hop Centennial (Phillips)

This is brilliant. A mixer pack with just hoppy beers; this will have hopheads everywhere rejoicing. It is also stellar marketing. To get the limited release hoppy beer you must buy the whole pack; it worked on me. I'm glad I did. The box contains two old favourites (Hop Circle and Skookum) with two new friends (Grow Hop Centennial and Krypton Rye).

Grow Hop Centennial (Phillips) 2011 =9/10

Ratebeer 3.9/5 (two reviews - Thanks CapFlu)
Beer Advocate A-

Individual hop beers are getting pretty popular; Grow Hop focuses on the Centennial. This hop variety is very Cascade-like: lots of floral, citrus and some pine. Boy does this beer deliver the citrus goodness. It is everywhere: the nose, upfront, backend and after very burp. There is a bit of floral and pine mixed in for good measure. The citrus invokes thoughts of pomelo and limes. Bready malts are barely noticeable and the astringency is present but not overpowering. You might call this one a bright hoppy brew.

Taste +4
Aftertaste +2
Alcohol Content +1 6%
Value +1
Appearance +1

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