Hop Nouveau From The Wood - Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Hop Nouveau is SGB's harvest ale that is brewed using fresh/wet hops that are grown on premise. This from the wood version is a firkin that was filled and aged briefly in the wooden cask. From the bar top, served in a pub glass via gravity. The brew appears a hazed amber with a creamy finger of off-white cap. Stringy fingers of lace stick to the glassware.
The smell is fruity and floral with hops but with a solid maltiness that comes across like caramel to toffee. Quite sweet smelling with a hint of perfume-like alcohol ester that blends in with the hop quality nicely. My only gripe is that this fresh hop ale pales in comparison to SGB's normal APA and IPA and is quite lacking in hop character with a greater focus on the grain.
The taste is almost sticky sweet with a solid focus on malt. Flavors of toffee and caramel grain blend into almost a hint of vanilla or candy-like sweetness. Hints of fruity to floral hops mingle with an alcohol ester as it warms up. There is nothing bad about the way this tastes, the focus is just not as focused on those we hops like you might expect.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of light, creamy smooth carbonation. It is a very nice ale but for a harvest ale, unfortunately the focus is not so much on the fresh hops but instead on the malt backing. It is for the most part clean and without fault, I just wish you could get more of that fresh local hop character as the main focus and not the maltiness.
Serving type: cask
09-29-2012 16:22:31 | More by stakem
Hop Nouveau From The Wood from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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