Yakima Valley - Arbor Ales
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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
United Kingdom (England)
3.8/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2012. Picked up a little while ago from Trembling Madness in York. The label mentions that this was brewed using a range of hop varieties from the Yakima Valley in Washington; apparently 'bucketloads' were added. Sounds promising!
Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A hazy, translucent golden-amber hue with plentiful carbonation. Produces an immense head of creamy white foam with excellent stability - it resembles a meringue. This slowly subsides to a thick surface layer, leaving frothy lacing in it's wake. Aroma of intensely fruity hops with notes of lemon, melon, white grapes, grapefruit, tropical fruits and citrus. Undertones of subtle caramel malt with a seam of earthy yeast running through it. A whiff of warming, solventy booze in the background.
Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a spicy bitter finish. Notes of lemon, white grapes, melon, grapefruit, citrus and mild tropical fruits. Has a slightly 'plant-like' quality. Faint malt in the background, accompanied by hints of earthy yeast esters. A dry and comparitively restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth with nice body and a spicy, tingly character. Could feel a tad more carbonated. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity, spicy aromatic hops and yeast.
Wow - tons of aromatic hop flavour in this brew. Very nice; it looks almost perfect and smells delicious. The flavour is biased towards fruity aroma, with less emphasis on bitterness. Couldn't help but feel that a cleaner, more strident bitter finish would have improved it. The mouthfeel also felt a little flat, despite high carbonation visible in the body of the beer. Nonetheless, an impressive and tasty effort - well worth sampling if you have the chance.
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2012 22:59:20 | More by jazzyjeff13
More User Reviews:
3.89/5 rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows floral and fruity hops in abundance. Orange blossom, lychee, pear and nectarine with some sweet clean malt underneath.
Aggressive flavours, more focussed on grapefruit and pine with a very clean malt profile. An assertive bitterness rolls through the finish.
Nice moderately high carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2014 11:15:17 | More by CrazyDavros
Yakima Valley from Arbor Ales
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