Brewers' Cut Signature Hop Pale Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company
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Reviews by GMB:
2.58/5 rDev -29.5%
The first offering in Real Ale's Brewers' Cut series, the Signature Hop Pale Ale features the Hercules hop. I love the idea: Produce beers that feature a single hop variety so that hop-heads like yours truly can appreciate the flavor that each variety offers.
This beer pours a hazy golden amber body with very little head. There is a lot of sediment in the glass, which looks like the residue left by hop pellets. I don't mind hop deposits in my beer. But where are the small flower petals that fresh, whole-cone hops leave behind? Have hop pellets been used here? Is this beer going to display this hop variety in the best light?
The nose suggests that Hercules is not an especially citral or floral variety. Aromas of earthy spices, dried grass, moist soil, and mild herbs are at the fore, but are all somewhat dull; is this because pellets were used to impart aroma and flavor too? Lurking somewhere in the background is the aroma of sweet, lightly toasted grain.
The flavor is earthier than the nose. Lightly toasted grain pairs nicely with the earthy hop flavors. Here too, flavors are dull and somewhat timid. The beer is less bitter than I assumed it would be (Hercules is generally used as a bittering hop).
The sediment doesn't interfere with the beer's feel in the mouth. The malt is sweet and substantial enough to sustain the most pleasing aspect of the beer's earthy flavor.
Real Ale is one of my favorite breweries, and the idea to produce a series of Signature Hop beers is a great one. The trick, I suppose, will be for Real Ale to select the most interesting and distinctive hop varieties and produce beers whose other flavoring elements (i.e, yeast and malt) highlight what makes the hop's flavor unique and delicious. To this end, it seems to me that using the freshest, most flavorful hop is a must. I'm not convinced that this has been done here. The brewers at Real Ale are onto something, but the first release leaves a lot of room for improvement.
10-29-2012 23:08:50 | More by GMB
More User Reviews:
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma has some wheat notes, as well as some grass, lemon and a bit of orange. The flavor is similar. There is a lot of wheat, caramel and biscuit malt notes, as well as some white pepper and orange peel. I get only a slight amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
12-13-2012 04:28:31 | More by Mora2000
3.93/5 rDev +7.4%
12 oz bottle pours a hazed gold color with a fluffy off-white head. Decent retention and leaves a nice sheet of lace.
Nose is zesty, herbal and floral hoppy goodness. The Herkules hop is an interesting varietal indeed. The base beer is crisp and grainy smelling with a little bit of earthy biscuit.
Taste is crisp and delightful with a zing of floral hop flavor...this hop is almost spicy. More hop flavor than hop bitterness and the malts stay light and neutral. This is one of the better 'showcase-hop' beers I have had and some nice lemongrass comes out as it warms. Mouthfeel is light and breezy, just an easy drinking APA. This is one of those beers I will be happy to pick up another sixer.
10-28-2012 21:07:09 | More by twiggamortis420
2.2/5 rDev -39.9%
Color- light gold.
Aroma- pineapple, pine cones, and new latex gloves.
Taste- Starts with a refreshing citrus then finishing with a dull dry bitterness as if the hops were stale. A disappointment from Real Ale in Blanco, Texas.
Tasted on 12/31/2012. Bottle had a "best by" date of 1/27/2013.
05-22-2014 21:14:45 | More by utfiero
3.48/5 rDev -4.9%
Bought a 6 pack at HEB in Round Rock for about 8 bucks.
Very odd look on this one. Yellow/orange hue, decent head and more than adequate lacing, but just a ton of sediment floating around in the pint glass. Looked a bit unappealing.
An odd scent as well...some sour funk, earthy hops, maybe a ripe apple too? Not bad, just not sure how to categorize.
Taste is similar to the smell. An almost sour, earthy hoppiness and some very biscuity malt. Getting a fairly heavy bit of lemon rind as well. This one is just hard to categorize. A very dry, slightly bitter mouthfeel makes you want to take another sip.
It almost seems like this beer is in the final stage...just not quite ready for prime time. I may be judging too harshly based on the amount of sediment.
Not one of my Real Ale favorites.
11-30-2012 02:38:57 | More by obrike
4.1/5 rDev +12%
Re-review with the old review left in place. The old one was when I had just gotten to this place and was new to the brewery. Now I'm a regular customer of theirs, RABC being not only great beer, but local, and frequently cheeper, tho every bit as good as any other craft brewery in America. Not changing any ratings, just refreshing the review.
Good looking brew, tannish orange and mostly clear with rising bubbles and a great 1.5 finger white fluffy head and good lacing.
Aroma is great! Crisp and spicy hops are very up front. Pepper and citrus, some earthy malts, and a little fruit.
Flavor is also quite good. Very hoppy for a pale ale, this could easily be an IPA from all the hops flavor, but it's not quite as bitter. Earthiness and peppery spices again make a showing, along with some citrus and a little biscuit malt.
Body is pretty rich and full for a pale ale, yet drinkability is maintained. An earthy hop bitterness finishes it off.
Overall this is a very likeable beer and I'm glad I took the chance and bought a whole sixer of it. I will now have to try more beers from this brewery!
07-08-2014 21:44:34 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Brewers' Cut Signature Hop Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
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