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Brewers' Cut Signature Hop Pale Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

Brewers' Cut Signature Hop Pale Ale
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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 9.51%


Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HardTarget on 10-25-2012)
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GMB

Japan

2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 23:08:50 | More by GMB
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S: Herbal hops with a bready malt. Get some onions in the aroma. Like onion rings. Hmph.

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Brewers' Cut Signature Hop Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
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