Brewers' Cut Signature Hop Pale Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company
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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
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
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
3.55/5 rDev -3%
1616th Review on BA
Bottle to City Beer Store tulip
Best by 01.01.13
Thanks to Shoky01 for this
App- A very clear and bright orange color with a really great amount of translucency. The head on the top was a good 2 fingers and feel to a very nice amount of lace and cling. The lines fell as you took each sip. Very nice looking beer.
Smell- Well I was all excited about this new hop, but it was just kinda there for me. Was looking more for the big tropical citrus burst but instead get more rind with some peach juice and a bit of what I would call some pine needles mixed with dry crackers.
Taste- I was suprised again at this one from the flavor stand point. It had a lot of fruit behind it, but seemed to be like a small unmixed lemonade flavor when you had too much water without enough mix. Zesty, pine and some deep citrus. Just didnt all flow, but was still pretty good.
Mouth- It was fairly light bodied and transitioned into a semi light carbonation level. A bit weak on both aspects. The residual light lemonade and grainy feel was okay. Wouldve prefered more of a punch from it.
Drink- It was good, just didnt blow me away. Fairly solid with a new hop. Good extra.
11-16-2012 22:07:28 | More by FosterJM
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
3.7/5 rDev +1.1%
Appearance: While it holds a solid white head that lasts and laces, the beer is full of flakes of particulate matter I'm hoping are hops.
Smell: Kinda funky. A sour apple, smokey, earthy...something. A unique aroma that isn't unpleasant, just very different.
Taste: Same as the smell. An earthiness combined with a citric lemon peel gives a complex profile that again is quite unique. Light catty taste that is hop driven.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation gives a slightly cask feel with a dry finish.
Overall: Lightly bitter with a good supporting base. Crazy hop flavor, definitely worth a try. The chunky nature hurt the overall score.
10-25-2012 04:18:06 | More by HardTarget
Brewers' Cut Signature Hop Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
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