Hop Essence Series: Hallertau Blanc | Brewmaster Jack

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Brewmaster Jack
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by VelvetExtract on 08-16-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by jlindros:
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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Still really enjoy these single hop beers, get to really pick apart a new hop, or even do it to an older hop. Bottled Aug 5, 2014, nice and fresh.

Pours a lighter fizzy small head that fades at a med pace, bit of lacing, super hazy murky even, dark orange reddish almost amber color. 3.5

Nose is really interesting and unique, lots of different characters in there, mild peppery notes, hint vinous like, faint grapefruit, a flash of a musty resinous passion fruit, melon rind, little fruity note, faint apple skin and floral notes, quite complex for a single hop. Also mild fluffy malts, hint sweetness underneath and candy reddish amber malts. 4.25

Taste brings more of the quite unique hops characters, lots of characters. Starts with a flash of peppery notes, floral flowery flavors, then quickly into fruity characters, a big vinous but flowery flavor, back into melon rind and a faint grapefruit pith, with just a touch of a musty resin note, and general tannic like fruit skin. Also a touch of apple skin. Faint fluffy sweet like malt underneath, a hint of caramel and reddish malt, mild creamy sweetness and fluffy malt. Then hops turn grassy and spicy like on the back end. As it finishes it dries a bit, little sticky note, big spicy grassy hops with more grape skin vinous notes, little musty and faint melon rind and grapefruit pith lingering, and quite bitter. Would have been 4.25 if the weird bitter spicy finish didn't nag for so long, and even turns a little herbal and vegetal. 4

Mouth is med bod, lighter but decent enough carb, little fluffy creamy feel. 3.75

Overall not bad, quite a unique complex hop that brings lots of various characters, mustiness, grape and apple skins, mild tannins, grapefruit pith, melon rind, and finishes grassy and spicy. Really interesting hop, and nice beer to present it, but the base beer could have been better. 3.75

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of freshcarl
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of diehlio
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Well, since the rating dialogue has drastically changed. I will now drastically change my reviewing methods. No more A-, S-, T-, M-, O-. I will just free flow from now on; and that makes me feel good.

Hallertau Blanc is yet another installment in the Hop Essence series. I have tried most of them and have become confident enough in their efforts to blindly buy their new editions. This one pours surprisingly deep in its orangeness; since the hop is called "Blanc" I was expecting it to be paler. Head is very thin. It leaves outlying bubbles that hug the glass. Head leaves strings of lace. Aroma is of course, very hoppy. The hops are unique. They remind me of dried grass and dried hay. Hops are also citrusy. Maybe a bit of dried weed. Flavor is akin to the nose. I get some lemony hops. The dried hay and grass are back again. Sweetish citrus hop. Malt lends some light caramel and soft bread crustiness. Feel is smooth with softer carbonation. Moderate bitterness. Quite drinkable. I found this to be another interesting addition to their Hop Essence series. Hallertau Blanc delivers some noticeably distinct flavors and aromas. They do a good job complementing their selected hop with their choice of malt, yeast, alcohol percentage and style.

Via bottle.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Flounder57
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Served in a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange color with good vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Herbal, really grassy, citrus, toasted, bready, and pale malts in the rear.

Taste: Grassy pot flavor, herbal, tropical, citrus, white grape, pale, and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, a little mild bitterness,

Overall: Another solid offering in the hop essence series. Keep them coming. There is interestingly awesome.

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Photo of Kinger86
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Hop Essence Series: Hallertau Blanc from Brewmaster Jack
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 9 ratings