South African Juice 8.1.18

Appearance:

Pale gold, hazy, not super thick. Good amount of head and foam around the top. The carbonation dissipates quickly, but laces nicely. 

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Aroma:

Nose is hard to pick out. I get hoppiness, but not nearly what I was expected at 4oz per gallon. It smells like a hoppy beer, but that’s about it… I don’t pick up a lot of sweet aromas as per this hop’s description. In fact the more I smell it, the more I’m picking up a noble spicy type aroma.  

Flavor:

Whoa, not fruit forward at all. They are quite lackluster in terms of the fruit flavors that were advertised. I do get a lot of spicy black pepper character on these. More wood and pine flavors, chewy wooden flavors coming through. I do get a bit of fruit lingering in the background. Some of that tart grapefruit type citrus is definitely there. 

I poured this beer for my boss, and I described what the hops are supposed to be before he tried it. He told me he wished I hadn’t told him koolaid, because he that’s all he can think of when tasting it. I didn’t get any of the koolaid flavor. If I did get any fruit flavors coming through it’s that of fermented citrus. Oh well.

Hyper Critical:

Would I brew this again? No chance. This pack of hops wasn’t good, I didn’t like it. I had very high hopes for South African hops, and I’m still slightly interested in the other varieties. But I can’t see myself spending the extra dollar for those any time soon. I’ve got other projects in mind. 

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