Monday, April 09, 2012

Two Hops are Better than one

I know dual-hopped beers have been around for a long time, often masked by their name. Who could tell that 'Wayfarer' for example, is a beer made with amarillo and cascade? There is no clue in the name, or on the pump clip. Nevertheless it is an excellent beer. Recently Mallinsons have started to make it clear that some of the beers are dual-hopped.

We have been treated to 'Summit Summer'  and 'Citrella' for example. Both made with a combination of two hops. This weekend I have sampled 'Columbus Nelson', in my opinion the best of the three. A mix of  American 'Columbus' and New Zealand 'Nelson Sauvin' has produced a stunning beer. Both are renowned as high alpha acid bitter hops and I was concerned that the product of them both may be too bitter or astringent. How wrong I was!

Mallys have brewed a beer in which both hops perfectly balance each other and rather than one overpower the other, their flavours complement each other to give a fresh fruitiness than develops throughout the glass into a superb brew. Columbus is the bittering hop, Nelson the aroma, the combination bringing out hints of grapefruit and a subtle tartness. It is a sensible drinking strength at 4.4% allowing it enough body to support both hops, without making it cloying or sweet. It is around in pubs now, give it a go and see what you think.     

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