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Tasting impressions #48: Progress Single Hop

July 30, 2013

Big 0.75L bottle tasted still a bit of metal and alcohol, but 0.5L flip-top seems fine, still quite young but I like my beers fresh. This beer is supposed to be an English IPA – here’s the recipe. Not dropped quite bright yet:

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Slightly hazy orange, ample carbonation. Aroma is fruity and spicy, sweetish even. Mouthfeel is full but refreshing, taste is fruity, malty, dry, and there is that malt-forwardness for sure. Hoppiness makes the beer feel quite solid, there is bitterness but it’s rather up front – none of that late hop aroma silliness (it is a fad I’m sure). Solid, balanced, bitter in a reassuring old-fashioned way.

Sort of a Belgian Saison without that typical Belgian yeast character which can easily make a beer undrinkable in quantity as the “elusive” in “elusive drinkability” crystallises. None of that problem here at 5.8 per cent abv – the smoothness, the smoothness.

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Edit: now day later the beer has dropped bright. Go figure.

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Edit#2. 5th August. Now even some of the smaller bottles taste harsh and metallic, this seems to happen about half of the time. The other half seems fine (basically this beer is the brew #27 but with Progress hops instead of EKG. Tasting notes here). Perhaps this beer does not benefit from being tasted after other beers (which might’ve happened) but what’s more likely is that Progress just isn’t a nice hop by itself. I should’ve used Northdown, Fuggles or Bramling Cross.

Perhaps this is why Dave stopped using Progress in his excellent Pilgrim’s Progress quite early on? Excellent story of The Pilgrim Brewery here. Can’t recommend David Roberts’ beers enough. What a character!

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