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Tasting impressions #62: Kohatu Jade Hop Burst Pale Ale

February 17, 2014

This beer finished quite dry, at around 1009° making it 4.9 per cent abv, just below the required strength.

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Mouth feel is ever so light and soft and hopefully will crisp up later as the carbonation fully develops. In my initial tasting to gauge the carbonation I was getting red berries, raspberry and strawberry syrup both in the aroma and taste. All that has toned down. I am getting some sweetish berries but what has surfaced is an oaky character of wood.

There’s no hop bite, it’s light and a bit watery to be honest, closer to 3.9 than 4.9 per cent abv. I am sure I am not imagining the woody oak, this tastes a bit like what DeGarre beer bar in Bruges smells like – all those beams and old wood everywhere. A white wine drinker would like this beer. Hop bursting at these minimal levels is a waste of good bittering hops.

Edit: DRINKING THIS AGAIN ON 27 FEB. Good head has appeared, in good condition. Oaky character has disappeared. This beer is changing often as it matures. Or should I say Pils…I certainly would be fooled to think this is a pilsner. Slight spiciness on the tongue, soft and crisp. A good approximation for a pilsner – only better as it’s an ale…

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