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Tasting impressions #67: Pacific Gem Single Hop Pale Ale

April 13, 2014

This beer has been five days in the bottle and the condition is just perfect. 1051° finished at 5.1 per cent abv.

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Aroma is herbal and a bit oaky. High alpha acid hop at 45 ibu’s seems to punch above its weight, the usual malty backbone due to the mash schedule is slightly overshadowed by a firm bitterness. There is no tropical fruit but instead a certain European herbal taste, often associated with noble hops. Pine for sure but not in an American IPA sort of way, more juniper-like, or when throwing resin onto the hot stones in a sauna. Good resiny bitterness.

Yeast used was 2nd generation Mangrove Jack M07 British Ale. Neutral, crisp, well-behaved and ready as soon as carbonated – no yeasty flavours as with S04 that need two weeks to even out.

Today I bottled #68 mild brewed with Mangrove Jack Newcastle Dark Ale M03 and took some slurry aside for further use, rest of the yeasty slurry I used for a pizza dough – trebled in size:

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Ham, mushrooms, blue cheese, garlic – washed down with Gem single hop – pure bliss. What a yeast.

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