I brewed a single hop beer a while back using another experimental hop from Hop Steiner, unostentatiously name “EXP 1210”. I fell back on the Russian River Hop 2 It recipe because of it’s ease of brewing, delicious results, and I had the ingredients readily on hand. I actually poured this beer at the most recent National Homebrew Conference in Philadelphia, and got some very positive feedback.
Appearance. Looks spot on for a pale ale. Orange copper with nice lacing. I transferred this to a serving keg after using finings for clarity and it made the beer brilliantly clear, even after transportation to and from Philly.
Aroma. Beautiful bouquet. I’ve never actually said that out loud but maybe I would for this beer. Really nice nose to it, plenty of citrus: lemon, grapefruit, orange, some strawberry, a little less blueberry, some stone fruit like peach or apricot.
Taste and Mouthfeel. Slight caramel sweetness is nicely balanced by the smooth bitterness of this hop. Nice and dry. Many of the aroma notes carry over into the taste, but more generally citrus takes over for me, the sweet berry riding shotgun.
Overall Impressions. Very drinkable. It’s not often that you get a single hop beer that can stand on it’s own. While I think this American pale ale could be rounded out a bit with some pine, resin, and dankness, I would be totally okay paying for this in a bar. I came to the conclusion that this hop was like a blend of 75% Cascade and 25% Amarillo. Much more impressed by this hop than the EXP 6300, but maybe I should give the 6300 a chance in a pale ale, as I heard Tasty McDole of the Brewing Network made a good IPA using that hop. It would be cool if this hop could stay in my own personal stash as a “secret” hop, but with a flavor this bangin’, I’m sure this hop will get a trendy name and be hard to come by in a few years.