They’ve even produced boxed packs of IPAs where only the hops differed, although I confess I didn’t try them or review them for The Brewclub. A chap’s pocket money only stretches so far.
However it would appear that they’re now trying a new “Ace of'” range, which will feature a single hop brew. I like this idea.
Many years ago (1991) in his ‘Beer Companion’ Michael Jackson observed “No one goes into a restaurant and requests ‘a plate of food, please’. People do not simply ask for ‘a glass of wine’, without specifying, at the very least, whether they fancy red or white, dry or sweet, perhaps sparkling or still.” These days wine sophistication has advanced to the point where most wine drinkers will specify their wine preference by grape variety – Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo and so on.
Or occasionally ‘anything but Chardonnay”.
And so the growth of varietal – single hop – beers is developing. And as I have greatly enjoyed every beer I’ve yet tasted that features the Simcoe hop, I welcome this development and this brew.
It pours a delicate pale amber / tangerine colour with a rich, but fast-fading head.
The nose is an equally rich, but delicate citrus, rich with tropical fruits. That’s twice I’ve used the word ‘delicate’ in a Brewdog review, maybe they’re mellowing?
The flavour is both citrussy and hoppy. While Simcoe is a notoriously bitter hop, as well as imbuing pineapple and papaya flavours, Brewdog have been surprisingly restrained and produced a well balanced single hop brew.
On this basis I’m looking forward to more brews in the ‘Ace of’ range, this merits three and a half Brewclub stars.,