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Halcyon Green Hop
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Style: IPA, w/ fresh "green" hops
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The Halcyon Green Hop is a version of our regular Halcyon. Its uniqueness is in the process of dry hopping in maturation tank with green Target cones delivered fresh straight from a Herefordshire farm (this year’s is Mr Capper’s). The aroma reflects the hop variety and is full of pineapple, fruit, pine resin, peel. In the mouth it’s hoppy, slightly astringent, good malt backbone and lingering pithy bitterness. It’s bottle refermented. As a malt we use solely Maris Otter in this beer.

This is the second year we make it. We brew it around end of august so it’s ready to be put on green hops in september/october when the hops are picked. The idea is to showcase a hop variety much like in wines where you get the varietal character. so far it’s been Target but I would like to expand the range with Bramling Cross and other English hops. If the green hops are used on the hot side say at the end of the boil the more volatile oils will escape and maybe those are the most important from a variety character point of view. Using them on the cold side [=dry-hopping] you get to preserve all the aroma components. The 2010 is an improvement to last year’s and for the 2011 version I’m looking at technology that can allow us to further improve and refine the extraction of the aroma.

Not to be released before April of the following year: We make a big fuss out of this aspect.
No.1 The Target hops are shipped overnight and we use them first thing in the morning. This is very important
No.2 With regards to release, the beer has been lagered at 0 degrees celsius[= 32 F] for an extended period of time to achieve an acceptable clarity since we do not filter in order to retain all those complex flavours.
In addition, it is bottle refermented which requires an additional time in warm room followed by residence in cold store for a minimum period prior to release



Tasting Notes

By Roger Protz

Appearance:
"Straw-coloured"

Aroma:
"The beer has a superb aroma of spicy hop resins, a fresh tobacco smokiness, orange fruit and sappy malt."

Flavor:
"Tart orange fruit, bitter hops and juicy malt dominate the palate"

Finish:
"a long dry finish with citrus fruit, smoky notes and a final herbal, grassy character."



Specifications
Alc./Vol.: 7.7 %
Original Gravity: 1072
Plato: 20.0
IBU: 65


Formats
Version: Type: Size: UPC/EAN:
Case 12 * 16.9 oz. Bottle(s) 5013414999025
Keg 1 * 7.9 gal. Keg
Firkin 1 * 10.8 gal. Cask
Picture: Halcyon Green Hop bottle
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