Medicine Hat Brewing Co. Single Hop Series Centennial – American Pale Ale at 4.9% ABV | 45 IBU

Medicine Hat Brewing Co. Single Hop Series Centennial American Pale Ale at 4.9% ABV | 45 IBU (C$3.00 at Oak & Vine, 355 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 21-Jun-2018, reviewed 24-Jun-2018)

Appearance: clear pale amber with three fingers of fluffy ivory head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: caramel, floral, stone fruit, citrus, weeds and grass. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry moderate bitter finish. (3/5)

Call me silly, but I figure if you’re doing a single-hop, you should be aiming to have the hops dominant, not the malt. Here, however, the first thing that hits you is big caramel malt, with weak, weedy hops in the background. The hops do build somewhat, but never really gain dominance. (12/20)

6/10 #ryansbooze

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