When we designed our state-of-the-art brewery a few years ago, we had hops on our mind. We wanted equipment which would allow us to get the very most out of the flavourful additions which make beer so varied and exciting. To this end, we installed a full-size hopback, perfect for infusing beer with bright, hoppy flavours during the brew.
The hopback has served us well, our champion beer Jarl is tasting better than it ever has, showcasing US hop citra at its best, and the rest of our range has been consistent improving over the last couple of years. We’re big believers that cask beer can be as good a showcase of hops as keg beers are.
We decided to try and prove this with a series of summer specials that are all about packing low ABV beers full of flavour – introducing the Fyne Ales Summer Sessions 2017.
Each month this summer we’re brewing a 3.5% pale(ish) beer, destined for casks, each with a mix of four different hops, each designed to be clean, refreshing and bursting with fresh hop flavours.
First up is Summer Dawn, a golden ale brewed using a hint of rye malt and oat malt to give a touch of colour and depth of flavour than ultra-pale ales. The hops we’ve chosen to showcase are an international affair, combining British Brewers Gold with a pair of American hops Apollo and Centennial and completing the line-up with one of our current favourites, the Japanese Sorachi Ace.
On the nose you’ll find sweet citrus notes similar to candied oranges; taste is all tangerine and peach flavours before a dry, slightly bitter finish from the Sorachi.
We’d love to hear what you think of each of this year’s Summer Sessions – Summer Skies will be brewed in July and arrive in pubs early August, while Summer Dusk will be brewed in August for early-September drinking!