Thursday, October 6, 2011

OCB Series - Trafalgar Brewing Company - Hop Nouveau 2011

5.0% ABV


"Pale Ale brewed with wet hops from the local area. A harvest style Pale Ale"

The Pour

Poured from a 650mL bottle. With a deep golden yellow in colour, this beer formed about a half a finger of slightly off white head. Not a lot of carbonation present. The head dissipated quickly.

Aroma

Much more malt forward than I was expected. Biscuity and earthy on the nose. Not a huge hop profile, but some slight tangerine present.

Taste

The taste is better than the aroma. While under-carbonated, there is a decent orange fruit note, finishing with a pleasant bitterness. The malts while present are muted. A medium to full mouthfeel with the low carbonation.

Overall Impression

The more I sipped, the more pleasant this was. While not exceptional, it is relatively balanced with decent flavour. I have been underwhelmed in the past with Trafalgar, but this was a bit better. I would give it a "B-".

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