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Herevana – Workshop Brewing – Chop Hop Hybrid 01 Even Stephen

The Hybrid Box. Workshop brewing has taken their core range of beer, and used them as a base to experiment with different combinations and ratios of dry hops… The result – their Hybrid range. 

For the Social #Herevana session I’ve picked up a mixed 6 pack, or is that a 2-way 3-way?

The next pair up,
01 – Chop Hop – Even Stephen (Centennial + Citra) is a beer at 5.8% and is a 1:1 ratio on the hops
04 – Chop Hop – Cinemo (Citra + Nelson + Mosaic) is beer at 7.2% and is in a ratio 3:2:2 

Centennial hops were first developed back in 1974 from a predominant Brewer’s Gold hop mixed with Fuggle and East Kent Golding, among others. The result was a balanced aromatic and bittering hop which was released in 1990.
Citra Bright orange, grapefruit, lemon and other wonderfully tropical fruit flavors create an aroma that is totally unique to this popular hop

Nelson A bright aroma of gooseberry, grapefruit and citrus
Mosaic presents a complex bouquet of earthy, pine, and fruit aromas from berry to mango
Citra Bright orange, grapefruit, lemon and other wonderfully tropical fruit flavors create an aroma that is totally unique to this popular hop.

Workshop Brewing Chop Hop Hybrid 01 Even Stephen is made at the Workshop Brewing Co who are based in  Raglan, Waikato, 🇳🇿 New Zealand. This is 5.8% ABV and that’s 2.4 standard drink units in NZ. I’m sticking to my Pale Ale guns on this one.

The last two I had were a mixed bag, one was lovely the other was ok. I like the Citra and the Nelson hops, so there’s high expectations.

That’s a lovely grassy aroma on opening, and there’s a lovely pour of a orange golden beer with a stack of head. The lovely aroma carries to the glass, but Im hoping it’ll grow as that head fades a bit.

I wasn’t disappointed this has a whole bouquet of flavours, orange pith, grapefruit, this is really crisp and rather delicious, especially with that lower level of bitterness. Which is counterpoint to the towards that slightly dry note that this also carries.

It’s all rather clever and really enjoyable, which I hoped for and this delivered.

Again though I don’t have a baseline for this, I’ve not had the stock version but if its anywhere near as good as this then it’s going to be really good.

A beer that draws you in is easy drinking in large sups. A Winner

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 on the arbitrary number scale. It has that core three things, aroma, looks and taste, in a beer that is light on bitterness and isn’t loud or demanding to drink, a softer journey that you could sit with all night on a session. Well I could. As good a Pale Ale as you could possibly hope for.

Slowdive – just for a day, because I like the Shoegaze.

Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.

Philip himself.

A limited edition small batch Chop Hop Hybrid showcasing Centennial and Citra big dry hop combo. Ratio 1:1 Be wise drink fresh.

Brewers Notes

Pale Ale – American (APA)

The “American Pale Ale (APA)”, also known as “West-Coast Pale Ale” and “Northwest Pale Ale” is a golden to light amber colored, refreshing and average-strength hop-forward ale, yet with sufficient supporting malt to make it generally balanced and more accessible than modern American IPAs. The clean hop presence can reflect classic or modern American or New World hop varieties with a wide range of characteristics. The American Pale Ale will generally be cleaner, have a less caramelly malt profile, less body, and often more finishing hops than English counterparts. Less bitterness in the balance and alcohol strength than an American IPA. More balanced and drinkable, and less intensely hop-focused and bitter than Session IPAs


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