Great South Bay
Single Hop IPA
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Single Hop IPA featuring Lemon Drop Hops, notes of Lemon, Mint, Green Tea and Melon
This brew is light-bodied like all our Single Hop Beers but is bursting with hoppy goodness. Brilliant notes of Lemon (shocker), mint, green tea, and melon. Juicy and aromatic, this brew conjures all the right flavors that we want out of a citrus-forward IPA. A little lower in alpha acid, this brew doesn’t boast as much bitterness as some hops, but still provides a delicious refreshing balance.
Lemon Drop features parentage from the Cascade varietal with a little more oils and lower alpha acid making it generally more suitable to late kettle additions as opposed to a bittering hop. Its bright citrus component has earmarked it for Pale Ales and IPA’s straight out of the gate, but it's also seeing very inspired usage in American Wheat Beers, Kolsches, Saison, and other lighter ales. Developed by Hopsteiner, Lemondrop was officially released on the market in 2014.
To pair up with this beer, you’re going to want to try out a lemon pepper chicken with rice pilaf. Don’t be afraid to go just a touch spicy, the beer has enough lemon character and herbal elements to help balance it out. For cheese try out Drunken Goat, or Murica cheeses from Spain. Its lemony-pepper character and silky texture will have you scrambling for more. For Desserts, you can’t go wrong with a Lemon bar dusted with powdered sugar.
The focus of these beers is to highlight a single-hop flavor so the beer-lover can learn to find their favorite hop character, such as citrus, floral, pine, resinous, spicy, tropical fruit, stone fruit, berry, melon, etc. Medium-high to very high hop bitterness. Malt flavor should be low to medium-low and is generally clean and grainy-malty although some light caramel or toasty flavors are acceptable. Low yeast-derived fruitiness is acceptable but not required. Dry to medium-dry finish; residual sweetness should be low to none. The bitterness and hop flavor may linger into the aftertaste but should not be harsh. A very light, clean alcohol flavor may be noted in stronger versions. May be slightly sulfury, but most examples do not exhibit this character.