October 4th & 5th 2014
This year we’ve used 4 varieties of hops with characteristics as listed below:-
A tall growing, traditional aroma variety. Described as “smooth almost sweet, slightly spicy” and “gently fragrant and floral”.
WGV (Whitbread Goldings Variety)
Resulting from an open pollinated seedling of “Bates Brewer” in 1911, WGV was released for UK planting in 1953. Described as having “fresh, earthy, botanical and floral” flavours, it is considered more likely to have Fuggles pedigree than Goldings, despite the name.
Developed at Wye College and released for commercial growing as a Fuggles replacement in 1964. The aroma characteristics of Progress are described as “sweet grass, floral, mint & earthy”.
A cross between Bramling (a traditional English Golding variety) and the Manitoban (Canadian) wild hop. A distinctive American-style hop with high flavour intensity described as “spicy, blackcurrant, loganberry and lemony citrus”.
We’ve brewed each beer using either one variety or a 50/50 mix of hops, both for bittering (early addition to the boil) and aroma (late addition). Malts are the same as our regular brews to allow comparison based on the hops. So we have:-
3.6%ABV Bitter – light in colour and a good session beer based on our most popular “Fuggles” style.
4.0%ABV Bitter – a traditional dark best bitter based on “Trumpeter”.
4.7%ABV Bitter – a light coloured strong ale based on our summer brew “American Pale Ale”.