Recent posts here at Beer Samizdat have informed readers about my enthusiasm for HERMITAGE BREWING's single-hop IPA series, which showcase one particular hop in a 22-ounce bottle. I loved the Citra; I loved the Simcoe; and I reckoned that in the interest of keeping you well-informed and my palate well-lubricated, I'd better try a few others and give you the full details. Now, I'm not sure how easy these are to get. Hermitage are located in San Jose, CA, and I live an hour away and work 15 minutes away. I can find 'em, at BevMo and local specialty places like Jane's Beer Store and Willows Market. You might need to get on the Internet if you're not a South Bay denizen, but based on the evidence to be provided presently, you'll see that might be a pretty good call. Let's see what we've got here:
HERMITAGE BREWING - "MAGNUM": This is a German hop that I've not really heard a lot of online yakety-yakkin' about. It imparts a fruity but not too intense hop bite, and is quite clean and straightforward. Perhaps a little oily and not "threatening" in the least, the way some hops can sneak up and seize your tongue & render it useless for days. It's more akin to what you'd taste in a nice, clean pale ale. Good, but not their best. 7.5/10.
HERMITAGE BREWING - "EL DORADO": This, my friends, is their best - or at least tied with Citra. Full-bodied, fresh and juicy, with a crisp aftertaste and a tropical aroma and taste. Resiny and sticky and totally delicious, just the way you like it. This is a hop I need to learn something about & start seeking out in future hop bombs. 9/10.
It's a little intimidating, but there are still four more single-hop Hermitage ales I haven't tried. Only halfway through the lineup. The ones I still have left are some left-fielders, including Ahtanum and Calypso, and some more common hop varieties like Galaxy and the newly-popular Sorahi Ace. I'll keep ya posted.