It’s a little microcosm of the beer world is the Flat Rock Brew Cafe: on top of the diverse range of tap beers, they make genuine cask ale, play around with barrel-aging and beers with various forms of wild infections. They also grow hops in their back garden and, this year, they threw them into a fresh hop beer. However, their yield wasn’t enormous and their homegrown Hallertau Mittelfrüh - a German noble hop variety - was just one of three varieties of fresh hops used, the others being Enigma and the yet-to-be-released ‘HPA-35’ from Hop Products Australia.
HPA-35 isn’t the kind of massively fruity hop that’s de rigeur these days but it had the greatest ratio used in this beer. It worked to help create something quite earthy, in an English pale ale sort of way, while amber and Caraamber malts help accentuate those characters and give a deep red colour. It gives what you’d want from an experimental beer in that it’s interesting, though you’d never accuse it of being extreme. Instead, it’s just a nicely rounded beer.
- Harvest Ale
- 50 IBU
Flat Rock Brew Cafe