|Surly Wet w/ walleye and fries|
|Town Hall Fresh Hop 100|
Next, on the list is the evening's goal: Town Hall's Fresh Hop 100 for 2012. The 100 is for 100% fresh Simcoe hops--nothing else. Off white head over a dark amber ale. Straight Simcoe hops come through as fresh, clean spice and earthiness. Strong caramel and toffee flavors with a full, robust mouthfeel. Chewy maltiness more than supports the big hop; guessing the IBU is higher than it tastes. Simcoe covers the palate but isn't overwhelming. Another great Town Hall beer and glad I got my two growlers to drink at home.
|Indeed Fresh Hop|
The other advertised wet hop I wanted to try, Lucid Wammo, wasn't on tap until later in the week, so I "settled" for Surly Wet, only one of my very favorite beers. I was chatting and eating dinner with this pint, so didn't get any impressions down. I've been drinking the canned version of Wet at home this week; while the draft was very good, the nose and bite of it seems muted compared to the can.
Tonight's epiphany--fresh hop beers have come a long way baby. If memory serves, proto-versions of fresh hop beers tended to be grassy and a bit hop stupid. Since they were the only game in town, any fresh hop beer was a fun treat. However, they tasted a lot like my homebrewed version that needed six months to settle before the cut grass flavor dissipated. While still full of aromatic, fresh, beautiful hops, tonight's drafts have a sophistication and range that goes far beyond a novelty act.