Thursday, 14 October 2010
Motueka hops re-visited
OK this post is a bit late coming, but is actually linked to what I did in this post. A US Amber ale experiment using the New Zealand Motueka hop. In reference to that previous post, I must mention that this particular review of my Amber ale (that I have just been drinking for quality control purposes) was actually a re-brew of the original, this time with a slightly more simplified grist and using only Motueka hops (instead of in combination with Chinook and Centennial). Here it is.
Rob's Sunset Amber Ale.
Original Gravity: 1048.5
Final Gravity: 1010.1
Volume: 23 litres
Marris Otter Extra Pale malt: 44.8%
Vienna Malt: 38.6%
Cara malt: 5.1%
Crystal malt: 2%
Pale Chocolate malt: 0.7%
Torrified wheat: 9%
All hop additions use Motueka 6% alpha.
First wort: 12 IBU
30min: 7 IBU
3min: 3 IBU
Steeped after boil: 40g Motueka
Pitched with Daleside house yeast strain.
I was pleased this came out better than the original. Mid bronze to amber in colour with a nose of tropical fruit and spice (a touch Saaz like). Medium bodied with a touch of caramel and a dry finish with lingering spicy hops. A good beer and a touch drier than intended due to the slight over attenuation (original target was 1011). But overall I have decided I like Motueka hops. Flavour and aroma properties are a touch like Saaz, a touch like Cascade, and a touch like nothing else I know. They would probably blend well with a lot of US or German varieties and apparently are good in many lager beers.
In my hop store I also have some Pacific Gem and Nelson Sauvin, so I shall be looking forward to brewing up some hardcore beers with them in the not so distant future.