For the first in our 2017 Single Hop India Pale Ale – or SHIPA – series, we’ve gone with the evocatively named Lemon Drop. The new kid on the American, Super Cascadian hop block, this incredibly aromatic hop brings a cocktail of flavours to the IPA style.
It’s all about the tart lemony citrus here, mixed with mint, green tea and a hint of melon. Pucker up and drop everything for this aromatic delight.
Short description: Lemon Drop – bitter lemongrass – green tea and grapefruit
Style: Single Hop India Pale Ale
Hops Lemon Drop.
Malt: two-row Irish malt.
Colour/appearance: a golden, mellow yellow body with a white head.
Aroma: as befits the name, it’s all lemony-grapefruit citrus on the nose.
Flavour: full on bitter lemongrass with some herbal spearmint notes and rounded melon and tropical fruits in the finish.
Aftertaste: green tea and grapefruit pith bitterness.
Seared scallops in a beurre blanc is the ideal match with Lemon Drop IPA – the lemongrass bitterness of the beer plays nicely with those sweet scallops and cuts through the rich sauce. Pair it with some seaweed-battered chunks of haddock and chips for a runaway success. Go sweet by serving it with a lemon poppyseed cake that’s been liberally topped with a passion fruit cream cheese frosting – it will complement the lemon in the cake and stop the frosting from becoming too cloying.
Launch Date: April 2017
Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius
Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)
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Putting @8degreesbrewing‘s lemon drop into my facehole. That’s nice stuff.
— feylya (@feylya) April 13, 2017