New girl on the block, the Enigma hop is the latest in the Aussie hop family and a descendent of Swiss Tettnang. As the name suggests, her flavour profile is difficult to crack. Some say rock melon and red currant – but don’t be fooled, she is not like her Aussie hop sisters.
Not even on general release yet, we have managed to sneak Enigma into Ireland on the sly. To showcase her first appearance here, we have brewed a single hop pale ale to allow her true colours to shine. This beer is light in colour, with a dry crisp mouthfeel.
Puzzling, ambiguous and inexplicable; we challenge you to discover for yourself Enigma’s unique, yet irresistible, flavours and aromas.
Short description: brand new Enigma hop – fruity rock melon – soft bitterness
Style: Pale Ale
Malt: Irish pale malt
Hops: Enigma all the way
Strength: 6% ABV
Bitterness: 54 IBUs
Colour/appearance: pours a pale gold with a fluffy pale head
Aroma: fresh rock melon.
Flavour: that fruity melon flavour carries through, spiced with some orange zest. Soft hop bitterness.
Aftertaste: tastes like more. Time for another one.
Food pairings: have you ever had blue cheese matched with a pale ale? Well, this is your chance to try it. Drink Enigma with a mild creamy blue – think Wicklow Blue – or alongside a Cashel Blue and Bacon Tart.
Launch Date: March 2015
Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius
Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)