It’s no secret that Eight Degrees are pure hop heads and we always seek to understand these beautiful flowers and their individual flavours and aromas better. Our brewers have selected three of the sexiest hops from around the globe (well, Australia, New Zealand and Yakima Valley in the US) and paired them with a beer style that best reflects their characteristics. For best results, pour beer into a tall glass, get your nose in there, close your eyes and inhale. The aroma will transport you to those sunny hop origins.
The Vic Secret hop, named after a beautiful state in Australia, has long been on Cam’s brewing wish list. Only released in 2013, this new hop variety has quickly become renowned in the craft brewing world for its clean, resinous, tropical fruit notes, rivaling one of our other favourite Aussie hops, Galaxy.
Style: Black IPA
Malt: Irish pale malt, Carafa III
Hops: Vic Secret
Strength: 6% ABV
Bitterness: 52 IBUs
Colour/appearance: black in the glass with off-white creamy head. Light carbonation.
Aroma: a hop-forward ale, with bold, seductive passion fruit, lychee and pineapple fruit aromas.
Flavour: bitter fruit with a subtle dark malt body.
Aftertaste: a complex bitterness on the finish that leaves you wanting more.
Food pairings: put some spice with this black IPA, something like a deep, dark black bean chilli or one of Green Saffron’s full-flavoured Rogan Josh or Tandoori curries.
Launch Date: First launched July in 2014, re-released October 2015.
Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius
Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)
‘It’s an incredible experience and it’s hard to believe that all that colour comes from just one hop variety. The finish is long and bitter, and I honestly couldn’t say if that’s a result of the big hops or the roasted grains, or both. Either way, it’s another hoppy winner from the Mitchelstown brewery.’ John Duffy thebeernut.blogspot.ie