We featured an earlier version of this beer that was Batch 1. In true ‘craft brewer’ style, Rob has had another crack at this beer, with a few tweaks and using the hops that are readily available – something that will happen more frequently as certain hop styles
The differences are slight. The first was brewed using Sorachi Ace and Palisade hops. Batch 2 uses Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial. I think the nose on the second batch is bigger and fruitier than the first. And the ABV increased from 6% to 7%.
The other change was the brewery he used, changing from ‘tGaverhopke to Millevertus. The second is a very small beer that I’ve enjoyed a few beers from over the years. Makes me think to get some beer from them for future packs.
Back to the WTF – the big hops are there in the taste, though maybe not as strongly as the aroma. There is a dank and slightly earthy minerality to the lingering bitterness. The finish is dry and prickly.
Personally, I prefer Batch 2 to the original. If you were a member back in May 15, we’d be interested which you prefer.