The De Molen beers are generally just a bit different somehow, and the Winterhop is no exception. Technically we’d have to label this beer as an India Pale Lager.
It is a deep amber coloured beer, with the use of a little caramel and chocolate malt. And of course lots of hops – Magnum for bittering, late-hopped with Cascade and then dry-hopped with Simcoe and Citra. Then a bottom fermenting yeast which is why this is a lager rather than an ale.
There is a strong tropical fruit aroma, with a fruity and pine resin flavour. But there is also a malt backbone supporting all those hops. A touch of sweetness and dry roast malt add another layer to the taste.
The beer finishes quite dry, with a lingering bitterness.