Sunday, June 2, 2013

565. Seventh Son Humulus Nimbus Super Pale Ale

I scored this yesterday in Columbus when I was judging beer for Digfest; Jeff Fortney and I had a pint at Seventh Son, and then we each grabbed a growler to take back to Dayton. Jeff describes this as his “favorite beer made in Ohio,” which is pretty heady praise. Elli and I decided to wait to drink this until today, as last night we stopped by 5th Street Brewpub Co-op to check out how it was coming together during their weekend open house. This was my second trip to Seventh Son—the first was beer judging for SODZ British Beer Fest—but this was the first time I got to try any of their beer, as last time they hadn’t started brewing yet.

Humulus Nimbus pours a clear, vibrant dirty straw and features a long-lasting creamy white head that laces the glass well. The nose is bread dough from the malt along with floral, citrus, and general fruitiness from the hops. There might be just a hint of biscuit, but I’m not certain. Flavors are light, bright, and clean—there is bread crust in the front, along with a hint of citrus, followed by clean bitterness in the middle before finishing with hints of grape, pine, and resin. The lingering bitterness is clean and lightly mineral, and there is a touch of candy sweetness that falls just short of caramel. The body is medium to light, with a gentle malt chewiness and creamy mouthfeel rounded by the medium carbonation. Yesterday, there was more of the blueberry hop flavor listed in the description below, but today it comes across more as grape and general fruitiness. Still, a solid, well-made beer. I like the balance between malt and hops: while both are distinct, neither is in your face, and both play harmoniously back and forth across the tongue. My only real criticism is the use of “dandelion” to describe the bitterness in the finish—as someone who regularly brews with dandelion, this doesn’t track as dandelion on my palate. Still, I’m looking forward to getting more of this beer the next time I’m in Columbus. Light, easy drinking, and certainly enjoyable. Welcome Seventh Son!

From the description at the brewery taproom: “A pale golden ale that is both super crisp and super hop forward with a refreshing mouthfeel and a summer friendly 6% abv. Mosaic & Simcoe hops lend tart blueberry and fragrant pine to a pleasingly bitter dandelion finish.”

ABV: 6.0%


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