No age statement
Part of Sharp’s Connoisseur’s Choice range designed to be served with food, Single Brew Reserve 2012 is brewed with Pale Ale and Carapils malts. The beer is first wort-hopped to a mild bitterness and then a large amount of Citra is added during a two month cold maturation. Released February 2013.
(best before 17-Jan-15) Slight haze, golden amber with generous, retentive off-white head.
Pine fresh, eucalyptus, fragrant tinned peaches, mango and zesty pink grapefruit with white bread crust.
Fruity hops and malt, dialled up and finely balanced. Clean zesty orange citrus and floral hops with underlying bready flavours.
Dry, cleansingly bitter citrusy pine finish with tropical fruit.
Not generally accessible
To quote the back label, “An unusual light golden ale that crosses the boundaries of beer/wine/cider in taste. The lightest of malts combined with the scarce Nelson Sauvin hop and a process that includes a piggyback fermentation deliver an ale with low bitterness and complex fruit character.”
Sharps’ Single Brew Reserve is designed to profile what they consider the best hops from each year. In 2013 this fell to the Czech superhop Premiant, known as Super Saaz. This was brewed using whole Premiant hop flowers with Pale Ale and Caramel malts for two months before bottle conditioning.