From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Fresh Hop East Van SMaSH (Simco)” the latest India Session Ale in their Single Malt and Single Hop series of beers. The beer pours a light straw colour with a white head. The aroma consists of stone fruit, passion fruit, sweetness, mild malts, floral and grassy hops. The flavour is of and a very mild bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 30ish according to the brewery. This might be one of the better vehicles for fresh hops in the beer world. The beer is not expected to be a huge hop bomb when it is an India Session Ale and works quite well. Its my third fresh hop beer of the year and my favorite so far.
Commercial Description: Pine and resin aromas might make you think we harvested these Simcoe hops from a forest. But they were cut down in Toppenish, Wa, and then hurried across the Cascade Mountains to get their fresh flavours into our kettle. Take a sip and note the sophistication that British Golden Promise malt provides as a counterpart in our refreshing single malt and single hops session ale.
From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their new “Wet Hopped SMASH” a wet hopped single hop single malt beer. This beer is a pale ale but I mistakenly poured it into an IPA glass. The beer pours a golden colour with a while head. The aroma consists of grain, tropical fruits and some earth. The flavour is of lemon, tropical fruits, sweetness, grain, earth and some hop oils. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8%. Although not a complex beer due to only one hop and one malt used it is a pretty nice way to train your pallet on flavour and aroma.