People like to think that hops just bitter our beer... thats not even the half of it.Our hops add all kinds of amazing qualities to our Beer. Not just bettering but everything from fruity to citrusy to even grassy flavours. Changing the quantities and the time that we add them can completely change the flavour of our beers. Not only that but hops also have a preservative quality that can help extend the life and flavour of our beer. If you like craft beer its probably a love for unique hops that you have, predominantly the flavour you taste in a craft beer that makes it different to your normal VB's and Carltons is the hops.
Hop flowers (above) are where all the goodness comes from in our beers. They're dried, vacuum sealed and sent to breweries all over the world. The taste and aroma of the same hop will vary from country to country. Which is why we might use a US Cascade in one beer and an Australian Cascade in another.
Hop's can grow up to 30cm a day in peak. They are classed as a rhizome (similar to a bulb) and will lay dormant over winter shooting in the spring.
A red ale is a form of pale ale that is categorised by its colour. There’s still debate around the fact of whether or not a red ale is really its own class of ale or whether or not it falls under the umbrella of English bitter. A red ale is categorised by a slight sweetness and tea-like flavours. It has a light hop and toasted malt flavours, making it a well-balanced beer. It is made with a high proportion of pale malts and often contains caramel colouring to give it its signature red hue. It is often that red ales will have a dry finish. These beers are very easy drinking, as our very own Tim Martin will tell you from personal experience!