Hop Sun

New York
United States
Southern Tier Hop Sun
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Make Hop Sun part of your summer survival kit, and no amount of heat or humidity will get you down. This summer thirst-quencher is not your average wheat ale. Light and slightly dry, it is the addition of fresh hop flowers after fermentation that adds a necessary kick on a hot summer day. Hop Sun is mild enough to be a refreshing summer offering, but has just enough of a hop profile to keep your taste buds tingling for another sip. Wheat, barley, and hops coalesce in this superb session ale, a telltale symbol of fun in the sun. Summer never tasted so good.

FOOD PAIRINGS: Particularly tasty with fresh mozzarella, berries, gazpacho, light picnic fare, BBQ.

AVAILABILITY: Spring/summer / 12oz (6pk and 24 bottle cases) / 1/2 keg, 1/6 keg

Profile

ABV: 
5.1%
Served at: 
45 - 50° F
Judges Review 
Pete Garofalo's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Pungent, resinous hops greet the nose with traces of pine amidst the leafy, vinous essence. A low malt presence helps to support the pear and berry esters. Flavor follows suit, starting with a piquant hop character that is impressively fresh and appealing. Cherry and berry esters spring from the hops, which are firmly in control. Grainy sweetness brings the flavor into balance, but the finish and aftertaste are dry and resiny. This beer is a hop showcase – from the huge hop nose, through the emphatic yet clean bitterness, to the lingering flavor from start to finish. Wheat provides a subtly appealing softness.