We are proud to be part of the Bract Brewing Project, testing out experimental varieties grown by NZ Hops.
Pale Ale: the latest harvested NZ hop
After sell-outs for our last two Bract Project beers, we bring you NZH-105.
NZH-105 gives our growers an interesting option as the latest harvested hop. It won't be a big yielding variety for farmers but it fills a spot that nothing else is in, so it can extend harvest windows while still producing a sort after variety. It has a very unique character, I would almost say like a cross between Nelson Sauvin and Riwaka in the initial rub and smell tests. I have tasted a couple of beers with it and it has a ridiculously crisp up front taste.
- Brent McGlashen, Grower
We decided to trial NZH-105 in a single hopped American style Pale Ale. We kept the recipe simple to allow the hops to shine but used a slightly more expressive yeast than usual, to allow for more flavour play between the hops and esters. From rubbing the hops, the initial impression was big aromas of orange and passionfruit with a savoury dank note to follow. The bitterness feels soft, clean and crisp and the smell of the fermenting beer is fruity and dank. Very good first impressions and we look forward to using it more.
- Søren Eriksen, Brewer
Single Cans, 6 Pack or 12 Pack.
First hop off the rank is NZH-101. NZ Hops Ltd