New Image Single By Choice: Motueka
What the brewers say
Single Hop Series NE Style Pale Ale with Motueka hops.
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Fresh-squeezed orange juice, grapefruit pith, tangerine, a touch of banana-peel fruitiness, pineapple and lemon dominate with more floral character on the retronasal. Light wheat malt sweetness in the background.”
Flavor: “Smooth and creamy with a muddled juicy citrus and berry presence. Chewy mouthfeel throughout with a slightly sweet finish. Very low bitterness.”
Overall: “Although it’s very fruity, the spiciness seems slightly out of place and doesn’t quite offer the balance one might expect. While good, it’s not as concise or direct as some of the best in the category, which may be a function of hops quality as much as recipe. The round mouthfeel gets in the way of some of the more interesting hops flavors. Rather average for the juicy New England style but still easy drinking and chewy. Maybe pushes the limits a bit on how much haze you can pack into a pour.”