Brewlander Hope Summer Ale (330ml)
Style: Golden Ale / Blond Ale
Brewed by: Kingdom Breweries (Cambodia)
ABV: 4.5% / IBU: 28
The key motivation behind this beer was to brew something which is perfect for Singapore’s tropical climate. I remember asking myself on different occasions what an ideal beer would be for watching sports games, cooling down on a hot afternoon, chilling by the pool, or having a barbeque.
I would be drawn to a beer that is under 5% abv, clean in malt profile, not too bitter with decent amounts of citrus and tropical hop aroma, and most importantly, it must be extremely thirst quenching and crushable (Drinkable)!
After having a general idea of how I envision the beer to be, I generally start on the malt department. In this case, I really want it to be clean and fairly neutral like a Blonde or Golden Ale but with a little more character instead of being “lifeless” or “soulless” like many commercial filtered lagers. We accomplish this by using a blend of base malt, with a low percentage of Cara-Gold from Crisp Maltings for colour.
To make the beer sessionable and quaffable, I’ve selected an ale yeast strain where fermentation byproducts are lager-like and low in esters, phenols, sulphur and diacetyl. This yeast stays out of the way and maintains a good balance between the malt and hop, producing a fairly dry and crisp finish.
We’ve back down the bitterness within range of 20ish IBUs, because the dryness will accentuate the perception of bitterness. For the aroma additions, we add a healthy dose of New Zealand hops (Motueka and Wai-Iti), because it adds a nice soft tropical note to the beer. We intentionally steered away from Pacific Northwest hops, which may be a little too distracting and assertive in a beer like this. Expect stone-fruit, apricot, gooseberry and zesty citrus in this beer.
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