On the docket: Green Flash Brewing Co.’s Pacific Gem Single Hop (American Pale Ale)
Poured into: 6 oz wine glass
S: Hazy honey-gold body that supports a nearly tan head.
A: Berries! Blackberry leads the procession, followed by a darker fruit note… black currant? Some woody note in there too, plus a cracker-like malt in support. Subtle, inviting.
T: More berries, in the taste. In addition, a white-bread crust shows up in a clean crisp malt. Ends quite fruity, rather than bitter and hoppy.
F: Medium-light body, average carbonation, but that’s ok. The flavors here are subtle and delicate- less scrubbing action needed.
O: My first experience with a Pacific Gem single-hop beer. Enjoyable, easy to session.
S: 3.75 A: 4.5 T: 4.5 F: 4.0 O: 4.25
Pairs with: Fruit salad, mild cheeses, chicken or pork with a berry-reduction sauce.