Well ding-dong, those naughty boys from Ellon, Aberdeenshire are back with their single hop IPA series. Once again all the beers have the same malt base and come in at 75 IBUs, but it’s all about the different hops. Compare and contrast, if you will. This one showcases Dana, one of the new hops from Slovenia and not, apparently, the Irish singer. It’s something of a ‘funny’ hop, to my mind, and my experiences with it in cask beer have been somewhat mixed.
It’s the usual 330ml and weighs in at 6.7%. It poured with an amber hue and good carbonation with a lacy, off-white head. The aroma was spicy and vegetal. These traits translate into the flavour which develops an earthy, herbal tone before a very dry finish. Unusual it is, Yoda might say. Whilst lacking the clear, crisp flavours that many modern IPAs pack, it’s certainly not dull and worth a snifter or two.