28 May 2008

Southern Tier Hop Sun (NY)

Looking back, I see I didn't write about this one last year. This hoppy wheat beer is one of my favorite summer brews. It is filtered, pouring sparkling clear gold, with a sustaining its white head. The hops are Centennial, of grapefruit, but also flowery. By the standards of a wheat ale, it's bitter, but not at the level of most APAs, let alone IPAs. It clocks in at 36 IBU and just over 4% ABV. So it's not a blockbuster, but truly a beer for warm days. It also has a nice lemony sweetness to balance it out.

Southern Tier also produces Uber Sun, Hop Sun's heavier brother, but something is necessarily lost in the upgrade.

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