Medicine Hat Single Hop Topaz

Reviewed by on April 7, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Medicine Hat Brewing Company

  • Origin: Medicine Hat, AB, CA

  • Rated On: April 7, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The latest in this brewery’s single-hopped pale ale series demonstrates the capabilities of the Australian Topaz hop varietal.

This 355ml can pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat chunky off-white head, which leaves some pockmarked limestone wall lace around the glass as things quickly fall away.

It smells of bready and biscuity caramel malt, some mixed red berry and citrus fruitiness, a hint of wet stones after a hard rain, and more leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, some muddled domestic citrus acridity, more mixed berry essences, and some testy leafy, herbal, and piney verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-assuring frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with the hops causing a minor transgression here.  It finishes trending dry, the malt and frooty hoppiness tangling to the end.

Overall – this is a pleasant enough example of what this particular antipodean hop can impart on an underlying brew. It holds its own with that complex, yet subtle fruity character, which makes it totally worth checking out, IMHO.

Brady White



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