Fresh Hop week is in FULL EFFECT.
“Ain’t nobody dope as me I’m just so fresh so clean
(So fresh and so clean clean)” – Outkast ‘So fresh, so clean’…
Obvious title is obvious.
I’ve had one Persephone selection before, I believe it was one of their Pilsners. I was already pretty drunk when I had it so I didn’t try to review it, because that wouldn’t yield a proper review. I tend to love all beers the further in to the realm of drunkenness I travel. But I do remember rambling about its positive qualities to anybody that would listen.
It pours a bright yellow amber with a fleeting half finger of eggshell white head. Turned out to a small collar with minimal lacing.
The aroma is grass, flowers and lemon drops. Not a delicate aroma, it’s quite the hoppy slap of odors. I’m anticipating a paint-thinner level of bitters in this brew.
The flavors are flowers, lemon, mild cracker backbone and a slight earthy/dirt note. Fairly straightforward, and surprisingly not too bitter at all. It’s actually very pleasant and mild for an IPA. Rather than an expected increase in bitters, it actually has a bit of a ‘bell curve’ as I go through the glass. Mild at first with a growing intensity that abruptly falls off at the aftertaste. Very well balanced.
The mouthfeel is rather crisp for an IPA, with a good amount of carbonation. Has a medium kind of feel to it, almost like a slightly heavier Pale Ale.
3.5/5 A centennial hop display case that ebbs and flows in intensity. Heavy in aroma, medium in bitterness. Not bad at all.