This year’s take on my annual Elderflower Pale Ale. This year I used predominately English Fuggles and Goldings hops, but with a bit of Amarillo for some citrus.
Early tasting after 10 days in bottle shows a nice English IPA character with some grassiness and a bit of spiciness from the Fuggles and Goldings, and a subtle but distinct elderflower note. It has quite a good hop bitterness. It will be interesting to see how it develops over the next few weeks; I suspect the grassiness and bitterness will recede slightly and it will generally improve. It’s very different from last year’s version made with Cascade hops and neutral American yeast, which was a simpler citrussy pale ale. I just drank the last bottle of it and it was still very drinkable.