Topaz hops were originally released by Australian growers back in
1985 as a cross between Australian and English varieties, but for
decades were grown solely for their Alpha Acid content (alpha acid
is the compound in hops that contributes bitterness to beer).
It wasn't until about 10 years ago that craft
brewers began to notice the great aroma
and flavor potential of these lovely flowers.
Like many other Southern Hemisphere
varieties, Topaz is big and bold with a solid
earthy spiciness. Its high-alpha origins
shine through, contributing a sharp,
resinous bitterness that floods the palate.
As your mouth recovers from the initial
wave of intensity, softer, more subtle flavors
begin to make themselves known. Tropical fruits like passion fruit
and lychee are often described playing along side a clove-like
spiciness. The finish lingers, as flavors of pine resin and cut grass
fade gradually between sips.
Topaz is another excellent, well-rounded addition to our Single-Hop
series, and we look forward to drinking a glass (or three) on an
autumn Nor Cal evening. Cheers!
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American IPA6.9% ABV77 IBU
Stone Brewing Escondido, CA
Available at a few places nearby
Medium malt character with a heavy dose of over the top hops. Generous dry hopping gives this beer its abundant hop aroma and crisp hop flavor.
American IPA7.0% ABV70 IBU
Ballast Point Brewing CompanySan Diego, CA
Available at very few places nearby
With so many tropical hop notes in Sculpin, how could we not try adding juicy pineapple? The fruity flavors and hop intensity packs a punch!