Named for the 13 eastern seaboard colonies which eventually made up the nascent United States, this beer from the Empire Brewing Company in Slaithwaite Huddersfield, makes good use of American hop brands.
It’s a growing trend. The time was when the overwhelming majority of British beers derived their flavours from hops grown in the south of England, in Kent and Sussex, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. These reliable brands – names like Goldings, Target and Fuggles will probably be familiar to most beer lovers.
But the craft beer revolution both here and in the states, has driven a new hop industry, as new strains have been cross-bred and developed, offering flavours and bitterness hitherto unimagined. The Yakima Valley in Washington State has taken on similar status in hop growing that is held by Burgundy and Bordeaux in grapes.
Galaxy and Citra hops create this rich and fruity amber 5.1% ABV ale, with a determined creamy head, whose malty breadiness on the nose is blown away by cherry and grapefruit on the palate. It develops some interesting dusty dryness in the finish, just urging you to try more.