A Note on This Beer
Aroma: The delicate scent of honeysuckle and white wine grapes breeze the nose along with grassy, dank notes. Taste: Sticky apricot, crushed gooseberry, and nectarous wildflower honey drench the palate while the crisp malt bill adds a buttery, biscuit backbone. Mouthfeel: Flaked Oats give this hazy masterpiece a touch of silkiness for a pillowy-soft mouthfeel.
For all of you OG hopheads out there, consider today's Counting Clocks IPA a necessity in your craft education!
See, this hazy uses hyper-fresh buds imported all the way from New Zealand of one of the most in-demand hop varieties in the world: Nelson Sauvin Hops.
What makes these buds so sought-after?
- There are super limited quantities: New Zealand only harvests 800 metric tons of hops per year, which is minuscule compared to other hop-havens like the U.S. and Germany who harvest closer to 30,000 metric tons a year.
- Getting them fresh is a challenge: As anyone who has made the trans-Pacific flight down under knows, it’s a pretty freaking long trek. Getting these hops fresh in the States is a challenge, and pricey.
- Flavors you’ll find nowhere else: The unique terroir and cool climate of New Zealand's Nelson region impart white wine and gooseberry characteristics seen in no other varieties.
This coveted bud deserves center stage in any beer, and the Haze Masters at Pennsylvania’s Levante don’t squander a square inch of flavor with this treat — every sip of Counting Clocks is a full-blown full-nelson on the palate!
Speaking of full nelsons, that’s exactly what Levante has been doing to other New England powerhouse breweries. Their Hazies defeated Treehouse and Tired Hands in a Blind Taste Test of NEIPAs by HopCulture!
And Counting Clocks is a testament to the brewer’s expert recipe curation. They also added classic Amarillo and Citra Hops to complement Nelson’s vinous notes with a slight citrusy kick.
Remember, today’s beer is an essential tool in your beer-education. Score this rare hopbomb and show off your fancy-pants cicerone knowledge to anyone that will listen.
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Packaged On August 13th, 2019