Twelfth beer of Christmas 

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me hops from yakima Valley 

Yakima gold by crouch Vale brewery from Essex is the type of beer that got me into real ale blonde and hoppy straightforward and easy drinking,  what sets this example (a finalist in Camra real ale in a bottle 2016) is the abundance of amarillo hops grown in the yakima Valley that lends it’s name to the beer. It has a amazing depth of flavour for a single hop beer really showcasing my favourite hop it has a earthyness at first and a great fruity aftertaste. 

Unfortunately the demand for this humble hop is far more than the supply so it may become very hard to find amarillo in such a simple unfussy and clean beer in the future,  we are already seeing the popularity of them give way to new Zealand’s fruity hop varietys however the UK has a great cross polenation project trying to make these big flavoured hops from yakima Valley happy to grow in the tyne Valley (try jester ipa from Marks and Spencer for a example of UK grown American tasting hops that didn’t exist a year ago). 

Overall a very drinkable straight ahead golden ale showcasing a slowly disappearing hop that’s worth celebrating  

Bottles available from beer hawk 

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young ale drinker and camra mamber blogging about the north east beer scene