Secrets of Hoppiness
When you love someone, you want to know everything about them. The same is true if your beloved is beer. Dave Selden, who sports a beloved hop vine tattoo, created this kit so you can taste and learn more about IPAs and other hoppy beers. Just pour four ounces of a brewski (mass-produced, non-craft beer is ideal) into one of the two specially shaped tasting glasses, add a few drops of the hops concentrate you want to try, and taste. Write your impressions in the tasting journal, which has a "hops flavor wheel" (with choices like "bitter," "floral," "citrus fruit," etc. on every page). Soon, you'll be chit-chatting about "lupulin glands" (the flavorful parts of a hops cone) and "piney notes" with the best of the beer nerds.
Four single varietal hops concentrates included:
Azacca®: notes of tropical fruits, especially mango and pineapple
Chinook: big-time pine and citrus aromas
Centennial: earthy, floral, and some citrus
Columbus: citrus and spice, dank and/or herbal