One of the reasons that I enjoy single hop beers (or other beers that showcase a particular hop variety) is my love of homebrewing. I enjoy developing my own brewing recipes, but I occasionally get stuck in a rut with my hop selections. I have a few standout hop varieties that I tend to use in all of my hop-forward beers, Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, Cascade, etc., but I am always on the lookout for new types of hops that can add different flavors and aromas to hoppy beers. Most brewers focus on single hop IPAs, it’s a hop forward beer and anything with the letters IPA is pretty much guaranteed to sell. I actually prefer single hop American pale ales, the lower bitterness, alcohol and malt content really allows the hops to shine. One of the newest releases from Long Trail is Stand Out, an American pale ale showcasing the Equinox hop. Stand Out is a spring seasonal release, and is a perfect fit into Hoppy Boston pale ale month. Long Trail Stand Out is available on draft and in 12 oz. bottles this spring.
Long Trail Stand Out pours a hazy copper with a small white head. The scent is a solid dose of fruity and floral hops. The Equinox hops lead the flavor, notes of orange, peach, mango, herbs and grass along with a refreshingly crisp bitterness. This is balanced by some light malts, crackers with a touch of honey. Stand Out is super light and easy to drink, not too boozy at 5.2% ABV. The finish is crisp and clean with some lingering hop flavor that keeps you coming back for more. Equinox hops are a very interesting variety, I will keep them in mind for future brewing sessions, and I definitely recommend that you give Long Trail Stand Out a shot. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5
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