03 August 2008
Is this "dry-hopped" to you?
I'm hiding the identity of the subject of this discussion for now--I delayed publishing it in part to protect the possibly innocent, and perhaps in hopes of a more neutral assessment.
I was poured two cask-conditioned beer recently at a venue. One was advertised as dry-hopped.
The one on the right in the picture.
Yep. Those are fragments of pelletized hops in the glass.
Now, I hear a lot about sediment in beer now and then--people swearing by and at it. But what are we supposed to think about three-dimensional hop character of this nature? Have any of you ever seen it before? My personal guess is that a hop bag in the cask didn't do its job, or tore open, and/or the cask wasn't properly prepared or settled before the pouring.