REVIEW: Hop harvest ale has legs

Beer reviewer Ric Oram samples Emerson’s celebration of the annual hop harvest, the Harvest Fresh Hop Ale, and tests Green Man’s improved Pils.

If you like the smell of buttered popcorn or butterscotch, you will be disappointed to know that Dunedin brewery Green Man’s Pils (5.4%) now has a fresher aroma.

Previous batches smelled of diacetyl, which is naturally produced early in the fermentation but which usually disappears by the end of the process. The brew is now being allowed to rest before bottling, allowing the butter/butterscotch smell to dissipate.

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