Sunday, April 17, 2016

Foothills Brewing Hop of the Month Kazbek Pilsner

Here is yet another from Foothills Brewing. This is Hop of the Month Kazbek Pilsner, 5.4% ABV and with an IBU of 40. Foothills brewing have already brewed a pilsner in this series but it was with a different hop. They are using the hash tag hopswap on social media. That’s pretty cool. Kazbek is a hybrid hop bred from the popular Czech Saaz and wild hops that grows in the Caucasus Mountains (at the base of Mt. Kazbek). The Caucasus Mountains are located in Eurasia between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, and Mt. Kazbek is the third highest mountain in Georgia (the country west of Russia not the state north of Florida). Kazbek Pilsner pours golden copper color with a towering white foamy head that stays for what seem like forever. The aroma is much like a pilsner should be, you get a light and faint cracker scent but it is has a subtle floral note to it that is pleasant. There is a slight hoppy aroma to it. Taste is refreshing up front with a slight crispness, but then it become a little floral and hoppy but subtle, and toward the back of the mouth the hops come forward and the beer is a little hoppier. But as this Pilsner warms the hops become more present throughout. This Kazbek Pilsner has an earthy hoppy finish with a light crispness to it, that leads you into a nice short hoppy yet slightly grassy after taste. Well I am going to sound like a broken record, but this is another great Foothills Hop of the Month. Kazbek Pilsner is an A+. It was less hoppy than the other Pilsner in the series, not say that Foothills Mandarina Pilsner is bad. No it wasn’t at all. Kazbek is just not as hoppy. Both Pilsners are good, just different. I highly recommend trying Foothills Hop of the Month Kazbek Pilsner. It’s really good! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

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