Among the incredibly complex beer treatments that abound in the beer world, like so many chocolate coconut rum-chata porters, it can be relaxing to get down with a cold one that's relatively straightforward in its approach to flavor. This is exactly what's going on with the El Dorado Hoppy Wheat from Boynton Beach's Devour Brewing Company.
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No, this isn't a city made of gold, but an American wheat ale that's been brewed with only a single hop varietal; the El Dorado. It's an intriguing hop for a variety of reasons, including the fact that's it is a relative newcomer to the list of hops available for brewers. It was developed by CLS Farms, LLC in 2008 and released in 2010. It's considered to be fairly fruity, and (for those homebrewers out there) packs in a whopping 14-16 percent of alpha acids. In general, a higher percentage means a higher potential for bittering per gram.
Here, the hop shines through with its unique properties. The beer pours a cloudy golden color, with just under a finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aromas straight out of the tap are muted, but once it warms a bit, there is an exceptional aroma of berry and candy-like Jolly Rancher scents. On the palate, it hits home with a classic American wheat base, crisp and clean, and highlights flavors of melon, watermelon, and citrusy crispness. It makes its way as the perfect bridge between an IPA and a standard wheat.
This 5.5 percent ABV beverage is currently on tap at Devour Brewing Company in Boynton Beach, which is located at 1500 SW 30th Ave. #4. It's one of the many beers that head brewer Chip Breighner has concocted that deal with showcasing a particular aspect of a beer. Hop aficionados might also be interested in checking out the Azacca Pale Ale, which uses nothing but the mango-forward hop.
Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.