Up next for tasting notes is Summer. This is a fairly new Australian variety that I picked up on a whim because the description intrigued me. The pellets I used were 5.9% AA from Austin Homebrew Supply. The pellets had an herbal/noble-type smell with some sweet spice and some faint floral/fruit notes.
The aroma of the finished beer had notes of
vanilla, leather, and earthiness. It also seems to really enhance the
bready/toasty munich malt character.
On the palate I picked up cedar, vanilla, some dry spiciness and woody notes. Bittering level was moderate.
was really surprised by my results with Summer. It was nothing like the
apricot and melon descriptions I had read. I'm really not sure what to
make of it, but the hop character I was getting from this beer is quite
unique. It would fit in really well in English styles, but I could see
it working well in dark beers, wood-aged beers, Brett-aged beers. I'm
actually tempted to dry-hop a dunkelweizen with it as well. I'd be
interested to see how this blends with other hop varieties.