My next tasting was Enigma. This is a new Australian hop that I got through Farmhouse Brewing Supply. The pellets clocked in at 18.1% AA.
nose of the beer had a bright citrus/fruit aroma up front. There was a
lot of complexity in the background, with woodsy, spicy, dank and piny
aromas all present to one extent or another. The aroma was really big
and bright, and had a really familiar "hoppy" character, for lack of
better description. It reminded me of really peak quality Simcoe.
flavor had big citrus and pine notes, almost giving the impression of
fresh spruce tips. I did pick up some onion - nothing comparable to
Summit, but still over my taste threshold. The bitterness seemed smooth,
with some resin notes that fade out on the finish.
descriptors I've read for Enigma lean towards red fruit (raspberries,
red currants, etc.), but I'm not getting much of that. What I am getting
still tells me that this is going to be a killer IPA hop, though.
Although I did get a bit of the dreaded onion in the flavor, the bright
hop aroma is too good to pass over. I'm looking forward to brewing an
IPA with this in combination with some other hops in the near future.