The Single Hop series from Cahaba Brewing Company has been a favorite local beer of mine for its simplicity and educational value. Instead of brewing a traditional hoppy beer with multiple different varietals of hops to create a complex flavor and aroma profile, Cahaba has chosen to focus on a series of beers that showcase a single hop varietal. Since the introduction of Single Hop #1, which was brewed only with Centennial hops, they have also released the Cascade, Bravo and Zythos single hop series. Cahaba has resurrected the Centennial hop as their choice for Single Hop #5. Known for its floral and citrus characteristics, the Centennial hop has an English background as it is derived from Brewer's Gold, Fuggle, East Kent Golding and other hops.
Cahaba Brewing Company Single Hop #5 (Centennial)
Aroma: Crisp malt with hints of toasted bread. Low levels of caramel malt sweetness. Lemon peel and huge floral aromatics generated by the Centennial hops. Reminds me of summer seasonal blossoms.
Appearance: Golden straw color with honey hue light reflections. Fine-bubble white head that falls to a thin coating. Clear but not brilliant transparency.
Mouthfeel: Washes over the mouth with a present hop bitterness that is complimented by a low-medium malt body. Has a higher than normal protein content which gives the beer a fleeting creamy texture.
Flavor: Subtle toasted bread with a beautiful Centennial hop compliment of lemon rind, dried orange peel and floral bouquet. Well balance malt and hop flavor as it is not assertively bitter as to distract from the Centennial hop flavor.
Overall Impression: A perfect accessory to a hot summer day in Birmingham, the Single Hop #5 is a well-balanced beer that is very complex in flavor regardless of only having one hop varietal.