Tonight, we went to dinner at Medici in Normal because I wanted to go here for my birthday last week, but we couldn’t get in. They have a pretty good menu, and a selection of about 30 or so craft beers on tap. I felt like a hoppy beer tonight with the stone-oven pizza I ordered, so I went with this one.
Location: On tap and served in a tumbler style pint glass at Medici in Normal, Illinois.
Numbers: 7.3% ABV, 82 IBUs, 15 SRM, ~230 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s amber in color and fairly hazy, with a thin, but creamy head on it, which produced some good lacing and had good retention. The aroma was mostly citrusy hops.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is somewhat smooth and creamy. The flavor up front is fairly sweet with some caramel-honey maltiness and some citrusy hop juiciness. The citrusy and piney hop flavors take center stage in the middle and grow in bitterness in the finish. The hop bitterness is slightly sharp , but just as it peaks, the maltiness comes back through in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This was a pretty hoppy beer with mostly citrus and piney flavors and bitterness. It went pretty good with my pizza, and would probably also pair nicely with a thick, juicy burger as well.
Overall Impression: I enjoyed the citrusy and piney hop flavors and bitterness, although it bordered slightly on being a bit too harsh of a bitterness in the finish. I liked that the maltiness came through, both up front and again in the aftertaste. However, with a name like Hop Nosh, it’s the hops that stand out. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good beer that I’d definitely have again.