With so many different hops available these days, it's impossible for each homebrewer to brew all of them single-handedly. Jim's Beer Kit is a great place to read what worked for other homebrewers, but it's especially handy when commercial brewers do this "dirty-work" for us. I taste every single-hop beer I can find, and post ratings to Ratebeer, which serves as a handy online resource whenever I need to remember my impressions of a certain hop. It occured to me these thoughts might benefit other nerdy homebrewers on this forum too.
Disclaimer: these are my own subjective opinionated conclusions, based on just one sample, at one specific moment in time. I am frequently surprised by how much another brewer's results differ, even using the same single hop variety. Your mileage may vary, and I certainly don't think my taste buds are superior to anyone else's.
Summit Union Series #1: Meridian Session Ale
From my Ratebeer ratingCommercial Description: Summit kicks off the new limited-release Union Series with Meridian Session Ale. Inspired by Belgian Enkel (single) style ales. Drinkable yet distinctive. Simple in design yet complex in character. Brewed with a single malt, Concerto Pale, that’s a rising star in the UK and a new hop variety called Meridian that was actually discovered by accident in Oregon. Of course, we called it Meridian Session Ale for a reason. So don’t let the whole single-minded thing keep you from ordering another round.
Aroma: 8 out of 10, Appearance: 4 out of 5, Taste: 9 out of 10 , Palate: 4 out of 5, Overall: 19 out of 20
Total Score: 4.4 out of 5
Tasted from a 12oz brown bottle from Cost Plus World Market, poured into a tulip glass. It poured a hazy golden amber colour with thick fluffy white foam, long-lasting with lace. Very cool hoppy impression: hints of blueberry, melon, mint, earthy and peppery, even a little garlicy in a good way, reminiscent of Northern Brewer but with increased fruity nuances. Grainbill provided a nice, light, husky whole grain maltiness, clean and crisp, faint biscuit and toast, just a little residual sweetness. Light body, moderate carbonation, well-rounded mouthfeel. Extremely smooth and well-balanced, especially considering it’s a Single-Malt-And-Single-Hop recipe. An absolutely beautiful session beer, the perfect balance of drinkability and complexity. One of my favourite beers of recent years, almost unbelievable this contains only three ingredients!