Portland Brewing is ready to launch a new beer for the summer season, a beer defined by its use of a single hop and single malt in the recipe.
The beer is called S.M.A.S.H Pale Ale and it’s actually a re- release of a beer from the past, but with a slightly altered recipe. This stripped down beer is brewed using El Dorado hops and head brewer Ryan Pappe says that changing the hops is a great idea, not just for taste, but for educational purposes.
“Changing which hops we use is such a great way to educate one’s palate about the slight differences.” Pappe says, “The El Dorado hops we used this year lend subtle notes of tropical and stone fruits, which pair well with the rich, bready malt base of the Goldpils Vienna.”
Last year’s S.M.A.S.H Pale Ale was brewed using Simcoe hops with the same Goldpils Vienna malt as a base. The 2016 release was the second year in a row that the beer was brewed using Simcoe hops. It received such high praise that Portland Brewing decided to bring is back. This year, however, the decision was made to experiment further and now El Dorado will replace Simcoe in a beer that is certain to please the palate every bit as much as last year’s version.
S.M.A.S.H. Pale Ale will be sold in six packs, 22 oz. bomber bottles, and on draft throughout the Portland Brewing distribution area. Get it while you can- it will be available only through September and once the 2017 El Dorado hop version is gone, it may never return.