‘Beer of the Month’ is a regular series where our editors sample a unique craft beer. This month, our Guangzhou editorial team sampled Zhuhai-based 21 Jag’s Hops Typhoon American Pale Ale!
September is located smack dab in the middle of South China’s typhoon season, which means the month tends to deliver some pretty intense storms. With torrential downpour being the theme these days, what better way is there to celebrate typhoon season than with a hurricane of hops?
We’re talking about Hops Typhoon American Pale Ale, a fun and flavorful beer by the brewmasters at Zhuhai-based 21 Jag. From the hops-inspired design of the can to the tropical fruit aromas held within, this brew is your new summer favorite.
After cracking open a cold one, a hoppy scent fills the air and hits your nostrils like a lightning-fast jab from ol’ Floyd Mayweather. The beverage’s aroma, in many ways, reminds us of South Florida-based Funky Buddha Brewery’s Hop Gun IPA.
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Hops Typhoon APA is a well-balanced beer, with floral hints followed by a hoppy and bitter aftertaste. And it’s not just us who are keen on the craft suds – 21 Jag picked up the China Craft Beer Award in 2017 and 2018 with this unique brew.
Coming in at 5% ABV, this medium-bodied APA is moderately bitter with tropical fruit tones. It’s one of the more refreshing beers we’ve enjoyed so far this summer, especially when its ice cold and the centigrade is over 30 degrees.
If you’re looking to enjoy this hoppy nectar with good eats, we say go spicy. Hops Typhoon pairs well with Southeast Asian cuisine as well as Mexican dishes. And next time you find yourself in Zhuhai, swing by one of their two craft brew pubs – in Tangjia and at Geli Plaza – for some expertly crafted home brews and gin as well as great vibes.
21 Jag’s Hops Typhoon American Pale Ale can be purchased on Taobao for RMB300 per 12-pack by searching ‘21Jag台风精酿.’
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[Cover image via Ryan Gandolfo/That’s, Pixabay; compiled by Ryan Gandolfo]