Back in craft beer’s early days, when IPA was synonymous with bitterness, there were four American hops that anyone serious about making modern craft beer brewed with. Cascade, Centennial, Columbus and Chinook (or the Four Cs,) were all known for their distinct notes and when used as a combination, were a wonderful way to make a West Coast or classic American pale. Fast forward a few years and the citrus and tropical combination of Citra made it one of craft’s top hops and today you’ll find it included in many lists of those classic C hops.
Fox Friday’s core range Pale Ale is a celebration of four out of five of those Cs, with Cascade dropped but Chinook, Citra, Centennial and Columbus doing plenty of heavy lifting. It pours perfectly clear and provides a mix of pine, zesty grapefruit oil, some more floral and earthy notes and a big bitter finish.