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It’s not there yet, but it’s getting closer.  Hite Max, known as the only Korean beer that uses hops, has come out with the limited edition Max Special Hop 2009.

Now, I had thought that there was a shortage of hops worldwide this year.  Looking at the back, they Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand.  Doing some research, I found that Nelson Sauvin hops are a little unique and give a grape/wine-like aroma.

Personally, I found a little bit of a difference between this and regular Hite Max.  I actually was drinking both side by side (what else do you expect me to do on my staycation).  It’s a very subtle difference, but beer connoisseurs will catch a little more of a floral quality.  I’m guessing someone got a good deal on a boatload of these hops and is trying to squeeze the most out of the shipment.

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Maybe we’re seeing what direction Korean beer may go as it matures.  They’ll still be light but will emphasize fruity and flowery aromas.

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