Since 2012 Natalie and Vinnie have been eyeing experimental hop HBC-692 at the experimental hopyard at Select Botanical’s in Yakima, WA. It particularly struck a chord with them because of its distinctive pink grapefruit aroma. One of the highlights of the their annual trip to Yakima for hop selection is “rubbing” or smelling this hop. We chose to brew an India Pale Lager to really showcase the hop character. Apical Dominance has a beautiful grapefruit and melon aroma, with mild bitterness, and a lingering finish.