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Meridian hops, a serendipitous discovery in 2011, have quickly become a favorite among brewers for their unique aromatic profile. Originating from a chance growth at Goschie Farms, Oregon, these hops were initially believed to be the Columbia variety. However, upon closer inspection and genetic testing, it was revealed that they were something entirely different. Named "Meridian" after the county road adjacent to Goschie Farms where they were first discovered, these hops have a distinct and captivating aroma and flavor profile.
Meridian's sensory profile is clean and devoid of any spicy, grassy, or resinous notes. It predominantly delivers citrus and fruity aromas reminiscent of berries, such as blueberry and blackberry, with more nuanced minty undertones. This hop's "top note" aroma is intense yet fleeting, making it an excellent choice for dry hopping to accentuate a beer's aroma. It's especially effective when used in tandem with other hops, amplifying the aromatic potency and creating a vibrant, inviting scent that leaps from the glass. While Meridian is versatile enough for various beer styles, it shines exceptionally well in beers with higher esterification fermentations, complementing and accentuating the fermentation aromas. Contemporary saisons, witbiers, and farmhouses are particularly enhanced by this hop. Additionally, IPAs, APAs, and hoppy lagers can benefit from its inclusion, either on its own or in combination with other hops.