Pacific Jade is a relatively new hop variety developed and released by the New Zealand Hop Research Program in 2004. It is currently featured in Westbrook's Single Hop rye pale ale series. Color-wise, this beer is on the lighter side for a pale ale. The aroma is very sweet and floral. Due to the hop's soft bitterness, the beer finishes at just 35 IBU. There's no detectable pine, but instead lies heavily on the citrus side, with a lot of orange, clementine and a bit of lemon in the flavor. The added rye malt gives the beer a spicy, peppery character that rounds things out a bit more. In a small way, it sort of reminds me of a saison but without the funk. Even though it's a bit on the sweet side, it's very refreshing. It paired very nicely with some homemade sushi, balancing well with shrimp tempura inside and the nori (dried seaweed) outside.
Westbrook Brewing Company of Mount Pleasant, SC makes some really delicious beers, including their year-round IPA and White Thai (Belgian style wit), Covert Hops (black IPA), and the insanely awesome Mexican Cake, brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks, and habanero peppers. Be sure to stop by their tasting room if your travels bring you to the Charleston/Mt. Pleasant area!