I've been doing some hop reading and writing recently and so sources call particular hop varieties, mostly British, 'spicy', but I've never understood what that actually means...
It's not like chillis, it's not like festive spices, not Asian spices, so what is it?
I haven't found a good way of explaining it rather than the non-descript 'spicy'. I kind of get what it means as it's a tangy feeling - a sensation rather than a flavour - an earthy, peppery character, but I haven't got better than that.
Anyone got a better way of describing it or thinking about it? Or is spicy one of those words to put next to hoppy and malty on the list of beer terms which don't really mean anything?