A less-than-awesome shot of the belgian IPA I bottled today.
The first thing to know about this photo is that this beer represents the end of the carboy. The cloudiness of this beer is misrepresented in this shot-while filling bottles it seemed quite clean. There’s an excellent spiciness in the nose, not unlike mulled wine or hot cider.
The beer drinks pretty smoothly but the finish is where things seem to go off the rails. There’s a dirty flavor at the very end. It doesn’t even show up until the beer has been swallowed, and then there’s this moment: wait, should I really have put that in my mouth? I may have made a very poor decision here.
This does not bode well. However, it could be due to an abundance of yeast in the beer I’m drinking, or other undesirables that come in at the bottom of the beer, it could be that after a few weeks in the bottle it will clear up, that the flavors will shift as the beer is kept under warmer temperatures for a little while, or it’s possible that I messed up somewhere, and this beer isn’t worth drinking. We shall see.
What’s really weird is that the Brewer’s Calculator is telling me that this beer is 7.84% by volume! It doesn’t taste like that–but maybe it really is that strong, and the alcohol is throwing off the flavors too. I have to admit, after a couple sips it doesn’t seem so bad, so maybe the high alcohol content is a good thing.