Made with Ed

My friend Ed has always had an interest in world events. A non-Americentric view of the world, if you will. So with that in mind, while he was visiting last month I thought it would be nice to try a really standard ESB, a straight up, British pale, no nonsense from the sidelines.

So that’s what I did. He assisted a bit and now I get to enjoy the beer, sadly without him.

Still, here we are!

esb homebrewsThere’s a nice yeasty/bready scent to this one, which is followed up by a pleasing caramel flavor. It’s polished off nicely by a finely carbonated end and honestly, there isn’t much more to say than that.

But the thing is: It’s a really solid beer and I feel good about not having to try and make it sound like the second coming of fermented beverages. It’s good: I can give it to strangers and they’ll enjoy it! That’s good enough.

Recipe as follows:

Date of brew: 5.12.12

Steeping Grains
1 lb ESB
1lb Victory

7lb LME

1.25 oz Crystal hops @ 60
.5 oz Citra @ 45
1.5 oz Crystal hops @ 30
.5 oz Citra @ 5

Laurelwood ale yeast 2nd use

FG: 1.014
TG: 1.012 (ish)

Notes: Made a sugar solution and put yeast in it to start it up–Laurelwood yeast gotten and used once so, hoping to give it a push

Pitched yeast into a slightly cooler solution-75ish.
ABV: 7.60%

OBF Wrapup

I want to start off with the good: everybody at the OBF who I met or dealt with was friendly and pretty cool. I even started talking to a man who was visiting from Pennsylvania, tagging along on his wife’s business trip. He asked me about a cool day trip and I told him to go to Mount Hood, then circle around to Hood River. Pretty awesome! Plus, the weather was really mild, which is a pretty nice boon at the end of July.

There was a pretty severe issue though: The serving mugs stunk, smelling of some unholy mixture of corn and rubber. I started telling people that it was like having to sniff a robot scrotum, if that gives you any sense of what we were dealing with. Worse: rinsing the mug out didn’t seem to help until at least halfway through my day!

As a result, I have to qualify nearly every beer I drank here: I either couldn’t smell it, or held my breath so I wouldn’t smell it because the mugs were so awful. That was a problem as you can see from some of my notes, starting with:

Dogfishhead: Positive Contact
Nose is really weird, milky ish? It’s light drinkable and has a hint of Saison spice to it. The style was listed as an experimental lager and I think it suffered greatly in my mug.

Maui Brewing: La Perouse White
Nice flavor very light fruity in a good sense. The style was witbier and I could sense there was something pleasant about this beer but again, the mug overrode some of my senses. (It was at this point that I talked to some other people and found out that everyone was having an issue with the mugs.)

Flying Fish: 16 Wild Rice IPA
I liked it! First beer I could smell, with a nice piney scent. I picked this one up because 1) it’s from New Jersey and 2) they brewred this beer with wild rice, brown rice and white rice, along with some base malts. I’m pretty sure that this let them have such a  hop forward beer yet somehow the rice holds it together. That is not something I would ever have expected.

My notes say the FF was the sixth beer I tasted and I could still smell robo scrote. Just sayin’.

Double Mountain: Goliathon
I wrote: “Velvety mouth and yummy Belgian thing.” They listed this beer as a Dark American-Belgo style and that probably sums it up well. I believe I went for this specifically because of what I saw on my Twitter feed on Friday. It was around this point that the mug I had was starting to lose it’s evil robo sex smell. By then, I’d washed it out with hot water, twice, borrowed from the Oregon Brew Crew’s brewing demonstration.

Odell: St Lupulin Extra Pale
I dig it! It is a really good pale NW style, meaning it was overhopped. Still tasty though. At this time, I also sipped on Prodigal Son’s American pale and found it vegetal and did not like it at all.

Red Rock: Elephino Double IPA
I wrote: “look you bring a double IPA to the NW motherfucker, you’d best bring the ruckus!
There’s no nose here! OK otherwise and a nice finish but double IPA? No.”
We’ll say that I was feeling my oats at this point and move on, shall me?

Full Sail berliner weissFull Sail: Chris’ Summer Delight Berliner Weiss
I wrote: “Good on them for a very different ale. It’s tart qualities at the finish really do help and crazy enough, make it feel summery like lemon aid.” This was a nice beer to finish out on; not to heavy or boozy and as the day was getting much warmer by now, the refreshing qualities of this beer really stood out.