We have the ninth attempt at a pale ale!
The nose is faintly citrus; almost like a good soap. The end also has a bit of this quality too, which might be an element of the hops. This beer isn’t terrible by any means but it faintly has a cilantro or soapy quality to the finish that is really keeping it from being one I can enjoy with relish. This could be the result of leaving the beer in primary too long, or it could be the hops and I suppose the only way to tell for sure will be to try it again.
On the other hand, this beer looks great-a really nice gold with decent clarity. There is a solid note of malt in the middle, so that part is holding. But I think the bittering hops need to be changed up: this finish is not what I’m looking for. I can see why grapefruit is so emphasized as the bittering flavor in IPAs but if I wanted “juicy” I would just buy OJ.
Brew date: 9/5/16
4 lb Full pint
2 lb Vienna
2 lb C15
Fermentables: 4 lb EXLME
1.5 oz Columbus @ 60
.25 oz Simco, .5 oz Columbus @30
1.5 oz Columbus @ 20
Yeast: Wyeast 1084 (3rd, final use)
1/2 tsp gypsum added to the wort
Yeast starter made, smelled very fruity
Secondary on 9/21, added .5 oz Simco