Initially, this beer was meant to be brewed with extra-light malt extract, because I was shooting for a pale. When I got to the store though, they were all out and so my response was “Eh, screw it. Light malt extract is fine.”
Except it wasn’t quite, because I just continued with my ordinary recipe as though nothing had changed. That was an error on my part.
The hop nose isn’t too intense and with it is a strong undercurrent of malt. There’s a bit of yeast there too, almost like I have walked into a brewery, with a touch of bready warmth, as though the beer is still going.
The head on this beer is pretty thick and steady, too…which isn’t nearly as sexual as it might sound. Yes, I’ve probably ruined everything now. It’s OK.
Still, the steady foam top gives this beer a nice visual, like frosting on a cake.
The beer itself, I didn’t know what to do with. The malt qualities just run all over this beer, until the last touch of hop bitterness bushes it aside. That bitterness is juuust strong enough to endure a bit after the effervescence clears my palate. The finish has this interesting sparkle-bitterness happening but it wasn’t something I meant to create.
And I didn’t know what to do about that.
Sometimes, though, life steps in and throws a line, right? Or, I just buy a lot of different kinds of beer when I can.
Either way, it was about this time that I had a Deschutes India Red Ale and suddenly, my questions about flavor profile and style were solved! I had inadvertently made a an IRA instead and while it wasn’t identical, the Adaptable was still pretty close.
So I’ll take it as a happy accident and call it good.
Brew date: 1/11/17
5 lbs Munich
2 lb Sacchra
1 lb Carapils
Fermentables: 7 lb LME
1 oz Simco, .5 oz Galaxy @60
.5 Simco @ 30
.5 Simco .5 Galaxy @5
Yeast: Imperial Independence
Secondary on 2/3, added 1oz Simcoe to beer