So, this was the first homebrew I drank this year. I’m getting by on a technicality but I’m OK with that. It took this long to get to this beer, because I had an abundance to drink and just didn’t get to it until March…so I keep that in mind as I review it.
The nose has an old hops scent. It is similar to what I get from fresh hop ales that have been around too long. Almost vegetal, and it is a little off-putting.
Still, given that the beer is three months old, that’s not too bad.
Fortunately, the flavor profile improves upon the first impression. The caramel malt gives this pale a nice counterweight, and the finishing bitterness doesn’t have any trace of the nasal qualities. It’s just a solid bitterness.
If I’d been drinking this beer in January, I bet it’s freakin’ excellent. Still, that it’s this good now speaks well of the change in my process and I’m definitely keeping this up for the future.
Brew date: 12/22/19
5 lb Ballad Munic
1 lb Caramel 5
2 lb 2 row
Fermentables: 4 lb ExLME
1.5 oz Ekuanot @60
.5 oz Ekuanot @5
Yeast: Imperial House