This pale has got grain in the nose; caramel from the C45 malt. That malt is doing a lot of work here, making a pale a bit less paley. The finish is pretty clean-the effervescence persistent through the beer, making for a good palate cleanse. Sparkly, but not sparky on the finish.
Again, for a beer that is being served well past it’s time, I’m not picking up a lot of stale elements. There is a solid hint of bitterness on the finish, which also helps balance out the sweeter qualities in the nose and initial impressions.
I’m having to drink this beer a little quickly though; it’s warming up too fast. I don’t want to drink it in the bottle-that will mix the yeast up and might give me more off flavors that this beer didn’t earn.
But it’s got a nice set of flavors going on. Not bad!
Brew Date: 3/20/21
3lb Maris Otter
1 lb C45
Fermentables: 3 lb Dry Malt extract Pils
1 oz Amarrillo, .5 oz Bravo @60
.5 oz Bravo @30
1 oz Amarillo @ 5
Yeast: Imperial pub (3rd use)