This was the second to last amber ale I made in 2018; the year of ambers is almost over! So what we got?
There’s a good nose; rising bread scent, yeast and malt and I like it.
The flavor doesn’t quite hold up though, which is a little disappointing. It isn’t bad, but I was hoping for a little more malt character in there than I’m getting. There’s a roasted note, that doesn’t suck but it’s wiped out pretty had by some serious carbonation. The mouthfeel on my tongue is all sparkly, and that means the beer isn’t as smooth or drinkable.
It’s not a disaster by any means! I don’t hate this. I just was expecting a little better.
Brew date: 10/13/18
1 lb C60
1 lb Special Roast
1 lb C20
Fermentables: 7lb LME
Hops: 1 oz Golding, .5 oz Nelson Sauvin @60
Yeast: Imperial Darkness (2nd use)
Continuing the marijuana series of 2018:
The marijuana smell is in the nose-it’s tempered, but it’s definitely there. I suppose the process has blunted the intensity of the marijuana a bit, but that’s not a bad thing. That I don’t pick up much else is a bummer-I’m expecting a more one dimensional ale now.
I tried a different method of hopping; putting in two ounces of hops at flame out (when one stops boiling the wort) but it doesn’t seem to have had the impact I wanted. Perhaps more hops were necessary? I don’t want to just default to ‘well if it doesn’t work, MORE’ but on the other hand, I doubt it will hurt to try.
Visually, it’s pleasantly clear but a little busy from the effervescence.
One thing that I think makes this beer a little more interesting is the addition of rye malt: this version is a little dryer and a little spicy as well. It doesn’t taste like I’m chewing on marijuana leaf, so that’s a definite plus, but I think it may be time to really mix it up.
Brew date: 6/30/18
1 lb Carapils
2 lb 2 row
1 lb C20
1 lb Vienna
2 lb Golden promise
.5 lb rye
Fermentables: 5 lb ExLME
2 1/4 oz Pale Blue Dream, 1 oz Centennial @ 60
1 oz Falconer’s Flight, 1 oz El Dorado @0
1/2 tsp Gypsum (pre-boil)
1/2 tsp Irish moss @5
Yeast: Imperial Flagship
1 oz Calypso in secondary