A New Year is Upon Us
Well got busy for the holidays. Tried the Apple Wine (is it permissible to not bother calling it apvelwein or whatever they do on the forums, oh well). It was good but sadly is not beer, it reminds me of Martinelli's sparkling cider (yes I carbed it). My holiday ale was fairly insipid to my taste, I used some orange and cranberry which sounded good but wound up tasting mostly like bitter orange to me, not too good. The regular amber was good though. I didn't like the nose on it that much, (but hey, that's what my mother said about me, badoom boom). I was concerned at first, but then I had a Stone Pale Ale and it smelled exactly the same to me, kind of a muddy malty aroma, so if Stone can do it, so can I. Taste was good with no off flavors but it wasn't *great*. I think maybe too high alcohol for the style and maybe too much body as well. No need to chew the beer. So now I'm working on an Arrogant Bastard clone and we'll see how that goes. The hydrometer sample tasted pretty good though.