Originally Posted by Snicklefritz
Kegged last night. Finished at 1.017 for a final ABV of 8.7%. May mash at 148 next time to eek out some more fermentables. Although I'm not sure how close I came to actually cloning Hop Ranch, it definitely has the same aroma and is pretty damn tasty.
Awesome! How is your bitterness?
I finally had a carbed up version last night - it's been in the bottle for 7 weeks at this point! I had major issues with carbonation and potential oxidation.
Mine finished at 1.014. It smells and tastes just like mango juice. The one I tried last night had been chilled for just over 24 hours - I was impatient! I normally wait three days. Anyway, it's still hoppy, but not the hop bomb it would have been a month ago. It seemed a bit too sweet - it's a little more like a tropical barleywine at this point. However, it's possible that as more CO2 gets absorbed into solution this week, it will mask some of that malt sweetness.
In general, it tasted good, but I can't even recall what Hop Ranch tasted like! Damn seasonal. If I do this one over, I think I'll increase my 60 min addition by at least 15 ibu.
On the plus side, it's very quaffable for a 9% beer - no hint of booziness.
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