Originally Posted by DONTR1CKL3
What the 411? Decent?
Here's the deal...
I think this is a solid recipe from Austin Homebrew. The SRM, flavor and aroma are pretty right on. If I was going to use Jamil's standard for "is it a clone"... I'd have to say "not exactly". In other words if I brewed it again I'd change a few things. My general rule is that I never change the base recipe until I brew it at least once as it was designed.
I've timed this so that I could taste them side by side and while it's close, these are the things I'll change next time:
The instructions recommend mashing at 150. The clone version does not have a strong enough malt backbone. This is very obvious when tasting them together. Next time I'll mash a bit higher to retain residual sweetness.
Mouth feel is off... again I'd point to the mash temp needing a bump.
I'd also potentially knock the IBU's down a bit by moving some of the hops back. Also will add to the flavor profile.
Those things aside this is a great recipe and clone kit. This is a great beer and with some modification it will nail it as a clone. Hats off to AHB for putting it together.