Originally Posted by duckmanco
Tasted my sample of American Amber ale.
Hit 1.013 FG (sample still had some co2 in solution, so it could be lower)
Tasted like a clean ferment, and slightly dry, and with .5lb or so or brown sugar in the recipe, it should be a drier amber ale. Should get kegged within a week or so and put on tap 2 days after that.
At this point early in the tasting/beer process, I can't see why I'd buy this over us05. I'm still reserving final judgment until after this beer is kegged and carbed.
Finally had a keg kick and a tap opened up, so after the third day or so of force carbing, this beer, although perfectly carbed is still quite green. The grain bill is similiar to NB's American Amber Ale but with 5% brown sugar subbed in for base malt, and hop bursted with Zythos hops - .25oz 40 min, 1 oz 20, 1oz 15min, 1 oz 5 min.
FG read 1.013 but this beer feels waaaayy drier than that, like 1.009 which could have actually closer to actual FG as I'm not sure if residual co2 threw the reading, or maybe the yeast was still active at 2 weeks into primary- although I doubt it.
Either way, this beer, while drinkable and clean, is pretty "..meh..." At this point. It tastes boring and smells boring. There is some slight caramel malt in the nose and almost no hops, same goes for the taste. Truth be told, the Zythos hop blend has been less than stellar anyway thus far, but I expected a bit more to come through given how many I used, and had previously tried them in a Zythos Summer Bitter and although the hop character of the blend was less pungent than I wanted, what character was there came through much better in that beer, even when using an English Ale yeast (wyeast 1469).
I'll go back to us05 for the next beer and see what happens, but at this point, I still can't see any reason to choose this yeast over us05, but would recommend anyone else try it just because. I'll try it again in another proven hoppy ale recipe just in the name of experimentation, but I doubt we need another dry Chico ale yeast. My .02
Edited to add****
- Just pulled 12 oz of this beer and let it warm some, as I'd left it alone for a few days wondering how it was going to change. Well this beer is changing, and clearing, but not in the visual clarity sense, but more in the flavor and aroma. The beer tastes clearer and cleaner with more hop character coming to the forefront than even two days ago. I'm picking up that familiar Chico hop push that's typical of the strain, which previously hadn't shown up using this bry-97. So far, I'm starting to like this beer more and more. We'll see.