Originally Posted by paulster2626
And just took a reading and sample. It's effin delish!!!
Fermented a little more than expected so my "hot dog ale" is actually around 5.25%. Gonna dry hop early and rush this one it's so good. Another win for the paulster and his pearl malt.
And finally, bottled it last night after a good 5-day cold crash.
Filled up a couple 2L and carbed 'em with a carb cap, and man oh man, it's good. I could sell this. Great hop aroma, quite a lot of initial bitterness which subsides with further sips, and very smooth and satisfying. If someone was looking for an example of an American IPA, this is what I'd give them. It'll be interesting to see the difference in taste compared to the bottle-conditioned ones in a few weeks.
Glad I didn't stick with the de-facto BJCP guidelines! Moral of the story: NEVER be afraid to do your own thing, even when it's just a simple SMaSH!