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Old 04-01-2009, 10:41 PM   #1
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"He said he likes it, tastes really good, but there is something about it – caramel-ish taste, not bad but just not his kind of beer, but not a bad taste – kind of sticky.

Good aroma, good aftertaste, not too hoppy, its smooth, its good. He wouldn’t be disappointed if he got this in a restaurant. "


What do you think the "sticky" is from? Is it too high in FG? I believe it finished a little high but not off the charts.

The beer was an Irish Amber Ale.

Thanks for you input!

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Old 04-01-2009, 10:46 PM   #2
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I am not one who would generally bother with anyone's opinions about any of my beer, and personally a "caramel like" taste would be a big plus according to my own set of standards.

But if you're into competition craft, i couldn't say how bad this comment is really.

Are you brewing for yourself or running for contests?

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An excess of crystal malt, perhaps? That'll also cut into the attenuation. Maybe a little unbalanced - not quite enough of a bittering hop addition?

Being kinda sweet and caramel-ey and maybe not very bitter are all fine for the style, but sounds like the balance just might be too far towards the sweet. So, cut back on the crystal malts, maybe try and boost attenuation (mash lower), maybe a little more bittering hops for balance.

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Let's see the recipe. My initial thoughts are too much crystal malt and an under attenuated fermentation.

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I am not one who would generally bother with anyone's opinions about any of my beer, and personally a "caramel like" taste would be a big plus according to my own set of standards.

But if you're into competition craft, i couldn't say how bad this comment is really.

Are you brewing for yourself or running for contests?
I would like to eventually enter contests. Right now brewing for myself.

I took a chance with the Agentine Cascades 1oz and also used Kent Goldings 1oz and it sounds like it didn't pay off. I may have to edit that.

I also used 4lbs amber dry malt extract and I may cut that down. To just using all light malt extract (total 6 lbs) and go for more color from using more speciality grains. Maybe this will help.....Any thoughts?
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I think he's very specific about beating around the bush.
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Let's see the recipe. My initial thoughts are too much crystal malt and an under attenuated fermentation.
I will have to go home and get it, I am still at work.

Went something like this:

4 lbs Dry Amber Malt Extract
2.5 lbs Dry Light Malt Extract

Steeped:
8oz Carmel
8oz Rosted Barley
4oz 2 row
I'm forgetting the last grains used

1oz Argentina Cascades - 60
1oz Kent Goldings - 45

White labs - Irish Ale

That is pretty close I think. I made this one up on my own and had some left over grains around from my previous two batches.
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People who can't be direct with their opinions shouldn't have one. Did that sound harsh? I think it sounded harsh.

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People who can't be direct with their opinions shouldn't have one. Did that sound harsh? I think it sounded harsh.


What am I missing? The original "review" sounds like how I might describe a beer that I thought was pretty good but maybe a little unbalanced. What are you expecting?
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What am I missing? The original "review" sounds like how I might describe a beer that I thought was pretty good but maybe a little unbalanced. What are you expecting?
I guess I took the review to trying to express something they didn't like, but being afraid to directly put it out there.

I guess it is harsh, but I like having direct input when it comes to things. Directly stating that you like the beer, but then directly stating the things that you dislike about the beer. The original review sounded like they really weren't sure if they didn't like anything about it.
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