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Old 03-22-2007, 03:03 AM   #11
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Thanks, this was supposed to be a session brew, and the honey malt was an addition I made to try to get a sweeter brew for SWMBO. Glad you like it, and can't wait to hear abut the others from you and the other guys.

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Old 03-23-2007, 01:03 AM   #12
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IPA

Appearance
A nice golden-orange, a little hazy. Thin white head diminished quickly to a spotty skim. A nice color.

Aroma
Moderate floral and citrus hop aroma. A little malty sweentess. A little bit of pine in the nose as well. A very inviting aroma. Not in your face, but still distinguishable.

Taste
Initially moderate hop bitterness and medium hop flavor that lasts into the swallow. There is a hint of malt throughout the background, providing a nice balance. Light hop bitterness lingers through the swallow. A low piney character, but nothing crazy, I think that is Chinook as a finishing hop.

Mouthfeel
Carbonation is medium-low, could be a bit higher. Mouthfeel otherwise is good, mediumbody and rather drinkable.

Overall
I think you've put together another good recipe. I think as far as IPAs go this one is fairly balanced, which would allow me to drink a few.

The piney hop flavor is not my favorite. The good thing for me was it was subtle. I attribute that to chinook hops as a finishing hop, I only like chinook for bittering. There is certainly nothing wrong with that, it is purely my personal preference.

My only suggestion would be a bit higher carbonation, otherwise thanks for a tasty brew. Too bad I've only got one left, but I'm looking forward to it.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:22 AM   #13
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Thanks for the feedback. I think the beergun is to blame for the low carbination. It is great out of the keg. And yse the Chinook gives it the piney thing. I plan to rearrange the hop schedule if I brew it again.

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Thanks for the feedback. I think the beergun is to blame for the low carbination. It is great out of the keg. And yse the Chinook gives it the piney thing. I plan to rearrange the hop schedule if I brew it again.
Like I said nothing at all wrong with the pine flavor, some people love it. That's just one I don't care for.

But thanks again for the beer. I'll have the APA tomorrow or Sunday probably.
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Old 03-23-2007, 03:04 AM   #15
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I'm drinking the IPA...
and it is quite good!

Pour: Nice carbonation upon opening the bottle and I was able to get a nice head but it dissipated quickly. I'd call the carbonation on the high side.

Appearance: A tad dark for style maybe but I don't mind. Quite a bit of haze and again, I don't mind.

Aroma: Very citrusy hop aroma. Not room for much else in there.

Taste: This beer is loaded with hop character in bitterness, flavor, and aroma. It is however nicely balanced with the malt.

Proximity to Traditional Styles: I would call it an IPA but I'm no expert. I've never been a hop head so I haven't had too many IPAs to compare.

Overall: Nicely done beer that has no off flavors. The combination of hops and malt that this beer has is very tasty to me. I may not be a hop head but I'd go for another one of these if you twisted my arm.
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Old 03-25-2007, 08:54 AM   #16
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The third and final beer: The Pale Ale

Appearance: Relatively dark, looks more like an amber ale, but that's how homebrews go sometimes. Didn't get a lot of head even with a semi-aggresive pour at the end. A thin white ring is lingering though.

Aroma: Really fruity aroma, almost like a belgian ale. Noticing an estery character to it for sure. A creaminess, almost, in the aroma, a roundedness.

Taste: Aha, the hops are in front, but a lot of caramel sweetness as well, then that fruitiness as well, and a good amount of hoppy bitterness in the finish, although the caramel lingers as well.

Mouthfeel: A bit thick, carbonation seems a bit light. Surprisingly heavy considering that you used pacman and the FG was only 1.012

Overall: Honestly, this one seems a bit off target. For a pale ale, the flavor and body both seem a bit heavy, and it's sweeter and maltier than I would expect for the style. It's not a bad beer, but it doesn't match my expectattions. Of course, the last beer I had was a DFH 90min, and I'm already a bit drunk, so I could be spouting nonsense. Looking at the recipe, this is pretty close to your IPA. I think I might lose the honey malt for this one; I'm not sure if it's a good fit for the style.

Thank you very much for sharing your beers with me. It was a pleasure to drink and critique them!

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[QUOTE=RichBrewer]Tonight I'm trying the Cream Ale

Pour: Nice carbonation upon opening the bottle and I was able to get a nice head that stayed throughout. Nicely carbonated.

Appearance: I would call it dark for a cream ale but a very attractive and cristal clear beer. Not a trace of haze in this one.

Aroma: Light citrusy hop aroma with I nice maltyness in the background.

Taste: Nice maltiness balanced by hop bitterness that does not stay on the pallet. A hint of hop flavor but the malt dominates. Nice medium body and no off flavors.

Proximity to Traditional Styles:
This is not a cream ale but it is a very good, well made beer. I would call it a Special Bitter or an ESB.

Overall: Very well made beer. clean and very tasty. If I were making this beer the only thing I would change is the category. I'd call it an ESB.

That beer hit the spot tonight.
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Old 03-31-2007, 01:44 AM   #18
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Before our friends arrived for the evening I had to try your APA....here it goes...


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APA

Appearance
A very nice copper color with good clarity. A nice thick white head with lots of lasting power and nice lacing. I think the appearance of this beer is the best of the three you sent.

Aroma
The aroma is moderate to moderate-high caramel sweetness, rather fruity, and bit alcoholic, with a little honey. The hop aroma is nice, moderate-low citrusy hop aroma.

Taste
The taste is initially rather sweet, but is quickly overcome by a moderate hop bitterness and moderate-high hop flavor. Toward the swallow and into the aftertaste I pickup a common flavor in your three beers, I think the honey malt.

Mouthfeel
The mouthfeel is rather smooth and silky and surprisingly full bodied. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall
A nice beer to look at and a lot going on in the nose, I like both of those. (By the way, what temperature did you ferment this beer at? It’s rather fruity, but not in a bad way.) The flavor is pretty good. I think the honey malt combined with the hop flavor gives the beer an odd finish. I see all three beers you sent had honey malt. I’d like to try all three without the honey malt. I never have had many beers with honey malt before, but I suspect the flavor it imparts is not one of my favorites. It seems to fit better with the other two beers than this beer.

I also agree that the body is a bit much for the beer, although you got 81.5% attenuation, so I’m a bit surprised that is the case.

Jon, I want to thank you again for the beers. They are all solid brews and I’m glad I got to enjoy them. My biggest suggestion would be to lose the honey malt in the APA and brew again, but that is if I was brewing, just throwing some ideas out there. Thanks again!

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It's the Pale Ale tonight...

Pour: Nicely carbonated. I was able to get a 1/2" creamy head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Appearance: The beer has a very slight haze and is a nice copper color.

Aroma: Citrusy hop aroma up front with a nice maltiness peaking through. The combination is quite nice to my nose.

Taste: Assertive bitterness followed by a wonderful malt presence. Very nice balance.

Proximity to Traditional Styles: I'm no expert but I would definitely call this a pale ale. Just a skosh more hops and it would be an IPA.

Overall: This is a very good beer with a perfect malt/hop balance. This is the best of the three beers to me and I thought the other two were quite good. If I were brewing this for me (and I might just brew it) I would decrease the hops a bit. This is only my personal preference and I'm sure most beer lovers would enjoy it just the way it is.
Thanks for sharing 3 very good beers Pirate Ale. I enjoyed them very much.

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Old 04-05-2007, 03:23 AM   #20
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First,let me say that I am elated with all of your comments. As a rookie it feels good to know that I am on the right track. I really appreciate all the feedback.

Now that you have had a chance to taste them, let me tell you my thoughts.

I am not a fan of my cream ale. Although it is a good bear and came out wonerfully colored and clear, the taste wasn't quite what I was after. I will probably do it over as a lighter, less biscuity, session beer if I do it at all. Most of my samplers like it, but I am so so on it.

The pale ale was my first attempt at trying to do my favorite style, and I loved it. it came out good, but not great. I will brew it again, without the honey malt, and will tone down the cascade a little. I will also do late extract addition to lighten the color a little, but overall it was my crowds favorite. It was also my first dry hop using Glacier hops,which I loved. (thats why they are in my 777 recipe ) My buddies nicknamed it Deisel fuel for the color and the kick it gave at super bowl.

The IPA was third in the list and the last I brewed prior to the swap. It came out with less IBU than intended due to my mistake on water volume. I miscalculated and wound up with 5.5 g instead of 5g when the brew was ready for primary. Needless to say, I was bummed a little, but realized that I would still have a great Pale Ale even if it didn't fit the IPA specs. Of the three,this one has now become my favorite. It has aged more in the keg, and OMG it keeps getting better. I bottled a few for long term storage and am gingerly sipping on the keg to make it last. This one I won't change and will brew again this summer, with the same volume of water and try to repeat it.

Overall I have loved sharing beer with you guys, and look forward to the next swap. This forum and all the people on it make the homebrew experience even better. Thanks Again!

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