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Old 04-03-2007, 08:43 PM   #11
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...I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what but mine smelled a bit off. Not terribly bad just a hint of bacterial funkiness...
Well, that ain't right! I'm both puzzled and apologetic. Just my luck that one I'd send out would have this flaw! All the dozens of other I've had were fine - trust me!

I'd send you another bottle, but both it and the IPA are gone! I need to brew them again, as they go fast. But I have a Bock, a Wild Rice lager and my house ale in the pipeline. I'll send you one of those when they are ready to make up for this.

That said, I really appreciate your reviews. The stout, when it is right, is lighter bodied, along the lines of a non-nitro'd Guinness. And, as noted, the chocolate stands out.

The IPA is one I enjoy brewing almost as much as I enjoy drinking! The only thing I may change is cutting the roasted 2-row to 1-1/2 or 2 lbs.

Thanks for your critiques!
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Old 04-03-2007, 08:57 PM   #12
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Hey Rhoobarb. I apologize. I'll get on this.

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Old 04-03-2007, 09:12 PM   #13
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No problem. I was late sending it, so who am I to b*tch about anyone's 'lateness'!
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First of all a well thoughtout name and a history to the beer. This is always a plus.
Popped off the cap with a reassuring pop. Followed the direction for a slow pour and obtained a massive foamy head.

I let this chill a bit too much so I gave it a rest for a few minutes.

Even after a longish warm up l detected little to no hop aroma and just a hint of semi-sweet chocolatey goodness. Head retention was outstanding.

Body and mouthfeel was good with a pleasant carbonation bite.

Color was much darker then the deep dark ruby of a Guinness.

This beer is in the advertised Guinness bottled style right down to the planned acidity. This beer is right in my wheelhouse as I am a Guinness connoisseur.

There are actually many varieties of Guinness and getting a "Clone" right sometimes can be difficult because of this variety. Most people are only familiar with the can draft or from the tap. I've actually had the pleasure of having a few of their brewhouse versions that accentuate different aspects of the Guinness trademake flavor. There are also several different version of the bottled version that is dependent on where it is being shipped. It's really better to think of them more as a family of flavor.

My impression is that you are taken with the bottled tang and have chosen to accentuate it. Kudos! I'm getting that sensation but the chocolate aspects are balancing it out nicely so that you ARE NOT left with a sourness that some stouts can give you. I really like that.

I am in the process of converting to all grain and so I think that I will be taking a hard look at this recipe for future.

BTW if you are interested, my understanding is that the bottled version for Africa is intentionally soured. You may want to look into that as well.

Very happy to have had this beer. Thanks.

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Old 04-10-2007, 01:18 PM   #15
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Thanks for the review, olllllo! Glad you liked it!

Your thinking is correct; I was really trying for the Guinness 'tang', which is why I permanently added the acidulated malt to the recipe. IMO, you can still pick up that taste from the nitro'd version, but it seems a lot more subdued than in the bottle. If I can ever get my hands on the African version you mentioned, I'd love to try it. Although, it might be too sour for my taste. This version is about as far as I want to push it!

This is an easy AG recipe. I think most first-time AG'ers would be smart to do either a stout or a simple pale ale as their inaugural brew.

Hope you enjoy the Yellow Rose as much!
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First a giant apology.

I thought I had all of my beer drinking responsibilities taken care of, but what did I find at the back of my fridge (the food one) but Rhoobarb's Amarillo Yellow Rose IPA.

I had it sequestered there because none of my friends would ever look there for beer (they know where to go) and my wife is familiar with my "beer homework".

So with a few hours of Sunday yardwork behind me and several ahead, I decided to take a break.

Pour:
I poured vigorously and was rewarded with a 2" head that lasted throughout.

Aroma:
I inhaled until I hyperventilated to see if I could pick up the hops... Perhaps because I sat on this bottle for so long. I haven't used Amarillo hops for any of my beers yet, but I do have some in the freezer for future. I'll have to look in your recipe to see whether you dry hopped.

Appearance:
A little roastier in color like when I use extract (I know that this is AG). I'll have to look at the recipe to see if I can figure out why. (I'm learning). I've never been one to care much about color as long as there is clarity and this one is pretty good despite my greedy pour.

Flavor:
A good many of the IPA's I have made are either too malty (to the point where I call them CHPA - Cape Horn Pale Ale (never made it to India) or over the top with hops. This is a good match with a fair balance. I think the trend has pushed the style too far in favor of a hop-fest. It's a real thirst quencher too that made for easy drinking. Perhaps low on the carbonation bite , but in my particular circumstances (85° today), really hit the spot.

Overall:
I had to restrain myself from just putting this one away. I'll go back and look at the recipe tonite and I hope that I can discuss this one with you. I'm already into my 3rd IPA batch so, it might be awhile before I can get to this one. i need to get these Amarillos into a brew and this one might fit the bill.

Thanks for the fine Brews Rhoobarb.

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