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Old 05-21-2009, 08:44 PM   #11
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Default Iechyd Da's English Mild

Plan to do a sampling of all the Kölsch beer at once to do a better comparison. Just haven’t found the appropriate time. Last night I felt like an easy drinking beer before dinner so I grabbed Iechyd Da’s English Mild. Except for only having one bottle, it turned out to be a great choice.

Cosmetically, the beer had me sold at the pour. Opaque, with a dark red hue. Creamy off-white head that slowly retreated to about 1/16” and lasted through the tasting. Beautiful lacing. Light malt and carmel aroma with a small amount of fruity esters along with some toasted grain. There was a very nice chocolate toffee like flavor balanced with just the right amount of bittering. Slightly astringent and dry finish. All the makings of a great session beer.

Chip, congratulations on this one! Thanks for including it in the swap.
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:09 PM   #12
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I' sampled (finished) everyone's beers they send (excluding MMB's 9-9-9 barley wine, which I'm saving until the magical date). I sampled all three kolsches the first week I had them and kept scores on a BJCP sheet. Then I samples the extra beers over the next week and just kept notes. Then I re-samples all three kolsch to make sure my first look BJCP's were on and made some adjustments. I'll be posting the scores/notes a little later on....

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Iechyd Da's English Mild:
Clear (meaning no haze) dark brown with ruby tones. Pours with a light tan/off white head. Carmel and biscuit aroma with a slightly fruity (plum?) background. a very little slightly floral hops aroma, almost indetectable. The head dissipates to a ring at the surface and laced all the way through. Carbonated appropriately fot the style. Slight nut and dried fruit at the back. A very nice example extremely sessionable (too bad he only sent one!).

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Iechyd Da's Dusseldorf Alt:
I'll start by saying I've never had this style before this sample.
A clear (no haze) deep amber color with fluffy off white head. Slight fruity aroma with no hops present. A clean taste with slight bitterness. Head laces nicely throughout. As it warmes an earthy bitterness developed. There is a cripsness and drying on the tounge as the flavor develops. This is a very good beer. Please post the recipe, I'd love to brew it some time.

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I also recieved and reviewed MMB's Amarillo by Morning IPA in his recipe thread over here:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f69/amar...ng-ipa-112687/

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RICLARK's Kolsch using the BJCP score sheet as a guide:
Aroma - 8/12
very faint aroma consistent with the style. Clean and slightly floral

Appearance - 2/3
Nice deep golden color with white head. Slightly hazy.

Flavor - 17/20
Crisp with a slight fruitness well balanced with slight dring finish.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Soft mouthfeel, meduim carbonation to style

Overall Impression - 8/10
A fine example. You can tell the recipe was his and has been brewed before.

TOTAL 39/50

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MMB's Kolsch

Aroma - 9/12
Very light aroma slightly fruity and a little like white wine/champagne. A slight floral hops aroma.

Appearance - 2.5/3
Clear but not brilliantly so. Nice bubble show with light white head that quickly dissipates to a slight ring.

Flavor - 17/20
Clean and balanced. Slight hoppy bitterness balanced with a dryish pilsner sweetness.

Mouthfeel - 3/5
Crisp but soft on the tounge. Med-med high carbonation.

Overall Impression - 9/10
Very tasty brew. Refreshing and crisp.

TOTAL 40.5/50

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Iechyd Da's Kolsch

Aroma - 8/12
pils and hops cope through very lightly. Fairly pronounced fruitiness.

Appearance - 2/3
Clear bordering on crystal. Nice white head.

Flavor - 16/20
A first silghtly to the sweet side, but bitterness lingers. Slightly warming (possibly carbonation) lacking some softness. Balances more and malt comes through as it warms.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Crisp and slightly drying on the tounge bordering on being overcarbed.

Overall Impression - 7/10
An enjoyable brew.
Reminded me of mine but better in terms of a drynes I felt I was lacking.

TOTAL 37/50

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Thanks GWR. I'm happy with how that IPA turned out. Late hopping FTW!

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