Originally Posted by slc10
i know the IBU rating was suppose to be in the 45 range according to the instructions which should be bitter. is this what REAL India pale ale tastes like and im just accustom to mass produced beer or did i do something wrong. the other question i have is that it has a little chill haze although the beer is really clear otherwise.
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It's impossible to know what IBU's are actually in your beer
without laboratory analysis. Given that the AAU's for your hops
are an average for the bale, and that the precise way that you
hopped it, including the intensity of your boil, aren't going to be
the same as the guy who formulated the recipe, you could easily
have a lot more IBU's in the beer.
Most people aren't used to the freshness of homebrew. All
the packaged beer you have been drinking has been drunk at
various ages, and hoppiness decreases RAPIDLY with age, and
I mean just a few weeks.
I'm not even including the effects of drinking out of a glass
instead of a bottle, drinking at a temp warmer than ice cold,
the effect of lower carbonation both initially and after pouring
it into a glass etc etc.