I finally stepped it up and brewed a full size 5 gallon Belgian Pale Ale recently. It's only my 3rd brew. It's been in the keg 3 days and I have had two samples. I have a question about what it tastes like.
I screwed up and threw in the aroma hops at the beginning of the boil instead of at the end. So for a ~65min boil I had 2oz total of bittering and aroma hops in the kettle. When I taste the beer it has my usual off-taste that I keep getting. However, this one is SUPER bitter compared to my last 2 batches.
It's not the usual bitterness I get from IPA's, it's a strictly bitter bitterness if that makes sense. I get no citrus, pine, etc at all. It doesn't taste fresh. It tastes like yeast, a bit of cardboard, and super bitter. I accidentally turned my Belgian Pale Ale into a Belgian IPA without all the hoppy goodness. I think it's oxidized more than anything else. Thoughts? And yes I know I'm supposed to let it sit for 2-3 weeks in the keg.