Originally Posted by JRapp
Jayhem I get what your saying, If you wanted to truly showcase a hop cut back on that toasty/sweet to truly let the hops shine. Honestly the beer is amazing as is though, but I'm going to brew another batch in a few weeks(this time Amarillo), maybe I'll give it a try with reduced caramel and see how it turns out...but maybe not.
Dont fix whats not broken?
If you never change your recipe you'll never know if you might like it a little different. I have made my "House Pale Ale" recipe 7 times now and every time I tweak it just a little...eventually you find that you really like something more than the previous version of the same recipe and that is how Epic Beers are created!
One thing I have learned about pale ales: The hop flavor and aroma will be dominant for the first week or 2 after carbonation but then it will fade into the background and more of the malt will come through and it will taste about the same from week 3-10.
I have also learned that if you want maximum hop aroma and flavor you are better off bottling your beer and keeping the beer at 60-70F until you are ready to drink it. If you chill it only an hour or 2 before you drink it maximum hop aroma is retained. If you chill it for days or weeks before enjoying you will notice significantly less hop aroma/flavor.