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Old 03-19-2007, 03:31 AM   #11
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I'm trying the German Pale Ale right now...

Appearance: A nice dark straw, golden color with a small, tight head that disapated fairly quickly (but my pint glasses aren't "beer clean"). Very clear, especially for a bottle conditioned beer that got shipped UPS.

Aroma: I can smell the earthy aroma of the Saaz hops. Nice and fragrant.

Taste: Initial flavor is the saaz hops. Malty, a little sweet, just a little in the background. Carbonation is fairly low and mouthfeel is light bodied. Deceptive for a beer that is 6.5%

Overall: This beer looks great and has a great flavor and is quite refreshing. I think it could use a little more carbonation. If this were a stout, I don't think the carbonation would be an issue. Also, a little more mouthfeel might be nice, but maybe its just also related to the carbonation. It feels a little thin on my tongue and I want it to linger a little more. Maybe just a couple degrees higher mash temp (152) might do the trick. You got that thing from 1.057 to 1.008! That's some wicked attenuation!

Short Answer - The balance between bitterness, malt, sweetness and hop flavor and aroma is great. Carbonate a little more and bump the mash temp up slightly.


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Old 03-20-2007, 12:52 AM   #12
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Brewsmith....

Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed the brew, between your suggestion and Kai's, I'll have to make the beer again soon and see how that turns out, but I think I'm on my way to a nice easy drinking ale.
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TUCK.....have a chance to do any tastings?
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