Recently, a friend of mine told me someone he knew at work wanted to start homebrewing after tasting a few of the beers I made. I guess they really make it around
A few weeks passed and the other night my friend calls me up and told me to stop by so we can taste his friend's beer. It was a brown ale, a kit brew from what I understand, and we all agreed (myself and two friends, the brewer wasn't there) it was the most disgusting thing we've ever tasted.
First off, it didn't look like a brown ale at all. To me, it resembled the color, clarity, and consistency of iced tea. It was WAAAAAY undercarbonated and it smelled like canned peas! I'm not even kidding. The 3 of us all picked up on it at the same time and agreed on the smell. The taste was aweful. I felt like I was drinking the water from a can peas. There was absolutely no identifiable hops or malt taste: it was undrinkable.
I've never had an infection and I've only smelled faint DMS on one occassion, somewhat resembling vegetables but much more like corn. My initial reaction to the smell and taste was thinking that it was a severe DMS problem. However, after doing a bit of research I'm thinking it was an infection. Can anyone shed any light as to what the problem is? I looked in all my books and none of them talk about a "canned pea" resemblance. I'm sure he's going to be asking what I thought in a couple days and I'd like to give him some advice. He obviously needs to do some homework before his next batch...