When you have found a commercial beer that you want try and brew a similar beer, what do you do to figure out the recipe? Is it just something that comes with experience of tasting and deciphering ingredients or is there a way for a new guy to duplicate a beer? My wife and I were in Charleston SC last weekend for a wedding and after the bartender at two restaurants told me the only beer other than crap was some " nasty beer " (said with southern draw). My immediate answer was "give it to me!". It was one of the best beers I have had. Palmetto Pale Ale and its only available in the Charleston area and I'm already priming the wife for a "family trip" down there so I can buy a couple growlers of the stuff. The aroma is probably the best part. Smells like when you stick your nose in the bag of hops before tossing them in. The taste is not extremely bitter but definitely hoppy, but is a floral taste of the hops. Its hard for my limited beer knowledge to explain the taste and the brewers website is very basic. I'm close to emailing them and just asking for the recipe. Here is the brewers site: http://www.palmettobrewingco.com/index.html
Any help is appreciated.