Today, after 4 weeks and 4 days of brewing I did the first comparison sampling of this SNPA clone:
1lb Carmel 20
1lb Pale 2row
@67C for 45min
3lb light Dry Malt Extract
3.3lb light LME
1oz Perle 9% 60min
1oz Cascade 4.6% 15min
0.75oz Cascade (whole in bag) 0min
0.75oz Cascade dry-hop
color: mine came out much darker. I knew this from BeerSmith. But I was using Carmel 20 instead of the Carmel 40 suggested by the recipe printed in BYO. Next time I have to try it as AG since I will have a better control over the color this way.
aroma: mine didn't have any significant hop aroma even though I dry-hopped it for 11 days with 3/4oz Cascade in the secondary. I placed the hops on top if the beer. SN doesn't mention any dry-hopping for their PA.
taste: there is this flower-like hop taste in SNPA, that was missing in my beer completely. This is to me the identifying character of SNPA and I definitely would like to know how to get it. They say that they use Cascade as finishing hops, so did I
bitterness: mine seems to have a harsher and more lingering bitterness than the SNPA. Getting the IBUs right seems to be difficult anyway since there are so many factors that we don't account for when calculating bitterness. I also didn't have the Magnum, so I was using only Perle.
misc: there seems to be some astringency in my brew that may have been due to over sparging. I will be watching this from now on more closely.
conclusion: I hit the target of an APA
, but I definitely didn't come very close to SNPA
. Though time will improve the flavor a bit, I don't expect it to do wonders for me. I know what to change for everything but the unique floral flavor of SNPA. Is this just Cascade used as flavoring hops??