I just opened a Northern Brewer cream ale extract I bottled one week ago. I have to admit it is my favorite from my first 3 brews--and it's only a week old! I knew what I was brewing when I started-I wanted a lawnmower beer and it's dead on. 15 IBUs. But what got me was when I was boiling it with Mt Hood (60min) and willamette (1min) boy my garage sure reeked of hops! I thought oh no I over did it. But 4 weeks afterwards there is hardly a hop aroma/taste. Where did it go? I was expecting a little more when I got my nose in there. I guess what I'm saying is I hit what I was looking for but thought I had screwed up and made it way hoppier at boiltime. I guess a few weeks really mellows out the hopiness. Sure tastes different than the Hop Devils I've had since I brewed this one. It's going to be a great summer brew if it makes it that long ( I doubt it). Sorry for rambling but I actually experienced something with this brew that I hadn't with the previous ones I made.
"If I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football player, and you damn well better believe I would be a Pittsburgh Steeler."
-- Jack Lambert --
Bottled and waiting: Hop Attack in a Bottle (1st AG)
Bottled & Drinking: Litterbox English Brown Ale, Late Night Raspberry Wheat & Stubborn Cream Ale
Gone: SuperSteelers Irish Red Ale