Greetings readers! It’s been a few weeks (or a month) since I bottled my latest batch. The first version of that recipe suffered from a foamy pour, a bit too malty, and a harsh alcohol taste. To alleviate those problems, I toned down the malt extract amount, changed the hop schedule (and hops!), and primed with slightly less sugar (3.5 oz.). So let’s go down this 5.0% ABV rabbit hole:
- Appearance - It’s a nice dark golden color with a white head. It doesn’t foam up excessively like the previous version did. This particular bottle I’m critiquing didn’t get much of a head, but I poured it a bit too gently. Other bottles have poured beautifully.
- Aroma - The Citra hops give a nice aroma. Fruity, slightly sweet, with a bit of a tang at the end of the nose. The malt or yeast don’t seem to be very present here, but that’s perfectly fine in my opinion. Pale ales should showcase the hops.
- Taste - The citra gets the ball rolling with a bit of tangy grapefruit. This doesn’t linger too long though and soon gives way to a lightly malty sweet finish. With the hop bitterness remaining throughout.
- Mouthfeel - I think that this beer is versatile enough to handle the multitudes of spring weather, straddling that middle ground. It can be light enough to be refreshing on those warm days, but also provide a bit of warmth and comfort on those rainy, chilly ones.
Overall, I think this is an improvement over my first iteration of this recipe as it doesn’t suffer from the major flaws I identified in the first batch. So in that regard it’s a resounding success! From here, I think it’s smaller tweaks to make it better. It’s not perfect, but that just means there’s room for improvement.
Until next time, cheers!