Happy New Year! It’s been quite some time since my last review. Almost two months! Now that the holidays are over I found a little time to do a review of my latest batch. I primed this batch wtih 3.0 oz. of sugar. At bottling, the pumpkin pie favor subdued tremendously, making it much more palatable I think. After fermentation, it weighed in at 6.15% ABV.
I’ve been able to share this with a few friends and also brought a few bottles home for my parents. I didn’t write down their thoughts, but from what I remember, my friends didn’t pick out any spice flavors. I found that interesting because they were tasting it at its freshest. Although, they were drinking it straight out of the bottle so I think that played a role. I think drinking out of the bottle mutes some of the flavors because you can’t get as much of the nose.
Appearance - Fairly clear with a dark golden color bordering on orange. Some particulates. White head with little lacing.
Aroma - Faint spice aroma surrounded by malt sweetness.
Flavor - Spices take a bit more of the stage here than in the nose. I think ginger is flavor that’s easiest to pick out.
Mouthfeel - Carbonation is just about perfect with the bubbles dancing on my tongue and helping the spices pop a little.
Overall - I think this was a good first attempt at some sort of winter spice seasonal. The spice schedule should be tweaked, but as it stands, it’s an enjoyable glass.
This was my first batch where I added spices in the boil as opposed to in secondary or at bottling. This was definitely the most successful batch to date incorporating some sort of spice flavor so I think I will be adding spices at the boil from now on. If I try this again, I’ll tweak the spices a little to see if I can improve the flavor profile. But this was a good learning experience for utilizing spices in my small brewing repertoire.
P.S. Just before I left to go home for Christmas, I found 1.0 oz. of Motueka hops in the back of my fridge. Why I have extra hops, I have no idea, but I will try to utilize them for my next brew.
Until next time. Cheers!