Pints for Prostates

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Tasting Beer #1 !!

We tasted our first homebrew today!! Four bottles of the Extra Pale Ale were in the refrigerator overnight and it did not take much encouragement today to wield the bottle opener and pour a glass.
Extra Pale Ale
Appearance: Light golden color. Thin foamy head when pouring, which dissipates and leaves a small ring of foam along the glass edge and foam lacing in the middle. Carbonation visible beneath the surface.
Foam Lacing
Smell: Orange. Grapefruit. Hops. Good aroma for not doing any dry-hopping.

Taste: Tastes like an American Pale Ale (e.g., Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale). Strong hop flavor with some bitterness. Citrus flavors. As it warms I can taste a hint of a vinegar taste. When it was colder I wasn't sure if it was an off-taste or not. As it is, it just makes it tastes like it was poured in pub.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation. 

Overall: I think it's great! Smells like a pale ale and tastes like a pale ale. Bold hop flavor and good carbonation. Flavors change as it warms. 

I think the extract kit delivered on its promise. And, as far I can determine, our brewing process was good enough to not to screw it up. In the end, we have a beer that is just as good as what can be bought at the store or beverage center.

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