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Old 14-01-2017, 10:05 PM   #11
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I think for DoJ that's practically a shandy
Tis indeed

I'm really getting a taste for uber roasted malts but with belgian yeast and candi sugar. theres a fantastic Belgian stout out there like that, but I can't remember the name.

I may have the name of it on a receipt from the beer supermarket somewhere

p.s. many thanks for the review makes me want to nip down the shed for one

no worries about the return beer anything over 5% gratefully received.
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Yassim - RIS - 8% - 48
Duvalex - 100% extract triple-8.55% - 35
Ale Cid - golden ale/cider hybrid-6.7% - 1
Who's Garden? - belgian wit-5.58% - 1
Seasons to be cheerful pt 2 -Saison-7% - 2
King Kong - Big black Belgian Quad-12.86% - 10
East vs West - Belgian RIS-9% - 20
Risky Business II-8.2%- 7
Stealth triple-7.22% - 1
Ris-ky business-10.37% - 3
Sleighed in Belgium-9.3% - 3
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Old 18-01-2017, 10:07 PM   #12
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I had a left over bottle of the very nice "Bowl of Wheatos" weissbier by @jceg316 which placed 2nd in the December competition so thought I'd polish it off tonight. Hopefully he doesn't mind me posting a quick review here.

Aroma
Bready with plenty of clove phenols and light banana.

Appearance
Huge fluffy head, hazy golden colour.

Flavour
Nice grainy wheat flavour, some soft fruity esters, and a light hop bitterness in the finish.

Overall Impression
A very refreshing, light beer which would be a great thirst quencher on a hot day. The yeast derived flavours come through nicely and are very well balanced. The bitterness has actually diminished quite a bit from a couple of weeks ago giving the beer a much better balance. Overall I'm very happy with it and it went down very quickly tonight, good job

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Old 19-01-2017, 03:51 PM   #13
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Thanks for the review. Time is a great healer for homebrew, and I'm finding this batch is quickly disappearing.
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Old 19-01-2017, 07:30 PM   #14
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Thanks for the review. Time is a great healer for homebrew, and I'm finding this batch is quickly disappearing.
that's a cracking looking wheat. Top marks!

For some strange reason I keep brewing these 'ahem' low abv wheat beers for a bit of balance
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Ale Cid - golden ale/cider hybrid-6.7% - 1
Who's Garden? - belgian wit-5.58% - 1
Seasons to be cheerful pt 2 -Saison-7% - 2
King Kong - Big black Belgian Quad-12.86% - 10
East vs West - Belgian RIS-9% - 20
Risky Business II-8.2%- 7
Stealth triple-7.22% - 1
Ris-ky business-10.37% - 3
Sleighed in Belgium-9.3% - 3
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This is my review of a much anticipated black IPA courtesy of @Leon103

Aroma
Punchy, citrusy hops with a big hit of chocolate. Delicious.

Appearance
Looks fantastic, beautiful black colour with a hint of red when held up to the light. Large creamy head with excellent retention. Top marks for appearance, my blurry pic doesn't really do it justice.

Flavour
Plenty of roasty malt flavours, dark chocolate and coffee with a long dry finish. The hop flavour isn't as big as the aroma would have suggested but it is well balanced, coming across as a little floral and citrusy. Good level of bitterness. Medium carbonation, very smooth.

Overall Impression
Despite the 7.2% this is very easy drinking, the alcohol is well hidden. The balance is very well judged, not overly bitter and the the roasted flavours work well with the hop choice. A very good beer indeed. I don't have much experience with black IPAs so I have no idea how it holds up stylistically, not that that matters in the least, but I reckon if this were entered into a competition as an American porter it would do very well, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for the swap

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This is my review of a much anticipated black IPA courtesy of @Leon103

Aroma
Punchy, citrusy hops with a big hit of chocolate. Delicious.

Appearance
Looks fantastic, beautiful black colour with a hint of red when held up to the light. Large creamy head with excellent retention. Top marks for appearance, my blurry pic doesn't really do it justice.

Flavour
Plenty of roasty malt flavours, dark chocolate and coffee with a long dry finish. The hop flavour isn't as big as the aroma would have suggested but it is well balanced, coming across as a little floral and citrusy. Good level of bitterness. Medium carbonation, very smooth.

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Despite the 7.2% this is very easy drinking, the alcohol is well hidden. The balance is very well judged, not overly bitter and the the roasted flavours work well with the hop choice. A very good beer indeed. I don't have much experience with black IPAs so I have no idea how it holds up stylistically, not that that matters in the least, but I reckon if this were entered into a competition as an American porter it would do very well, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for the swap

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Thanks for the kind comments Steve. Will be making this again but making it a bit more sessionable. Overshot my efficiency on this. Looks good in the glass.
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Thanks for the kind comments Steve. Will be making this again but making it a bit more sessionable. Overshot my efficiency on this. Looks good in the glass.
Got a recipe knocking around?
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Got a recipe knocking around?
In my brew day thread. I did add a hop tea when bottling but I think it was 5g of cascade and citra that I had knocking about.
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I'm rather excited by tonight's beer. It's a clone of Stone Ruination, one of my favourite DIPAs, sent very kindly by @DoctorMick

I just so happened to have a can of the real thing and the good doctor said he didn't mind me doing a side-by-side comparison. Now this isn't to see if his is “as good”, but rather to see from a curiosity standpoint, what the similarities are. He mentioned that the recipe he used is most likely an older one, not the current one used by Stone, so it may not be that similar.

Tbh that matters not in the least, as long as it's a good beer. I have attempted many clone brews over the years and never once come close, but the resulting beers have (usually) been pretty good, which is more important.

The first one is Mick's brew:

Aroma
Citrus fruits, herbal, deliciously hoppy.

Appearance
Hazy amber colour (probably my fault for only giving it a day to settle). Poured with a beautiful fluffy white head, excellent retention.

Flavour
Beautiful hop flavours, floral, citrus coming through initially, with a soft well rounded bitterness. The balance is very good. There is a ton of bitterness in the finish, but there is enough of a malty backbone to keep it smooth.

Overall Impression
A very delicious, and dangerously drinkable DIPA. I read once (I think it was Jamil Z who said it) that if a DIPA has to be sipped, then it aint a good DIPA. There's no danger of that here, I could easily and quickly sink a few of these. I hope you're entering this in the Feb competition?



Next up the Stone:

Aroma
Incredibly powerful dank, resinous hops.

Appearance
Golden colour with a bit of hop haze. Head faded pretty quickly.

Flavour
Grapefruity hop flavour is huge and very nice, with a dry bitter finish that really lingers. Very smooth. All the clone recipes I can find for this are simply pale malt with about 6% light crystal but it seems a little more complex than that, though I can't quite put my finger on it.

Overall Impression
Really good DIPA. If you like the west coast, grapefruit juice, bitter AIPAs rather than the sweet juicy NEIPA usurpers then they don't get much better than this.



Comparison
The colour of the stone is a lot lighter, but the head retention on DrM's is much better.
DrM's aroma is sweeter, more floral than the resinous Stone. Tbh I have never experienced a home brewed beer ever with as powerful a hop aroma as the Stone, I wish I knew how they did that.
The flavour of the Stone is a little sweeter and more grapefruity than DrM's which I think has more hop bitterness, though the flavours are definitely similar.

Great job mate, this was most enjoyable and I really appreciate you sending one of these and letting me do a comparison
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Glad you liked it.
It's definitely going in for the comp, will be good to get more feedback on it.
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