This is much better than the grolsch obviously, but it's hopped with Mosaic (a word which I can't seem to spell) and I've never been keen. Makes things taste like one of those fruity sweets you used to get in jars at the corner shop.
In-laws in town and they always take an interest in the homebrew so we've had some Porter, pale ale, cashmere apa and now this English IPA. Down to my last few bottles of this brew and aa ever it's hitting its peak now. Loving the colour and understated carbonation.
Next up is an American Amber Ale brewed by @moto748.
Opens with a great hiss, pours with a white head that laced the glass and lasted for most of the pint. The colour is perfect, a proper dark amber in the upper end of the range. It‘s opaque in the glass but is a clean clear beer when held up to the light.
The aroma is 50:50 bread crust malt, piney citrus hops.
The taste is similarly well balanced. A first sip I thought the caramel sweetness was going to be overpowering but rest of the malt character caught up, the hop character and bitterness kicked in. I‘m getting little in the way of roasted flavours, just lots of dark fruit and dark caramel flavours sitting in the background where they belong with a decent helping of fruity yeast esters.
Overall, it’s a great brew. The balance of malt backbone, crystal malt and yeast ester sweetness/fruitiness and dank piney American hop character is pretty much spot on for me.
Thanks for sharing @moto748, I really enjoyed this one.
Apart from a small glass of my latest saison, I haven't had a HB beer for a few weeks. Being away and not having a fully functional kegerator as slowed the drinking down. But tonight the wife asked for a beer so I put on the pilsner keg and poured us each one.
It's been off the gas for a while and the change in temp as made it not as carbed as planned.