For the superbowl this year, I was given the opportunity to brew for a party. The giants won… which was cool.
I brought 3 different beers, each in a different style. One being a cream ale (4.3%), a coffee/chocolate porter (5.8%) and lastly, a big 7.5% Citrus IPA which was first wort hopped, and continuously hopped for the last 15 minutes of the boil, and then dry hopped, cough cough, it was a partial mash too. I really thought no one was gonna dig the IPA. Once again, I am completely wrong when predicting other peoples likings. I went through twice as much of this beer, and here is the tasting:
Appearance: cloudy and hop party – cles abound (did I use irish moss? nope!). A dark orange/light brown color.
Nose: Soft but significant nose, Citrus, lemon, orange and a pleasant flower scent that was reminiscent of dandelions (that’s an idea to come back too in the future…)
Taste: a smooth easy start to a big flavor beer. Malty beginning with a citrus mid flavor. lemon and orange. the finish tasted like the rind of a grapefruit, with a nice tight bitterness and a dry finish
Mouthfeel: a big round beer with a dry sharp finish
Overall: 8.75 /10. great beer! Irish moss is a must next time, but the chunkiness of the hops really gives a unique experience. I must make more immediately!