Category Archives: Tasting

How gose it. Weird beer tasting

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This beer is my first attempt at brewing a Gose beer, one of the few german beers that has ingredients outside of the Reinheitsgebot, the german beer purity law. It is a pleasant sour beer with salt and coriander, but I used Acid Malt for the first time. Kind of a weird flavor, but delicious for a sour that I brewed only a few months ago.

How Gose it

appearance: A golden straw yellow with a slight haze, but not cloudy. A big thick white head sits on top and hangs around for awhile

nose: Lemony and wheaty. a mild funkiness underneath

taste: A sweet wheat flavor is the foundation of a salty lemon character with a slight tartness. A definite funkiness underneath leaving the flavor a bit big for this style

mouthfeel: big bodied and very highly carbonated.  I would prefer this a little dryer.

Overall: not terrible for my first attempt of a weird beer. 4.5/ 10

The Arrival of Summer, Pineapple IPA Tasting

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This last month has been a hectic one.  The end of the school year is always a fun time and with the month of June comes a real urge to drink some awesome fruit beers.  Being a beach bum summer guy, I really enjoy a whole bunch of tropically influence beers, and this is my latest attempt at one.  This beer is a citrus hopped IPA with around 95 IBU’s of Warrior/Citra/Pacific Gem being added predominately in the last 15 min of the boil.  After fermentation, I chopped up a whole pineapple that I had let “ripen” for about 1 -2 weeks and put that into a keg with the IPA.  A month later, I transferred off the beer and tapped it, here is what it tasted like:

Pineapple IPA

Appearance: A honey/ straw color that is semi clear with just a slight cloudiness, poor head retention, but highly carbonated

Nose: A big citrus nose with the Pineapple shinning brightly.  Mango and apricot undertones.

Taste:  A light beginning with a slight hop bitterness coming forward, followed by a big tropical finish.  A bitter pith of grapefruit and tart pineapple end into a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Balanced, but big.  The dryness causes the taste to linger.

Overall:  a bit too dry for what I was going for, but for a highly hopped IPA, it was pretty delicious.  This will go great at the beach or a BBQ.  7/10.  Add a lot more specialty grains next time.

Congratulation Kolsch! a retirement gift for my Dad

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The one on the right is done with work!

My father recently retired from his job of 39 years and a congratulations are in order! As a gift, I brewed up a batch of Kolsch, which was my second, and much improved, stab at this style.  Here are the tasting that my father and I wrote with my muse of a girlfriend.

Kolsch 1.0 on the left, Congratulation Kolsch on the right

kolsch 1.0 (old write up)

Apperance: cloudy and straw yellow

Nose: corn with lemon citrus

Taste: an easy drinker with a lemon taste

Mouthfeel: smooth and low carbed. very light bodied

Overall: much nicer now, the lemon flavor is well muted and very easy to drink

Congratulation Kolsch 2.0

Appearance: Completely clear (I love using Whirfloc) light yellow color

Nose: Very light, with a slight sweetness in the background

Taste: nearly perfectly balanced, an easy round flavor

Mouthfeel: easy drinking summer time light beer

Overall: Really well done, but kinda boring beer.  This beer got it right! 8.9/10

Cheers to my Dad and anyone else who parents worked for too long!

Peat Smoked Vienna Lager aged in a Scotch Cask

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This was my first attempt at making a smokey scotch influence lager.  It was bottled October 16, 2011 and has aged wonderfully.

Scotch Cask Aged Peat Smoked Vienna Lager

Appearance: A honey brown color with a light tan head.  It is cloudy, but It seems that the cask aging does this to every beer.

Nose: A slight smoke and malt nose.  Very light and pleasant

Taste:  A bread/malty beginning fading into smoke and malt.  A very crisp finish with a smooth and distinct flavor.  At about 6% ABV, this is a beer that can be easily drunk and well as sipped

Mouthfeel: High carbonation but very smooth

Overall: A great balanced beer with a very nice light body and just the right amount of smoke

8.9/10

Blanton’s Cask Brown Ale

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I knew this day would come…..

Blanton’s Brown Ale

After the better part of a year dealing/working with casks, I think I finally made a great beer.  Everything seemed to work just right with this batch.  The brew was a collaboration with my friend Simon, the cask was finally calming down with flavor profile, and it was January and Feb, perfect months for barrel aging in a Brooklyn apartment.

Here it goes, one of my favorite beers to date, even had a  hard time bottling it up to save for aging.

Appearance:  a huge thick tan head.  The color is completely black with a dark brown hue

Nose: A pleasant blend of oak, vanilla, and roastiness. A full dark chocolate flavor undertone

Flavor:  a smooth rise of chocolate with a complex creaminess, it all tasted kinda like a chocolate bourbon oak milkshake, but still had a brown ale taste.  Just a tad sharp from carbonation. totally nice beer to drink

mouthfeel: a big but balanced beer with a complicated mouth, finishes nicely with an oak and chocolate memory

overall: yeessss. make. this. again. but….. WHAT IS THE RECIPE?! time to dig up my brew log

9.4/ 10 : best beer so far on the blog

Peat Smoked Vienna Lager Tasting

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Peat Smoked Vienna Lager

This is my second time brewing up this beer.  I only use about 3 ounces of peat smoked malt and the rest of the grains is 100% Vienna malt.  The sweetness from the malt and the richness of the smoke go hand in hand very nicely.  I would try to dry this out just a bit more to really feel like this beer is perfect, but a damn good beer already!

Appearance: A yellowish head that hangs around for awhile.  Perfectly clear with an amber copper color.

Nose: A sweet malty nose with only a trace smoke.

Flavor: A malty sweetness comes in the beginning of the taste and stays up front, with the smoke being present but restrained.  A brown sugar taste underneath all the other flavors. Kind of hot from the high alcohol, which was above 8 %

Mouthfeel: A smooth, round flavor that leaves a smoke flavor sitting on the tongue

Overall: This was very nice, I am making this my official Rauch! 8.7/10

Coconut Porter Tasting

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Coconut Porter

Brewing with coconut has been an a desire of mine for some time.  I’ve only have had a few wonderful coconut beers, so this was my first shot in the dark. It tasted ok, but really, not too impressive.  I toasted the dried coconuts on the stove for about 15 – 20 min before putting them into the secondary for about 10 days.

Appearance: A wonderful Dark brown that has a honey/amber undertone to it

Nose: Big time Chocolate and some coconut aromas.  Malty with hints of dark fruit and plum

Taste: easy start with a big coconut, hop , dark chocolate mid flavor. the blend of flavors gave an almost metal taste.  Kinda weird, but if i cut the hop character, I think it would just be coconut flavor

Mouthfeel: nice carb, but the flavor is a bit cloying

Overall:  6/10.  Kick up the coconut and drop some hops.  The base beer was a great start on this beer.

Brown Porter Tasting

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Brown Porter

Here is a tasting for my brown porter.  The other keg that I made of this beer was aged with  coconut.  Can’t wait to compare!

Appearance: Thick and Chocolate colored, and cloudy.  I’m really glad I finally bought a bunch more irish moss

Nose:  Hoppy nose that smells like goldings, which makes sense, cuz I used a bunch

Taste:  The beginning of the taste is an assertive Goldings bitterness.  It quickly turns into a malty chocolate flavor.  The end has a hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a slight chalky aspect

Overall: Cut down on the 60 min hop addition or let this beer age another month next time.  Outside of that, a very delicious beer.  7.2 out of 10

My Dad’s Kolsch

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For the vast majority of my life, my father has always abstained from consuming alcohol. It wasn’t that my father never drank, it was just tremendously rare.  Not even during the holidays.  Fortunately, through persistent encouragement, my father has finally found a beer that he enjoys. A smooth Kolsch.

A german hybrid ale with lager characteristics, but my dad likes REALLY smooth, crisp beer, so basically, I’m shooting for the lightest ale I can make, short of shitty piss beer. I have been playing with german beers since the beginning of my brewing lifetime, and for many years, made bad to really bad lagers, due to lack of accurate temp control, my less admirable personality traits, and lack of worthwhile brewing practices.

In the last 2 years, I made a big turn in my product, making beers that were much closer to my intended flavor profiles, but I still have a way to go to hit homeruns everytime.  This Kolsch is going to be my next major attempt at nailing a style.

here is version 1.0

DAD’S CHRISTMAS KOLSCH

DAD'S CHRISTMAS KOLCSH

Appearance: A straw yellow, clear beer.  Light head that doesn’t stick around for long.

Nose: a mainly lemon/ hop scent, with some earthy backbone

Taste: a very clean start mouth that amps up into a lemon hop character. a malt finish comes finished behind the lingering lemon profile which is a bit too bitter. pretty good though

Mouthfeel: easy drinking beer. carb is low, just like it should be

Overall: the bitterness has a great bounce to dry up the finish. no lingering sweetness or creaminess.  This is a very good place to start from. 7.3 /10

Dad liked this too, just a bit less lemon, and clear it out.

RAUCH BIER CASK TASTING

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In the last year, I have been delving more and more into Rauch Biers, often times falling in love with the ones I try.  This recipe came from the BYO article that published the GABF winners. These beers both spent 23 days in their respective casks

Scotch Barrel Rauch (left) vs Evan Barrel Rauch (right)

The scotch Barrel Rauch Bier:

Apperance: A little cloudy and not clear enough to see through.  The color is a wonderful amber brown

Nose:  Big time oak, Ham, and an odd spearmint hint to the nose

Taste: The front is very smooth, with a smokey, oaky finish.  The scotch character is present throughout, but is always a pleasant highlight that doesn’t get in the way.  The oak and the smoke go great together

Overall: A long flavor with a  smooth sweetness, but a dry finish at the end. Add this one to the “must do again list”

9.5/ 10

The Evan Bourbon Rauch Bier:

Appearance: a darker amber color than the scotch barrel

Nose: the scent of bourbon is significant in the nose.  Underneath that, there is some malty scents showing up, but barely getting past the bourbon

Taste: A subtle cloying character and the flavors do not seem to blend well. Their is a slight tartness that comes out of this beer as well, but I don’t think its from micro’s, kinda feel like its from the blend of smoke and bourbon

Overall: win some and loose some huh?! This beer is drinkable, but not very enjoyable. I feel a pork shoulder coming in the near future for this.  5/10