Sunday, October 23, 2016

Norwegian Table Beer - A Review

Appearance - A clear pale straw color with a moderately dense head that dissipates leaving very little lacing in the glass

Aroma - This beer is all malt!  The Castle Pale malt really shines here, with hints of bread and a pils-like sweetness. Subtle earthy hop aroma rounds of the aroma

Taste - Just like the aroma this beer is all about the malt flavors.  There is an amazing depth to the Castle pale malt and it really shines here.  Bready, with a subtle sweetness balanced well by the hops.  There is NO yeast presence in this beer, no orange, no fruitiness, nothing.......and I like it!  

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a  high carbonation that is a bit too prickly

Drinkability - This is a very nice beer.  Its not quite my normal table beer due to the lack of yeasty flavors, but it is a very very good pale golden beer.  This keg has kicked remarkably quickly

Notes/Thoughts - As usual I love the Castle pale malt, though the most interesting thing to me about this beer is the absolute lack of any yeast character, which is a good thing.  The range of possibilities for the Voss Kveik yeast seems to have grown quite a bit.  In fact this may become my house yeast due to the ability to generate a super-clean malt-forward beer when fermented cold, or a orange bomb when fermented warm.  

Brewday - 7/24/16 - Recipe & Notes

Friday, October 14, 2016

Norwegian Farmhouse Maltøl - A Review

Appearance - A clear golden orange color with a very very dense thick white heat that lingers until the bottom of the glass,

Aroma - This beer is unlike anything else that I have smelled before.  There is this huge hit of orange marmalade that immediately gives way to a sweetish smokiness that is rounded out by a subtle piney/juniper note

Taste - Wow! Is this a beer?  This is so far different than anything Ive had before I dont know if I can accurately describe it.  Immdediately as this crosses your lips you are hit by an intense smokiness.  Then a biscuity oaty flavor mid-palante that finally gives way to an intense sweet orange fruitiness.  The juniper isnt particularily noticeable in teh flavor, but there is an interesting and different bitterness/dryness in the finish that I attribute to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a moderately high carbonation that is a bit prickly

Drinkability - I go back and forth with this beer.  Some days I am in love with it, the uniqueness and the powerful flavor prifile, while other days I dont want anything to do with it.

Notes/Thoughts - I dont know if I will brew this beer again, though if I do I will definitely use more juniper.  From what I have read on Larsblog, I feel this style really needs to have more juniper presence front and center.  This might make this a big mess with too many competing flavors, or it could completely meld everything together, but as the current recipe stands it is hardly noticeable.

One thing I really like about this beer is the amazing yeast profile.  The intense orange flavor/aroma is quite different than any ester profile I have smell/tasted before.  Because of this I already brewed a DIPA using the yeast and fermented it very hot (100F).  Im really hoping to get even more of that orangey goodness.

A review of the cool fermented Kveik table beer will come out soon.  A teaser, the yeast flavor profile is completely unrecognizable from this beer.

Brewday - 7/24/16 - Recipe & Notes

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Smoked Scottish Ale - A Review

Appearance - A deep chestnut brown with an ever so slight hint of haze.  Tan head that dissipates too quickly for my liking, though it does leave a nice bit of lacing in the glass

Aroma - It subtly hints at the smoke with a light malty sweetness, almost no hop aroma whatsoever 

Taste - The first thing I notice is the subtle pale chocolate roasty/nuttiness, followed by a sweet round low key smoke note. The beer finishes dry and doesn't linger long

Mouthfeel - medium high carbonation, which is probably a touch too high for the beer. Somewhat light to medium light body

Drinkability - This was and has been a good easy drinking beer, but where I originally thought it would shine during the summer months I now think this is more of an early fall beer as it quite fits the cool rainy days of early fall.

Notes/Thoughts - Less carbonation next time, I also think that a lighter crystal malt would mesh a bit better with the beer, something like 40L or honeymalt

Brewday -1/3/16 - Recipe & Notes

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