Follow-Up Tasting: IPA (Beer #17)

June 2, 2011 by Jack

Tonight I decided to take some tasting notes on the American IPA I brewed about four months ago. It has changed a bit since I first tasted it.

Honey-amber color with a bright, off-white foamy three finger head that stays for a while. Crystal clear.

Biscuity malt with caramel, almost toffee-like notes. Grapefuity. A hint of fruity esters. The hops are pronounced, but the malt is stronger.

Grapefruity hop flavor. Sweet malt balances the bitterness very well. Biscuity, with a hint of caramel and a lot of generic “hop” flavor. Much more balanced than when it was fresh. Still a bit of a taste bud killer.

Creamy body with a wonderful carbonation that almost feels like a nitro pour. A little warm, but not hot.

Overall Impression
This beer has gotten better with age. “Age” is relative, given that it’s only four months old, but IPAs are best drank young. It’s still more bitter than I like and the citrusey aroma and flavor are not as bright as I’d like, but overall this is a quality IPA. I think hop-heads would enjoy it more than I do. That’s not saying I don’t enjoy it, but one is enough for me on any one day.

My centennial vine is pushing buds now; maybe I’ll do a harvest IPA this fall with them.

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