Session IPA - Tasting Notes
It's been a long time since I brewed this session. Last year was a mess for brewing for both Kyle and I and we just let things sit too long, ignored them or just plain forgot. We're on course this year to brew a batch a week. That was our goal last year and we didn't even come close. I hope some of you are still reading, I know you're all still drinking our beer.
Appearance - Golden, slightly hazy with thin layer of white carbonation, head with some real sticking power it really clings to the glass.
Smell - Fruity, tropical pineapple, earthy pine, citrus
Taste - Moderate bitterness for the IPA category. Very sessionable flavor not overpowering, Slight malt almost caramel undertone with a grapefruit tartness.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, full/moderate body, no tannic quality, or particulate.
Overall Impression - Very sessionable beer, my future father in law seems to really enjoy it. Very happy with the resonate bitterness it leaves on your palate. Definitely an IPA I could have 4 or 5 of and still be coherent. It comes in around 4.5% and doesn't leave you knocked on your ass or exhaust your palate. Very happy with how it turned out given the extensive delay in dry hopping and the age of the beer.
This beer was brewed January of 2015 and left to sit in a hot garage while Tina and I sorted out our living situation at the time. This carboy moved from San Francisco to Alamo to Moraga and along with several of my Saisons survived. Would definitely like to see a bigger bite from the bittering hops. Might be resolved by not waiting a year to bottle. May up the bittering hops by 1/2 an ounce anyway and increase the dry hopping time by a day or two. I only let the hops sit on this one for 5 days.
Thanks for reading and as always may a beer be forever in your hand.