Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Atwater Pale Ale

Tasted following a strenuous track workout complete with 800's, 400's and 200m repeats. Tasted with some artisan cheese and crackers. Served in a Weiss glass.

Apologies for the crappy photo
Appearance: Pale golden color with complete clarity. Minimal head but still some white foamed film present. Carbonation bubbles visible, though small and slow to rise. Poor lacing.
Aroma: Sweet and tart like pears and other prominent esters. Some basic malt aroma and a indistinct bitterness braces the nose. Yeast undertones apparent through a bready backbone. Some candied sweetness to note.
Taste: By midtaste the beer develops a pear skin bitterness followed by a neutral grassiness. The malt profile is minimal in this one, but still maintains a brief character as it cycles in and out of appearance throughout the taste. Other light fruity esters appear in conjunction with the mild hop bitterness, but other than that the beer lacks a lot of complexity. I'd classify it more as a homebrew tasting pale ale than anything else. Even tastes similar to my own poorly constructed dry hopped APA. Some caramel and biscuit begin to make face, but very subtly. Citrus and green apple may also be noted in flavor. A little grainy and a little lacking in malt character.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy with a definite soft texture throughout. Carbonation is limited, but still helps develop the forgiving texture. Body is medium. Finishes dry from the tannin/hop additions to the beer.
Overall Impression: The pear flavor is somewhat off-putting.  Being as similar tasting to my own batches, I'd be interested to see what other people thought about this beer...

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