Monday, May 23, 2011

Hazed and Infuzed: Dry-Hopped Ale

The day after graduation and a long day of job applications because this recent graduate needs to find employment!

Appearance: Amber color with a bit of an orange undertone. 1/2 of an inch tan colored head, foamy and does not dissipate while it sits there. Slightly hazy, but you can still see the carbonation rising. Lacing on the side of the glass.
Aroma: Most prominent addition to the aroma are the citrus hops. It also has a outdoorsy/pine like small. Complemented by some biscuity and caramel undertones. As it warms you can begin to smell a bit of alcohol at the end.
Taste: Light sweetness that is conveyed through bready and caramel malt. Lots of honey and caramel flavoring that makes it have a kind of wort-like, under attenuated flavor. The malt body is quite mellow and it is subsequently balanced by the bite from hops. Finishes with the dry bitterness from a combination of pine-like hops and orange peel.
Mouthfeel: Has a smooth medium body and although the carbonation starts off pretty adequate but it only took about 30-45 min to completely go flat. Doesn't leave a bad aftertaste but it does have a drying effect.
Overall Impression: Although this brew went flat pretty fast, the most of the flavors are still present (couldn't get that in a macro-brew) and it is ok to finish once it warms. Tim thinks that this was originally an amber-style ale that was then dry-hopped after.


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