The Yeast is ALIVE! I decided to taste this once I got home from the lab today in excitement and anticipation for my yeast project at the lab at Augustana. All plates had growth and few mutations were present. I'm currently reviving and propagating the Pacific ale yeast from 6 months ago for a new batch of black IPA we'll be brewing in early December. Thank you Justen Parris for donating this beer to the blog!
Appearance: Prior to pouring I noticed a lot of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Poured into a tulip'd snifter. Bright orange gold with a prominent, but well attributed haze. Looks still. Some minor accumulation of bubbles on the surface of the beer, along with a think white foam ring on the inner perimeter of the glass. Hardly any lacing.
Aroma: Tropical fruit and citrus. I can pick out notes of sweet orange peel and papaya along with a faint undertone of alcohol. Alternative fruity esters are present characteristically similar to plums
Taste: There is a brief acidic tartness at the forefront of the beer, prior to the realization of any malt backbone. After, the malt is present in a mild biscuity, breadiness. This beer also leaves a lot to the yeast. Quite estery in and of itself, I can certainly pick out the tropical fruit and more notably, the plums. The front also faintly introduces notes of orange peel which eventually becomes drowned out by the complexities to come. The end is slightly earthy with a grassy element in the aftertaste. Alcohol is apparent in the back of the jaw before the ultimate finish. A residual grassiness is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and viscous, but still remaining quite drinkable. The carbonation is subtle and not over bearing, as it lightly bubbles a fine foam over the tongue. Finish is dry and alcoholic, yet warming and crisp.
Overall Impression: Complex as all hell, but still retaining a drinkable attitude. The body is heavier, just is the flavor. Fruity, hoppy and some pine interspersed. Hop head welcome, newbie beware.