I created this beer as a simple experiment. I wanted to find out how good my year-old grains were, as well as find out how bigger/tasty my this trash bag full of hops my friend Tyler gave me was.
Turns out: both were delicious.
Appearance: Deep orange-auburn color. Quite clear. Decent head retention-thick at first dissipates slowly throughout. (Remembering that I didn’t stir the priming sugar very well. Could be that I won’t have very consistent carbonation or I just need to let these continue bottle conditioning for a bit.)
Aroma: Light and floral. Sweet fruits; vague cherry notes as it begins to warm. Not a hop bomb on the nose at least. Sweet and citrusy. Mainly grapefruit.
Flavor: Lotta classic hop flavors with a very fruity edge. Orange, lemon, grapefruit with some grassy notes in there that move into a pleasant pine-y flavor. “A very light, smooth evergreen flavor.” -SWMBO. Surprisingly complex hop profile for a single-hop beer. Very bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Almost tart in the bitterness profile. Slightly astringent aftertaste, possibly due too high fermentation temps.
Overall: A crisp, dark, refreshing IPA. Happy with how this turned out, especially since I had not idea what to expect with these hops and very old malts. Not exactly my most favorite IPA ever, but I’d be more than happy to pay $5 for this at a brewpub. I’ll stick most of these in the fridge and see how well they age. The astringency might mellow out after awhile.