Monday, March 15, 2010

Beerview : Great American Pale Ale Homebrew

It's been some time since I've done a review. And today I've got one for my most recent brew, the Great American Pale Ale. Really it's just a recipe I came across on the web. I was looking for a pale ale to do again (in memory of the inaugural beer brewed, a pale ale). I have to say I'm happy with what I've found.

The beer pours with about a 1/2" head, which quickly dwindles and rests at a modest 1/4". The beer has a beautiful golden haze to it. At the first whiff you can smell some aroma hops which is a dose of Cascade. However the beer itself isn't very strong on hops, nor is it on malt. There is a nice balance between the two. Again the beer is fairly modest, not have a very strong flavor to smack you in the face with like some beers do. It is dry and crisp, and almost reminds you of a lager, with a little more depth of flavor. It's also got a mild punch at 3.9% ABV.

Again I mention that I'm quite happy with this beer. It's a strong base to base more unique pale ales off of. By removing the aroma hop addition and possibly taking the bittering hops down by a third. I can use the recipe to launch any other pale ale I decide to attempt to craft.

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