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Tasting – Microrado

15/06/2014

microrado

 

My second “Micro-Ipa” with Eldorado hops is all but finished, here are the tasting notes :

Appearance : Fluffy head which stays around. Nice lacing is left in the class as the level goes down. The body is a slightly hazy pale copper (the picture was taken when the beer was quite fresh, with some time in the keg it has become much clearer). Some bits of hops float around in the beer (pellets in the keg).

Smell : Strong smell of mandarin, pear and melon. When the beer was fresh there was an interesting sweet thing going on that I suppose you could call “candy” but as the keg has aged it has disappeared. Some pine character has become evident, something I tend to notice with many american hops – fresh the fruity notes are stronger but as the keg ages pine gains more ground.

Taste : Starts with some fruit – pear and slight peach come to mind. Then the taste “disappears” and a mellow bitterness takes over. Not much maltiness to speak of. Could be more bitter, despite the high alpha value, El Dorado seems to impart a smooth bitterness.

Mouthfeel :  Compared to the first Micro-Ipa this is perhaps slightly thinner which must be because of the yeast since the mash profile and malt bill are almost similar (this one actually has a bigger original gravity). Moderate carbonation. Very refreshing, a nice summer beer.

Notes/thoughts : A decent fruity hop character in a low-alcohol package. The Eldorado hops are interesting, I’m glad i used them solo in this beer. Perhaps next time I’ll pair them with a more “classic” American hop, Chinook or Simcoe could work well with them. I’m quite happy with the two Micro-Ipas I’ve made and will certainly make more of them. I think the malt bill is solid as it stands – the lack of “middle” in the palate is something that I think is inherent in such a small beer but I’ll do some research if anything more can be done to compensate. Not much I can say about the Mangrove Jacks Burton Union yeast other than that it flocculated well although was slower than some English yeasts. I’ll have more on what it contributed to flavour when I do a tasting of a less hoppy beer, the invert Bitter.

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