I am drinking the first bottle of beer from my first batch of homebrew beer! I was really anxious to try it out, and I think that the beer is actually a little young still but I couldn’t resist. Well, truth be told I was dying to know if it worked at all, and if it was going to be really bad. I’m happy to report that yes, whole the process did eventually yield drinkable beer.
During bottling, I tasted some of the wort before I got started, and It was very bitter. True, the beer that I brewed was an IPA, but this wasn’t really a good hoppy bitter. No, it was kind of a sour, soapy bitterness. Fortunately, It seems as though the bottle conditioning has mellowed this flavor out considerably. However the hops are clearly the weak point of this particular ingredient kit. The body of the beer is great with a nice mouthfeel and really impressive color. The nose is a little less fruity than during bottling. The stuff smelled downright sweet earlier in the process, but now it has mellowed out, and things are a little more balanced.
I poured the beer into a frosty glass after chilling the bottle in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes. The beer poured a very dark amber-brown with a thin head. Very minimal lacing, medium carbonation.
This is a beer that doesn’t know what it wants to be. It has the nose of a belgian, the maltiness of a brown ale, and is trying and failing to masquerade as a hoppy IPA. There is definitely no trace of skunkiness to the hoppy flavor, yet it is somehow dank tasting.
For an IPA, I taste way too much malt. There is a sweet malty syrupy flavor lurking behind the slightly off hops. I don’t know if this is how the malt extract recpies taste, but the taste is a little bit unrefined.
Overall it is drinkable, and certain aspects really are beyond my expectations, but I think that the recipe is off. Way off. I know that I shouldn’t expect much from a Mr. Beer recipe kit, but if I had it to do over I would not have picked a hoppy beer from them. Based on what I am tasting now, I’m sure that their brown ale is killer. Too bad I’m not a huge fan of brown ales.