I finally cracked open one of my latest creations for tasting - the California Ale.
This sucker has some carbonation. More than I had planned on. Pour has a vigorous head that dissipates very quickly. However the carbonation stays on the toungue throughout.
The nose is a bit of apples, and indeed there is a bit of cider flavor to it. Not quite what I was going for, but I think I just may have gone overboard with the yeast selection. Apparently this can happen when yeasts are pitched at a temperature that is too high, which is what I intentionally did for this beer. There does seem to be another zing present that is kind of what I was going for, so maybe I’ll call it a draw. It is certainly drinkable. The hop character is well balanced, although it is a little bit on the malty side.
For the next batch I think I’ll reduce the amount of Crystal and see if that helps. I don’t think there is much that I can do about the cider flavor.