This recipe pre-dated my Black IPA recipe, and was something I initially thought would be a Black IPA. But in the end, it just turned out to be a smooth black ale. I might change it up some next time, but it’s decent as it is anyway.
Slight sweet aroma of hops and mild black malt in the background. Crispness of taste that clears the palate, then dark malt slides in after that. Flavorful, but leaves the palate clear with a slight lingering dark malt sweetness.
Brewed: 5/10/2021. Distributed: 6/8/2021.
ABV: 6.4%, IBU: 68
Malts: Golden Promise, Carafa III, Munich, Carafa I.
Yeast: Imperial Yeast A07 Flagship.
I wanted to do a lager to try out new pressurized fermentation process/equipment, and I thought a rye lager might be cool. I was looking for a COVID-inspired name, so came up with IRL, which I learned what it meant during lockdown quarantines.
Aroma is faint sweetness like pears or some sort of light fruit. Taste is initially pretty flat on the palate, then turns to a nice mild grain taste. Not much notable hop presence, mostly overall clean malt-tasting lager. No real detectable rye “spiciness”, other than maybe hints of a slickness on the palate in the background.
Brewed: 5/2/2021. Distributed: 5/27/2021.
ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 35
Malts: Maris Otter, Rye Malt, Munich, Caramel 20L, Carafoam.
Hops: Cascade, Willamette.
Yeast: Wyeast 2308 Munich Lager.
Cheesy name, but I wanted to try a new yeast from Imperial Yeast, called Barbarian. Then I went super bitter with the hops, coupled with this yeast that’s intended to be for NEIPA. I’m super happy with how it turned out.
Aroma is beautiful and fragrant of flowery hops. First taste is bitter, yet at the same time somehow feels smooth on the palate. Lots of hop flavors throughout, combined with the smooth mouthfeel. Left with lingering hop bitterness. Beautiful.
Brewed: 4/25/2021. Distributed: 5/20/2021.
ABV: 6.7%, IBU: 115
Malts: Brewer’s 2-row, Munich, Caramel 20L, White Wheat.
Hops: Hallertauer, CTZ, Citra, Galaxy.
Yeast: Imperial Yeast A04 Barbarian.
Sometimes I have Sam Adams and it’s absolutely delicious. Other times, not at all. I was searching out clone recipes for Sam Adams Boston Lager, and I decided to just make the beer that was in my mind for those delicious ones. This was my first attempt. Not there yet, so this is just a cousin. I’ll keep trying.
Sweet aroma of malt and lager yeast. Crisp bite that has a bit of hops and then cuts out cleanly. Left with a fairly sweet, light, bitter crispness.
Brewed: 4/5/2021. Distributed: 5/20/2021.
ABV: 6.0%, IBU: 30
Malts: Brewer’s 2-row, Vienna, Caramel 20L, Amber.
Hops: Hallertau Mittelfrueh.
Yeast: Wyeast 2308 Munich Lager.
I made this beer because I wanted to try out a new yeast supplier. Since I’d made a lot of IPA-stuff recently, I wanted something a bit different, so opted for a hoppy Amber, using malts and hops I had on hand.
Slightly sweet aroma of malt with mild hop aroma in the background. Taste is starts off sweet and slightly thick feeling, but then has a slice of hop bitterness cut through and then dry things out. Ends with a cornoccopia of flavors of malt, yeast and some hop bitterness. Mild caramel malt flavor mellows on the palate and lingers.
Brewed: 4/1/2021. Distributed: 5/4/2021.
ABV: 6.2%, IBU: 51
Malts: Brewer’s 2-row, Munich, Caramel 20L, Amber, Flaked Oats.
Hops: Hallertauer, CTZ, Simcoe, Cascade.
Yeast: Imperial Yeast A07 Flagship.
For this, I followed a lot of the base recipe from my NEIPA that I really enjoy, but I used different hops to go for something slightly brighter. I also tried using flaked wheat instead of flaked oats, simply because that’s only what I had available. In hindsight, I’m sticking to flaked oats on my NEIPAs going forward. And lastly, I used a new yeast. I really liked how this yeast worked out and will likely use this again in the future.
Fruity, citrusy hop aroma. Slight bite from the hops and yeast at first taste, which then transitions into a moderate malt taste, before slowly fading out and leaving some lurking hop bitterness and hints of yeast flavor.
Brewed: 3/27/2021. Distributed: 4/24/2021.
ABV: 4.9%, IBU: 56
Malts: Maris Otter, Flaked Wheat, Caramel 20L.
Hops: Columbus, Zythos, Amarillo, Simcoe.
Yeast: Imperial Yeast A38 Juice.
This is one of my favorites. Born from an ethereal experience after a 5k run up in Traverse City, where they had beer during and after the race. I had this phenomennal beer with Galaxy hops. It was so delicious post-run, but was my inspiration for this beer. I’ve made it several times. This was the other beer entry in National Homebrew Competition.
Beautiful color of orange with a white frothy head. The beer is opaque and hazy from the flaked wheat. Nice perky hop aroma. Flavorful punch of hop zest on first drink that fills the mouth with exciting hop flavors, and full sweetness of the yeast. Finishes fairly crisp, with lingering hop bitterness trailing off into the distance.
Brewed: 2/13/2021. Distributed: 3/13/2021.
ABV: 5.4%, IBU: 83
Malts: Maris Otter, Flaked Wheat, White Wheat, Caramel 20L.
Hops: Hallertauer, Galaxy.
Yeast: White Labs WLP008 East Coast Ale
Guinness was my gateway beer to craft beer. We went on our honeymoon to Ireland and spent 2 weeks driving around the island. Every night involved Guinness, and by the end of my 2 weeks, I was hooked, and started exploring other beers when we came back to the US. Years later, after visiting the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, I enjoyed Guinness in their brewery pub and it was phenomenal. This homebrew recipe I got from a guy’s YouTube channel where he pretty much relayed the same Guinness experience and thought this recipe was pretty close.
Mild aroma of dark malt, with hints of hops in the background. Taste is crisp and gives the tastebuds a minor kick as it hits the tongue. Mellows almost immediately and then the malt & yeast fade out slowly. Flavorful and refreshing.
Brewed: 2/26/2021. Distributed: 3/13/2021.
ABV: 4.1%, IBU: 36
Malts: Maris Otter, Flaked Barley, Roasted Barley.
Yeast: Wyeast 1084 Irish Ale
I made this recipe once before and enjoyed it, then recently had a hankering to work it in to my brew rotation. That hit my rotation at the same time as I got an email about the National Homebrew Competition, so I decided I’d send it in as an entry.
Smell of dark malts with a dark sweetness. Crisp taste is sweet and coats the mouth. Full-flavored malt backed by distinct sweetness of the Scottish yeast. Full-on flavor assault on the taste buds and fades slowly.
Brewed: 2/12/2021. Distributed: 3/24/2021.
ABV: 7.4%, IBU: 32
Malts: Golden Promise, Munich Malt, White Wheat, Black Malt, Smoked Wheat.
Hops: Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Saaz.
Yeast: Wyeast 1728 Scottish Ale
This is pretty much the same recipe as a previous brew (Celebration or Sadness Stout), but that recipe didn’t turn out as planned. It had much lower mash conversion efficiency than expected and the beer turned out much lower in ABV than expected. This time, with more care in the mash process, I hit my numbers. This was brewed shortly before the Presidential Inauguration, and hence the name.
Sweet aroma of dark malt. Crisp bite of dark malt and hops. Then leaves palate fairly clear, before a mild lingering of malt taste comes in. Kind of like a new president coming in with a flurry of action and excitement, but then doesn’t leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth!
Brewed: 1/18/2021. Distributed: 2/18/2021.
ABV: 5.1%, IBU: 54
Malts: Maris Otter, Flaked Oats, Black Patent Malt, Melanoidin Malt, Roasted Barley.
Hops: Magnum, Chinook, Hallertau.
Yeast: White Labs WLP007 Dry English Ale