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Tasting notes #27: Colonel Williams IPA Clone

September 22, 2012

A test bottle looked like this five days after bottling – quite proud about the looks:

I suspect it is more of an amber (mahogany) colour than the real thing but only 1% of black malt was used in the recipe so it is very unlikely to affect the taste. But the proof is in the pudding, in this case a pint pulled from a 5-litre mini cask using gravity – this is what it looks like now after 8 days, served at 13.8 deg C:

Nice fluffy head and good carbonation which will decrease as the cask has some time to breath. Aroma is malty with some fruitiness, mouthfeel quite full with good amount of body. This is a moorish beer. Then the bitterness hits and indeed is as intended: plain bitter with no hop aroma to speak of, a malt-forward beer with good generic (and a bit crude) bitterness. Not piney or fruity or citrusy but a solid bitter malty beer with good body. I think Nottingham yeast works well here, none of the S-04 fruitiness but instead a dry emphasis on the hops and malts – as simple as they are.

To test the beer’s stamina to endure travel, instead of shipping it to India by a ship I have sent two bottles to England for Martyn Cornell to, hopefully, enjoy:

I am hoping the soft Tavastland well water won’t deviate too much from the taste profile (as I think this beer could take a lot more up front bitterness and not suffer), also Maris Otter was not used, but still it rather boggles the mind how much mileage one can get with basically one malt and one hop.  Perhaps this will be the new brewing fad, malt-forward bitter IPA’s as enjoyed in the 1800’s…

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