Since fall is quickly approaching here in the northwest it seemed time to get a brown ale on tap. Renee has requested that I brew up something similar to Big Sky’s Moose Drool. I stuck to the recipe from the head brewer pretty closely, just a few minor differences. I sparged a little too much from the mash that caused a slightly lower original gravity, so this brown will be even more sessionable than the original.
80.5% 2Row Malt
6.4% Wheat Malt
2.8% Chocolate Malt
0.3% Black Malt
1.5 oz East Kent Goldings (5.7%) 60 min.
0.5 oz Liberty (5.4%) 10 min.
0.5 oz Willamette (5%) 5 min.
0.5 oz Liberty (5.4%) 0 min.
0.5 oz Willamette (5%) 0 min.
Wyeast 1968 London ESB Ale Yeast
Pitched a 1.5l starter that was on the stirplate for about 18 hours. This was my first time using this yeast strain, although I’ve wanted to for a while now. It was incredibly flocculant and poured out in clumps, which was a first to me. But fermentation started in under 4 hours and had some massive blow off in the first couple days.
Tasting Notes – 10.20.12
Appearance: Brown with one finger white head that doesn’t linger too long. Ruby when held up to the light.
Aroma: Malty aroma with hints of coffee.
Taste: Drinks fairly mild with some slight roasted notes coming through towards the end. Finishes really clean without too much lingering on the tongue. Definitely a more reserved, session type brown ale.
Mouthfeel: Thinner in body, slightly watery. Carbonation is lower which is perfect for this ale.
Overall: I’m enjoying how this beer turned out. At first I was a little worried about it, but it really is an easy to drink english style brown. I made the error of filling the brew pot too high which impacted my original gravity. I think some of the flavors got a little diluted as a result, making this a little more mellow. I’m a big fan of session beers and am enjoy this one so far. I bought a couple beers to compare this brew with and both of the commercial beers had so such coffee and roasted flavors going on. I really like the the subtle flavors of this beer and just how easy it is to drink a few pints.