Things have been busy at the Nest! Slow December Sunday with no rain means taking advantage and getting in another batch. I have a good amount of a few different variety of hops that I want to use up and really see how they taste on their own so I’m going to start to do a series of Single Hop Pale Ales and the 1st up is Simcoe (with Belma and First Gold to follow). I’m going to keep the recipe and gravities pretty similar as this beer to try to keep this standard so make evaluating the hop character of each variety easier.
Mash: 152 (60 min)
Boil: 75 min.
Mash pH: 5.3
84.1% NW Pale Ale Malt
7.5% Munich 10l
3.7% Light Crystal (30/37l)
1.9% Acidulated Malt
0.15 oz Simcoe (10.5%) 60 min.
0.75 oz Simcoe (10.5%) 10 min.
5.00 oz Simcoe (10.5%) 0 min.
4.50 oz Simcoe (10.5%) Dry Hop
Wyeast 1272 – American Ale II
Made a 1.5l starter the day before and pitched into 68 deg. wort. Brought temp. down slowly w/ low basement temps and wet shirt. Allowed beer to free rise up to 68 during high fermentation. This one is batch 18 for the year, a new record!
Gravity sample was burting w/ fruity hop aroma and tasted quite nice. Finished a touch drier than I was anticipating, but not a bad thing for a hop forward beer. Put it on gas Christmas day, so should be drinking nice by New Years.
Tasting notes – 1.24.15
Appearance: Goldenrod with a thick, billowy white head. Very nice looking pint.
Aroma: Pine needles, some tropical fruit, maybe passion in the nose. Really bright aroma.
Taste: Similar flavors from the aroma jump out in the first taste. The pine is first followed by some orangey citrus flavors and some tropical fruit notes are uncovered as the taste is ending. Hop oils are really present in the taste and coat the tongue. The bitterness is just right, not bitter just really hop forward.
Mouthfeel: Medium with medium carbonation
Overall: Batch one of the singe hop pale series is a success. Simcoe is a real interesting hop that gives both pine, earthy and citrus/fruity notes. Really like how dry the beer ended up being, lets the hops shine through and makes the pint quite easy to drink, even if it was a tad stronger in alcohol than I was intending.