I’ve been looking forward to this beer since I picked up a pound of El Dorado’s earlier in the year over from Yakima Valley Hops. I’ve had a few beers with El Dorado before and really like the profile. I’ve had beers a bit more tropical fruit notes and some with more watermelon and stone fruits. It will be interesting to sample the profile of this beer. The recipe is nearly identical to the last version of this beer except I decided to bump up the percentage of Munich up just a bit and dropped the OG down to 1.050. I also dropped the overall amount of hops to account for the higher alpha acids in the El Dorado’s (14.6%). I recently upgraded my brew kettle as well to a 10 gallon Blichmann Boilermaker and since this a pretty simple recipe I figured it would be a good first beer to brew with it. The pot is fantastic and cut down a good amount of time, no more racking from my old brew kettle to the fermenter!
Mash: 152 (60 min)
Boil: 60 min.
Mash pH: 5.3
83.0% NW Pale Ale Malt
11.3% Munich 10l
3.8% Light Crystal (30/37l)
1.9% Acidulated Malt
2g El Dorado (14.6%) 60 min.
0.5 oz El Dorado (14.6%) 10 min.
4.00 oz El Dorado (14.6%) 0 min.
4.50 oz El Dorado (14.6%) Dry Hop
Wyeast 1272 – American Ale II
Made a 1.5l starter the morning before brew day and pitched into 75 degree wort. Brought the temperature down to 66 after fermentation took off. I’m planning of fermenting this beer a bit cooler than the last single hop to get a little cleaner ester profile in order to really see how these hops taste.
Kegged on 5/18. Finished nice and dry at 1.010. Sample had a huge pineapple aroma. In fact, after dumping the hops and trub out of the fermenter in the back yard, pineapple and mango filled the air, it was crazy. The is definitely going to be a tropical fruit juice beer.
Tasting notes – 6.15.15
Appearance: Light cooper with a billowy white head. Excellent retention.
Aroma: Ripe peaches, pineapple, strawberries, almost guava juice like.
Taste: Pineapple up front with some stone fruit following, maybe a little watermelon in there also. Really fruity, but complex and I’m not getting much in the way of tropical fruits. The flavors stay pretty consistent through the entire taste and just seems to fade away. No bitterness to speak of, just a lingering fruitiness that stays on the palate.
Mouthfeel: Medium with Medium carbonation.
Overall: I’m really enjoying this beer and this hop. The El Dorado is pretty interesting and I get pineapple, peaches, watermelon and strawberries. The hop intensity of this beer is a little less than I was anticipating and less that the simcoe single hop, but is definitely still a hoppy pale ale. The bitterness is in perfect balance and really just all the great hoppy, fruitiness comes through. Ultimately, I think El Dorado is a hop that probably needs to be paired with at least one other hop but I love the flavors it contributes.