I’ve been meaning to get this beer brewed for a while now and finally was able to squeeze it in the schedule. I brewed the 1st version of this beer a couple years ago now and really loved how it turned out. The main changes were to lower the gravity to the low 5% range (1.050 vs 1.060) and I changed up the yeast strain. I really love Wyeast – 1469 – West Yorkshire, but I’ve been using Wyeast 1318- London III in my hoppy beers recently and I wanted to see how it was in a classic British ale and I’ve read that it a really great strain for bitters. I received a free pound of Pilgrim hops from Hopsdirect with one of their promos and am using these for the later kettle and dry hop additions. I didn’t bitter with these due to the high co-humulone percentage and didn’t want to get a harsh bitterness. I really enjoy english ales and I’ll be glad to get another one back on tap in the coming weeks.
Mash: 150 (10 min.), 151 (10 min.), 152 (25 min.)
Boil: 60 min.
Mash pH: 5.3
87.9% Floor Malted Maris Otter
2.2% Special Roast
10g Nugget (15.1%) 60 min.
1.50 oz Pilgrim (9.1%) 10 min.
3.00 oz Pilgrim (9.1%) 0 min.
3.00 oz Pilgrim (9.1%) Dry Hop
Wyeast 1318 – London Ale III
Pitched yeast at 68 and let free rise to 70 and will hold the temp there. I’m going to dry hop a little earlier that usual in hopes to stave off any oxidation as El Capitan IPA started showing some signs of oxidation by getting darker (although the taste hasn’t changed at all).
This beer will replace El Capitan IPA and will be on tap in a few weeks. Cheers.
Kegged on 9/3, finished a little higher than I was guessing but at 74% attenuation, not out of line for the style. Gravity sample tasted rich and malty.
Tasting Notes – 10.15
Aroma: Bready, caramel sweet aroma with some spicy hop notes present.
Appearance: Dark amber/mahogany with a nice white head that doesn’t linger around very long. Beer is slightly hazy.
Taste: Bready malts up front followed by some sweeter caramel notes coming in next. A little bitterness hangs on the tongue. Cold this beer drink much more bitter, but once it warms up it’s pretty balanced. There’s a little bit of spicy and fruity notes from the Pilgrim hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium with medium carbonation. This beer could use a little less CO2.
Overall: This version took a step backwards from the first one. The stone fruit ester profile from the Wyeast 1469 was really missing. This beer is a nicer, lower gravity bitter but was a little uninteresting compared to the last one. The malt profile is really nice but I wish the Pilgrim hops provided more flavors and interest. A nice and easy drinking sub 5% pint, but not a beer thats going to wow anyone. Cheers!