Pale Ale

Holman House Pale #15

Well after some minor repairs and finally getting a decent day to brew, it was time to dust of the equipment and get the burner fired up for the 1st brew of the new year. For this batch in the rotating hoppy pale ale series, I’m using Comet, Meridian and Mosaic with the standard base beer that I’ve been using for a while now. Comet gives a grapefruit/tangerine flavor with the Meridian giving a nice lemon/sweet lemon bar flavors and should really go well with the smaller additions of Mosaic which tend to impart some tropical fruit/peach/blueberry flavors. The Comet and Meridian are a much lower alpha acid percentage and shouldn’t overwhelm this beer. For this beer I’ve also decided to move on from the British Ale (Wy1098/A01) that I’ve been using for the last couple editions. There wasn’t anything wrong with this yeast really but I tend to like the ease of use and ester profile of Imperial’s A24 – Dry hop blended strain for hoppy beers.

OG: 1.051
FG: 1.008
ABV: 5.6%
Mash: 152 (60 min.)
Boil: 75 min.

Water Profile:

Ca: 78
Mg: 1
Na: 4
So4: 96
Cl: 67
BiCarbonate: 15
Mash pH: 5.3

61.5% Pilsner Malt
16.4% Flaked Oats
16.4% Red Wheat Malt
3.1% CaraPils
2.6% Acid Malt

8g Comet (8.7%) 60 min.
0.75 oz Comet (8.7%) 10 min.
2.5o oz Comet (8.7%) 0 min.
2.5 oz Meridian (6.5%) 0 min.
2.5 oz Mosaic (12.3%) 0 min.
4 oz Comet (8.7%) Dry Hop
2.5 oz Meridian (6.5%) Dry Hop
2 oz Mosaic (12.3%) Dry Hop

*Hop steep of 30 mins, temperature down to 185 when started to cool.

Imperial A24 – Dry Hop

Pitched yeast at 65 and added some heat to get fermentation going the following morning. I’ve noticed this yeast likes a little bit higher of a temperature as the low end of the range seems to take 12+ hours to get started. Will ferment at 72 and dry hop after a couple of days.

Kegged on 2.26 – finished really dry at 1.008. This batch I dropped the % of carapils in half and that appears to have caused a little more attenuation than last batch. Gravity sample tasted hoppy and smooth, should be on tap in a week.

Tasting Notes – 4.10.17

Aroma: Big fruity aroma, peaches, tropical fruits and lemon. Aroma is potent and inviting.

Appearance: Has cleared up since first being on draft. Originally it was hazy and now there’s just a slight haze with a pale yellow color. Head retention is okay, nothing to write home about.

Taste: Similar flavors as in the aroma. Very fruity and smooth with no real bitterness to speak of. Hops dominate as there isn’t much of a malt presence. Hops are giving a tropical fruit, grapefruit and lemon flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium low with medium carbonation.

Overall: This one turned out pretty well. Nice hop profile with a real big fruity hop notes and very minimal bitterness. Drinks smooth with it being such a dry beer. Head retention could be better but this yeast strain seems to contribute to that. Cheers.

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