Wednesday, August 1, 2007

First Brett A Beer: First Tasting

I did this tasting on August 1st, but it took awhile for me to get around to typing it up and posting it...

Smell - Nice spicy hops layered with a complex citrus/lemon character. There is also a bit of rubber, not too much but enough to be annoying.

Appearance - Lemonade yellow with lots of haze. The head is big creamy and white, perfect.

Taste - Smooth up front, with a slightly bitter edge in the back. Complex funk, with hints of banana. A hit of harshness (fusels?), but overall very balanced and mild. Like the Brett C version of this recipe the malt is barely detectable.

Mouthfeel - Medium-low body with a firm (but not aggressive) carbonation. It could be more carbonated without it being a distraction.

Drinkability/Notes - Refreshing, but the mild rubber and fusel components really detract from it. I think the harshness is from pitching too hot, hopefully the Brett will be able to smooth this one out over time.

Here is the recipe.

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