Archive for April, 2017

Tasted: MaMoo

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

MaMoo India pale ale was brewed with Vic Secret to not only try out the hop but because it is supposedly a replacement for Galaxy, which is hard to get and ridiculously expensive when it is available. I don’t want to lead you down the wrong path as Vic Secret is not cheap either. Damn southern hemisphere hops are ridiculously good but at a cost.

I have noticed that I am buying at least a pound of hops per month. At first I thought it was crazy to pick up that much hops but looking at recipes like MaMoo, I am tearing through a pound of hops, give or take, per brew day. Eventually I will have to buy multiple pounds as I will run out.

Look:Gold. Hazy, dirty cloudy. Beautiful inch of white foam covers. Above average retention while lacing is minimal.

Aroma: Hops jump from the bottle on opening, prior to the pour. Once poured, papaya, lime, orange, berry, traces of pine, and earthy. Minimal malt backbone.

Taste: Light malts up front: sweetness. Earthiness is probably the backbone of the hops, while tastes of orange, lime and pine mingle to create a pleasant flavor.

Body: Light-end of medium body. Light/Medium carbonation. Late bitterness but not sharp. Dries.

Overall: Another good beer, just not great. I need a bit more maltiness to my hoppy beers. Might have to up it a notch in the next few batches. Too bland.

Beer is really easy to drink. I was just expecting more from Vic Secret. After rereading the specs for Vic Secret seems like I would have been better off with earlier hop additions. Still the aroma, especially a couple weeks ago, was phenomenal. Beginning to think that north eastern ipas need a bit more malt to make them sexier. Enjoy!

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Tasted: For the Little Woman

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Home brewed For the Little Woman enjoyed on the patio.

Tasting day for For the Little Woman. Home brewed almost two months ago, this beer is ready for an official write-up.

Each time I taste a home brew it gives me a chance to reminisce about the process of the brew day, handling, and packaging. For the Little Woman comes across as a easy home brew all the way around:

  • The brew day was rather simple as there was a smallish grain bill and minimal hop additions. There were no special steps. All-in-all nothing to worry about.
  • Handling of the beer was simple as well. Chill, add yeast, temperature control, and let he yeast feast. No extra additions of any kind.
  • Bottling was straight forward as also. No hop trub to cloud the beer or back up bottling gear. Just add to a sanitized bucket on top of the priming sugar liquid.

After I put my brain through the paces, I turn to the cost of brewing this beer to purchasing a similar craft beer. In this case, since it is inspired by Spotted Cow, it is an easy comparison. Spotted Cos is ~$9.00 a six pack, $36.00 a case, which amounts to $72.00+ for the amount of beer I brewed for this batch at retail cost. This beer cost me just under $20 in material cost to brew. Yes, my time is worth money, but it is a hobby. Therefore, if this thing tastes good, it is always the easier winner.

Let’s get started before I rant some more…

Look:Light gold, leaning towards straw. Hazy. Minimal white foam that is quick to leave doubt it ever existed. No lacing as expected from the initaial foam.

Aroma: Straight corn sweetness. Brings back distant memories of creamed corn that was highlighted the dinner table so often as a child. Light grains.

Taste: Follows the nose. Predominately corn sweetness. No sign of hops.

Body: Light body. Light/Medium carbonation. Surprisingly dry. Crisp.

Overall: A nice, light beer. Simple, one noted. Easy to drink. Somewhat lager like. See why so many people find this a cross over beer.

This beer did remind me of Spotted Cow but is definitely not a clone. Very similar with the inspiration coming through. I think there is a need for a few (3 – 5) IBUs to be added for more balance in the finish. Enjoy!

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