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Caddy Tan American Brown Ale Tasting

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

caddy tan american brown ale

It doesn’t seem like six weeks have passed since I brewed my first batch of Caddy Tan an American brown ale. This is my third tasting of the beer with my first coming only a week after it was brewed. It is much better now.

Look: Deep brown with an inch of creamy, tan foam. Retention is quite good with a somewhat sticky lacing throughout.

Aroma: Orange citrus hits the nose first while roast and chocolate malt along with touches of fruity hops add some complexity. A touch of sweeteness can be found but that could be part of the hops actually.

Taste: Light chocolate and roast flavors take a backseat to a sweet orange end. This is joined by a light bitterness that the fades quickly, while being joined by a touch of chocolate and roast.

Drinkability: The light bitterness of the overall beer, as well as the sweet orange and fruity hops, make it quite easy to drink. Medium carbonation with the same mouthfeel, there is a dry mouth feel that sets in.

Overall: Since my original tasting the beer has rounded out nicely. The beer is much more bitter when cold and definitely needs a chance to warm. The aroma is probably the hightlight. The taste seems faint, from the malt end, but the hops add a very juicy finish. In spite of my complaints that I left a lot of aroma in the hop bag on bottling day, I think there is a nice amount of hop aroma.

I would definitely make the beer again. Going to have the TNBC guys give it a taste tonight to get some more feedback. Enjoy!

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Caddy Tan Brown Ale

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

caddy tan

It has been a while since I have come forth with thoughts on a brewing day. Rich recently mentioned his first brew day with me, which I affectionately named Rich’s Bitch. Since one of my New Year’s resolutions is to brew more and talk about it here, here we go!

Whenever I decide to brew a new style of beer, I do my homework. I check out BJCP guidelines and then scour the web for recipes. I decided that I needed some type of brown ale in repertoire. After reading the style guidelines for an American Brown Ale, I knew it was my type of beer: lots of hops.

After a week or so of screwing around, I settled on the following recipe:

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-05 (was lazy)
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.058
Final Gravity: 1.014 (estimate)
IBU: 48.8
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 21 @70*F
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7 @70*F dry hopped

Grain Bill:
10.0# 2-Row
0.5# Crystal 60L
0.5# Crystal 40L
0.5# Wheat Malt
0.5# Chocolate Malt
0.25# Cara-Pils
0.25# Victory

Mash 152*F for 60 minutes.

Hop Bill:
0.75oz Warrior (15.0%) @ 60 min
1.00oz Amarillo (8.5%) @ 20 min
1.00oz Amarillo (8.5%) @ 0 min
2.00oz Amarillo (8.5%) dry hop for seven days

Looking at the recipe I think I might have too many different grains, especially with the Wheat, Cara-Pils, and Victory combination. Based on what I wanted to achieve, I think there is some over lap. Once I bottle, I will know for sure.

The brew day went smooth. I was joined at various times by Chuck and Dave, sharing some home brew with each made the time pass quite quickly. The beer was busy fermenting this morning. I should be trying this one out in about a month. Enjoy!

2012-02-12 – Bottled, ended up with 27 bombers.

2012-03-07 – Tasted and reviewed.

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Cigar City Brewing Company Cubano-Style Espresso

Friday, December 9th, 2011
cigar city brewing cubano-style espresso

Cigar City Cubano-Style Espresso

Time flies by so quickly. I remember tasting and reviewing Cubano-Style Espresso by Cigar City Brewing for 365 American craft beers in 365 days like it yesterday but after looking back, it has already been eight months.

A nice, light American Brown Ale base shares the beer presence with espresso beans. Neither is bold but well balanced, making a nice experience. I think I would have rated this one a bit higher this time around though. Tasting is subjective, many variables play their way into the experience, there is no guarantee we will have the sames sensory explosion each and every time, even with the same American craft beer.

This will only be the first of a couple American craft beers this evening. The next will participate in the families Friday night movie night over a couple of bags of freshly popped and hot popcorn. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 7 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 7.9

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Pelican Pub & Brewery Doryman’s Dark Ale (365 Day 350)

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
pelican pub & brewery doryman's dark ale

Pelican Doryman's Dark Ale

Why is it that many of the American craft beer web sites make it almost impossible to find information about their beers? On top of that, why do so many not keep that information up to date? Frustrating.

Beer number 350 is Doryman’s Dark Ale by Pelican Pub & Brewery is an American Brown Ale. This was from a version bottled in 2010 so there is a bit of age on the bottle.

Note: this is a lost post that I never pushed out and why I have two American craft beers numbered 350.

Aroma: 7 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 8.5

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