November was a busy month of home brewing for me. I ended with four batches totaling 22 gallons of delicious home brew.
Lil Mon’ Down Under is an American pale ale brewed with a heap of Galaxy hops (11 ounces), mostly late additions and copious amounts of dry hops.
I haven’t been that fond of many of my beers lately but this beer made me excited to home brew again. This beer was all gone, outside of two bottles, two weeks after it was ready in the bottle. Like lightening it was gone. I had a coworker ask me how much I would charge for six bottles as his friends really liked the beer. Confidence builder.
Look: Pours cloudy giving a dull, dark gold color. Very drab looking, almost ugly. Huge amounts of white, billowing foam fill the glass. Retention is solid while the foam thickens as it recedes. Lacing begins as the foam falls back, leaving sticky wisps. Whenever I use four or more ounces for dry hopping I end up with a dank looking beer.
Aroma: Lots of tropical fruit. Pineapple, passion fruit and mango. Great aroma.
Taste: Light sweet malt takes the rear seat as the hops come through. Tropical fruit. Touch of honey.
Drinkability: Medium body. Medium carbonation, maybe.
Overall: This is one of the better beers I have brewed lately. A nice pale ale with plenty of tropical hops to hold up and balance a basically base malt beer. The one fault: I think I need a 20ish minute hop addition to give it more hop flavor. The aroma trumps the flavor.
I would like to determine how other home brewers, without using filtration, are able to clear up large dry hoppings. I don’t mind the cloudy beer but its just not as sexy as a more clarified version. Needless to say, time to turn to Home Brew Talk. My next hopped up creation will include a bigger variety of hops and, quite possibly, some rye. Enjoy!
Useless fact: In the course of an average lifetime you will, while sleeping, eat 70 assorted insects and 10 spiders.