Auspicious 7.17.18

This past Tuesday night I brought this beer to the bar to share with the bartender, getting my first taste at it also.

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Appearance:

Pale gold in front of light, more orange gold in ambient lighting. Pours with a solid white head that dissipates quickly. 

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Aroma:

Nose is quite nice. I get sweet fruits and the juicy hop aromas I expected. There is a small undertone of homebrew yeasty smell coming off of it too. But otherwise this beer is appealing up front.

Flavor:

Flavor is weird to me. Seems off in some way. It has some hoppy flavors on it, hard to pick out though. It leaves a hop bite on the end, in a bitter sort of way. I am tasting the beer at very cold temperatures though. As it warms up it changes in a better way. I get more more of the fruit flavors that I can detect from the aroma that come through, and still leaves a bitter hop bite on the end. 

Hyper Critical:

Would I brew this again? Probably. I’m beginning to get suspicious of two things with this beer. I think that the Summer hops I had could have been just old, and their flavor has become lackluster. I’d consider trying out this beer again if I could get my hands on a fresh crop of Summer, because it sounds like a nice hop. I’m also suspicious that I might be leaking oxygen into my bottling process, something that I haven’t dealt with in the past, so perhaps I should reexamine my bottling methods. Overall this was a decent beer, despite me being my biggest critic.

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