Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Homebrewed FML IPA Review

Brewery: My Kitchen | Beer: FML IPA
Style: American India Pale Ale | ABV: ~6.4% | IBUs: ~50
Serving Method: 22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

Homebrewed FML IPA
You can read FML's Phase One (Brewing) here and Phase Two (Bottling) here

The joyous day is here, time to finally rip off the cap and see how my second homebrewed creation, FML IPA, has turned out.

Given the mistake I made with sanitation during brewing, I'm happy enough just to confirm there is indeed no noticeable infection. Anything else positive about the beer at this point is somewhat of a bonus, honestly.

Relax, have a homebrew indeed.

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy orange-amber body capped by just under a finger of creamy cream-colored head that fades in average time, leaving little lacing.

Aroma: Aromatic green hops over biscuity malt. There's a homebrewed quality that's hard to nail down.

Taste: Green and lightly citrusy hops over a toasty and biscuity malt body. Perhaps it's just my hopeful imagination, but I feel like the malt has made a big impact over a 100% extract formulation. I will be using the steeping bag moving forward. Overall, it reminds me of a very amateur, oddly watered down version of Southern Star's Pine Belt Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. No sign of the alcohol.

Drinkability: It actually drinks about expected for the style if you're not put off by the flavor profile.

Verdict: I'd be kidding myself if I gave this beer anything other than a failing grade. It has a clear rough homebrewed quality, and the elements don't quite mesh correctly. It's certianly the work of a rank amateur. That said, I kinda love it. Next time I brew, I think it would be worthwhile to give this another shot to see if I can get a little closer to the target.

Grade: F+ (But still a success in my eyes!)

1 comment:

Renee Ryan said...

Keep up to date the homebrew discussions! Thanks.