48 hours in the refrigerator, finished mowing the lawn and Formula One qualifying starting, need a beer. A nice IPA or pale ale with a citrus note would be great, so I poured the bottle primed with table sugar into a chilled glass.
This is the one week in the bottle tasting and this is what I have.
The smell is clean with hop and citrus, zero off smells.
The appearance is a little darker than I expected and it may have just a touch of chill haze, but overall I am not complaining. I have been reading about late extract additions, which should lighten the color and a cold crash may help with the chill haze.
Carbonation is, to me, perfect and nothing to change here.
Taste, first I would not call this an IPA, but a pale ale and do not get me wrong this is not a bad thing. It has a very nice mid-range bitterness, it is light but with a pop of citrus......more specific grapefruit....there is a pop of grapefruit. There are zero off flavors, sorry getting excited here, but this has to be the most perfect summer time, hot weather beer I have ever had. This is the beer I want when I am at the ballpark watching nine innings in the dog days of August.
I know there is the chance they may get better with a little age?????? I really think that is going to be a hard one to do. There is a chance that awful off favor takes over and I loose the whole batch. Question is how many should I throw in the refrigerator?