I bottled my Dead Ringer IPA 2.5 weeks ago. I tried one and mine doesn’t taste like an ipa. I can’t really taste the hops coming through at all. I followed the directions exactly and used a hop bag both during the brew and during dry hopping. In addition, something about it tasted “off”. It just didn’t taste good. Neither my wife or I wanted to even finish the bottle I had opened up. I looked up the different off flavors infection can contribute to your beer and the only ones that I felt might be there are buttery and yeasty. I only slightly perceive the buttery flavor, the yeast a little more so. Although, the day before, I had swirled my bottles up a bit to get the yeast off the bottom.
For those of you who have brewed this, is it normal for it not to be recognizable immediately as an IPA? I’m an IPA fan and feel that I would be able to blind taste test any commercial IPA and immediately identify it as one. I’m also concerned I may have an infection, as all the reviews for this beer say it is AMAZING(even this early on), and I have a hard time believing what I’ve got now is going to improve enough with time to be all that good. At this point I don’t even find it drinkable.
If I have an infection, I’d like to find out sooner rather than later, to free up my bottles. Any input based on your own experience with this beer would be much appreciated. Thanks!