[quote=“mattnaik”]Not really sure what this is but both of the IPA’s I’ve made have a sort of peach type flavor to them. It’s not unpleasant but not exactly a flavor I want in my pale ales. There are quite a few similar ingredients in them to so wondering if anyone has experienced anything like this. Below are the ingredients for both:
Golden Light DME
WY1028 (London Ale)
Golden Light DME
WLP013 (London Ale)
My gut is telling me its the hops. Both have cascade and I know mosaic and simcoe are similar. Anyone experienced a peachy flavor from using these hops together?[/quote]
The only 3 ingredients I’m seeing that are used in both recipes are the Golden Light DME, the Cascade hops, and the London Ale yeast, although the source of the yeast is different in each case. Cascade hops are not known for giving off a peachy flavor, so I think it’s pretty safe to rule those out as the culprit. The DME is obviously a fairly neutral ingredient that’s not likely to give off any sort of fruity character. That leaves the yeast, which, although they come from different sources, are probably pretty much the same strain, and English yeasts are definitely known for exhibiting fruity esters. I’d say that’s almost certainly your answer right there. I’ve personally never experimented with the London Ale yeast strain, so I can’t say that I’ve experienced that issue, although I’ve used other English yeasts that have shown some definite fruitiness. If you’re looking for an English yeast that’s a bit more neutral, I strongly recommend the British Ale strain from White Labs, if you’ve never used it. I’ve used it in a variety of ale recipes, from pale ale to stout, and I’ve never found it to contribute an overly dominant character. That’s my best tip on this one.