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Session ale doesn't taste like a session ale!

I just tasted my first Northern Brewer Dead Ringer IPA after following directions to a T from the brew all the way through to bottle conditioning (and the usual care in sanitizing all equipment).

The taste is fine, but more bitter a lot more body than I expected, virtually no head and also the beer came out a lot darker than in the picture. This is supposed to be a session beer but I can’t picture myself drinking more than one in a sitting.

Trying to troubleshoot what may have gone wrong… It was my first double fermentation process so maybe something went wrong in the transition? Temperature should have been fine, 64-68 range throughout. Or is it possible something wasn’t sanitized? Would love to hear an expert opinion on this.

Thanks brewers
Paul

The DR is one of my favorites. I wouldn’t consider it a session beer with an OG 1.064 unless three 12 ouncers is the limit for your sessions. I keep the color light and some what reduce perceived body by adding at least half of the LME with 15 minutes left in the boil. The same time I add the Irish moss and yeast nutrient. I don’t use a secondary. Confirm FG has been reached around day 14 then dry hop for 7 days. Usually bottle around day 21. By that time the hops have dropped along with any other sediment and excess yeast. I do use a little mesh catch bag at the end of the auto siphon tube to catch stray bits of hops.

Sometimes the dry hop is after 21 days in the primary.

No head on the beer from carbonation may be not enough priming sugar, or more likely not enough warm conditioning time for this moderate gravity beer. I’ll condition for 3 to 4 weeks before chilling the first one.

Extra bitterness beyond what the hops provide can come from extracting tannins from the grains. Tannins can be extracted when the pH of the brewing water exceeds 6.0.

What was your timeline for this brew? Have a good picture showing the color in the glass?

A little extra time bottle conditioning may mellow the bitterness if it is the hops that make it seem too bitter. Extra body can come from having less than five gallons in the primary fermentor also.

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It could be from the late dryhops you did use. Two weeks before botteling or kegging. Are you extract or all grains. I let it stand one week longer. Before i keg. So it conditions. More.

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I thought dead ringer was a Two Hearted clone. I didn’t think that was a session ale at 7%. Not sure why they wrote it on the description like that maybe advertising

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Perhaps it was @denny writing the description. Life (and session beers?) begins at 1.060.

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